Lake Wales Pummels Lake Nona by 37 Points
Fri. February 15, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | By Aimee Sachs
Lake Wales' Railond Garrett (13) flips up a shot past Lake Nona defender Lonsard Denis during the Class 5A regional quaterfinal game at Lake Wales High School. (Photo by PIERRE DUCHARME | THE LEDGER)
By AIMEE SACHS
LAKE WALES | The quest for a repeat of the Class 5A state championship commenced at Lake Wales Thursday night as the Highlanders rolled over Lake Nona 74-37 in the regional quarterfinals.
Marcus Dewberry led the charge with 15 points, and Douglas Brooks added 14 points for Lake Wales (21-7).
"We've got to continue to get better so we can play championship level basketball," first-year head coach Randy Lee said. "I thought we had stretches where we looked like a capable team, but then there were times that we've got to do a better job locking down rebounding and playing team basketball."
Lake Wales went on a 22-6 run in the first quarter, with Dewberry scoring nine points in the period. But Lake Nona went on a 9-0 run in the first 2:17 in the second quarter, cutting the Highlanders' lead to 22-15. Lee called a timeout, and Railond Garrett responded with back-to-back shots to extend Lake Wales' lead to 26-15.
Lake Nona guard Josh Beausejour drained a 3 with 5 minutes remaining in the half to make it 26-18, but Lake Wales went on a 23-12 run to take a 49-30 halftime lead.
"I like those parts of the game," Lee said of the Highlanders' runs.
Lake Wales continued to roll with a 17-7 run in the third quarter, taking a 30-point lead with a long 3-pointer by Brooks at the 2:50 mark to make it a 64-34 blowout.
The Highlanders will host Auburndale Tuesday night at 7 in the Class 5A regional semifinals following the Bloodhounds' 78-54 victory at Rockledge.
"We played a defensive game all night," Auburndale coach Eric Robinson said. "We knocked down some key shots. We shared the basketball, and we just played a really good game defensively as a team."
Before knowing the outcome of the Auburndale-Rockledge game, Lee said he expected to see Auburndale in the semifinals.
"The cast of characters and players they have over there, they've got a lot of different guys that can hurt you," Lee said of Auburndale. "So it'll be a tough contest."
LAKE NONA (37): Josh Beausjour 10, Shakill Polanco 9, Frank Swift 4, Eddie Montanez 4, Riley Ayers 3, Angel Alvarez 3, Lonsard Denis 2, Kamron Dixon 2. X 8-16 37
LAKE WALES (74): Marcus Dewberry 15, Douglas Brooks 14, Railond Garrett 8, Dedric Brinson 8, avid Campbell 6, J'Quayveon Williams 6, Darion Staten 5, Shaka McGriff 5, Shaquille Snell 4, Savonte' Frazier 2, Ezekiel Hayes 1. X 11-19 74
Lake Nona 6 24 7 0 — 37
Lake Wales 22 27 17 8 — 74
Records: Lake Wales 21-7, Lake Nona 12-16.