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Lake Hamilton upends El Dorado

by News-Times Staff | January 22, 2022 at 5:32 p.m.
El Dorado's Charalyn Rester tries to maneuver around a Lake Hamilton defender. The Lady Wolves won 65-40 Friday night in Wildcat Arena.

A nearly two-week layoff wasn’t a good thing for El Dorado’s varsity girls, who hosted the conference leading Lake Hamilton on Friday at Wildcat Arena. The Lady Wolves took advantage of the Lady Wildcats’ cold shooting and ran away with a 65-40 victory.

In the varsity boys' game, Lake Hamilton prevailed 70-46.

For the Lady Wildcats, their shooting percentage was as frigid as the temperature outside the arena.

“We couldn’t get the cap off the basket,” said El Dorado girls' coach Ashlee Curtis. “We had a lot of great looks. We just couldn’t convert.”

Lake Hamilton jumped out to a 24-9 lead in the first quarter and built a 42-19 cushion at the intermission. The Lady Wolves outscored El Dorado 18-7 in the third quarter.

Hayleigh Wyrick led Lake Hamilton with 19 points while Audri Winfrey scored 15 and Ginny Higginbotham 10.

Carshaila Rozier and Mae Mae Johnson scored 10 points apiece for El Dorado, which had three consecutive games postponed due to COVID protocols.

“The time off did hurt us. We finally got in a flow of things. No matter how hard we practiced it, it just didn’t match up to a real game,” said Curtis. “For the next break, hopefully it won’t be until next year, I will have to change some things up.”

For El Dorado, the quality of opponent might’ve also had something to do with the performance.

“Lake Hamilton was, by far, the best all around team that we have matched up against. We have a lot of growing to do but we are going to get there,” said Curtis.

“I’m blessed with athletes that will respond to this downfall. We are taking this one to the chin and moving on. We have a lot more games and are back in the lab Sunday.”

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