LOGANVILLE — The Loganville girls varsity basketball team picked up their first region victory of the early season in the opener, beating Lanier 51-22 on Tuesday night.
After a back-and-forth first half, in which Loganville had a six-point halftime lead, the Lady Devils pulled away in the third quarter. Loganville outscored Lanier 14-4 in the third quarter, thanks to a strong defensive performance.
“Any region win is a big win,” Loganville head coach, John Zorn said. “I’m very glad that we got the first one.
“I think we need improve by making more lay-ups and free throws. We also need to do a better job of boxing out,” Zorn said.
The Lady Devils made just 11 of the 28 free throws they shot during the game. The team also committed 15 turnovers.
Despite these mistakes, the Lady Devils still were able to control the game, and pull off a very nice win.
The icing on the cake came in the fourth quarter, as the Lady Devils held Lanier to just two total points, Loganville was able to put up 15.
Senior guard Kelly Ackerman led the Lady Red Devils in scoring with 13 points; she also grabbed five rebounds. Junior guard Milana Woods also put up double figures by scoring 10 points.
“I think we definitely aren’t clicking the way we can yet. We have to find a way to gel and hit on all cylinders,” said the Loganville head coach.
Loganville came into the game as the fifth-ranked team in the state, and will likely stay highly ranked after picking up the victory. The Lady Devils improved to a 2-2 record overall.
Loganville was to travel to Gainesville this Friday night in another region matchup.