Lady Spartans topple Seaford on hardwood

SEAFORD — Lake Forest’s girls’ basketball team won their program’s first playoff game last season.

This year the Lady Spartans are hoping to again reach the postseason to win a few more, this time by way of winning the Henlopen South.

In order to do so, Lake, which suffered its only conference loss to date in its season opener versus Milford, likely cannot afford another South defeat.

That means the Spartans, who played nonconference Caesar Rodney on Tuesday in a game that didn’t finish before press time, must win at 7-1 Woodbridge on Thursday night. The Lady Raiders too have just one conference loss, also against Milford.

Although Lake moved to 6-3 overall, 4-1 South, with last Friday’s 55-30 win at Seaford, head coach Trenita Shields said the Spartans still have plenty of room for improvement as the season progresses through its midway point.

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Lake Forest’s girls’ basketball team rolled to a win over Seaford.

“We’re still going through a few growing pains,” said Shields of a team that features just two seniors, Essence Wells and Shayna Gourdine. “They show glimpses of greatness but other times they show their youngness too. We’re trying to work through that by staying positive.”

Playing at Seaford last week, the Spartans were able to shake off rust from a nearly three week long hiatus.

The break, Shields said, allowed Lake to work on some things at practice but also had some negative consequences as well.

“It hurts, even though we had a few injuries we were nursing, because it’s not the same playing against each other in practice,” she said. “And I think it makes them a little more relaxed, but maybe not in a good way. Especially with a young team. The more they are competing against other teams the better they are going to be.”

With the season progressing, Shields would like to see the Spartans find their identity soon.

Although not a tall team, the coach said Lake should still be strong defensively.

“I think we could be a very quick and aggressive team,” Shields said. “I’ve witnessed that but they still haven’t totally bought into it. It’s a choice they will need to make for every game.”

As far as leaders, Shields is looking to her backcourt.

Although filled with sophomores, the Spartans’ guards could be their biggest strength.

“We’re depending on our guards, because they control what’s going on on the floor,” Shields said of Mya Maddox, Nicole Scott and Arika Burrell. “If they get going, nine times out of 10 the others will follow.”

Following games against CR and Woodbridge, Lake will play at nonconference St. Georges on Monday. Lake will return to conference play the following Tuesday at home, 6:15 p.m., versus Indian River.

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