Doves off pace, but still beat Lakers

January 06, 1993|By Kevin Eck | Kevin Eck,Contributing Writer

Western sophomore Kimberly Smith hit a three-pointer 1 seconds into yesterday's game against visiting Lake Clifton, prompting a Doves fan to claim victory.

"It's over. Go home Lakers," the fan said.

The proclamation was premature, but eventually correct. Smith scored 16 and sophomore Chanel Wright added 15 points to lead the top-ranked Doves (10-0, 5-0) to a 56-27 victory over No. 14 Lake Clifton (5-4, 3-1) in a City-Wide 4A League game.

Smith's outside shooting -- she made four three-pointers -- and the inside play of sophomore center Danielle Davis (13 points) were too much for the Lakers, who never led.

Whenever Lake Clifton appeared to be gaining any momentum, Smith would douse its hopes by making a three-pointer.

"[Smith] takes charge," Western coach Breezy Bishop said. "She does a lot of great things on the court."

Bishop also was impressed with Davis, 6-2, who held her own against Lake Clifton's 6-foot-4 center Latasha Ferguson (13 points).

"It was a good battle," Bishop said. "I'm bringing Danielle along slowly, but she's learning to be aggressive."

Despite the 29-point margin, Western, ranked 19th nationally by USA Today, did not look as sharp as it did during the Noel Classic last week.

"We were raggedy," Bishop said. "I gave them some days off after the tournament. We only had one practice and it looked like it."

Lake Clifton was able to run with the Doves early. Western raced to a 9-0 lead, but the Lakers pulled with in four before ending the first quarter down 13-6.

The Lakers' deficit remained at seven with 4:32 left in the second quarter, but Western ended the first half on an 8-1 run to take a 25-11 lead at halftime.

Lake Clifton was still within striking distance, despite a 4-for-22 shooting performance from the field in the first half.

Ferguson opened the second half with a basket inside to pull Lake Clifton within 12. But Smith responded with a three-pointer to start a 20-4 Western run that put the game out of reach.

"I think we'll give them a better game next time," said Lake Clifton coach James Monroe, whose team will play host to Western on Jan. 29. "We have two good outside shooters in Lashina Gross and Celena Falline, but the shots just weren't falling [yesterday]."

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