Lee 58, Langley 46
Reprinted from yesterday's late editions
A lot has changed around the Lee girls' basketball program since last season. The Lancers have a new coach, have added two transfers and, thanks to Ashley York's performance Friday night at Langley, they have more than three times as many wins.
York, a transfer from Mount Vernon, scored 15 of her 21 points in the second half to lead Lee to a 58-46 win over the Saxons, the third win for the Lancers over Langley this season.
"I had a lot of confidence," York said of her play in the second half, in which she scored 11 consecutive points stretching from the end of the third quarter to the beginning of the fourth. "I just knew we had to come down and have good possessions. We had an eight or 10-point lead and we couldn't afford to come down and take bad shots."
Good possessions in the second half for Lee (10-6, 4-3 AAA Liberty District) meant York getting the ball and converting, helping snuff out any run by Langley (10-6, 2-5), which has now lost four straight.
With the game tied at halftime at 23, York and Lee's other transfer, Kristin Key, sparked a 13-5 run to start the third quarter that helped Lee take a 41-32 lead after three quarters.
"I told them at the end of the third quarter that that was the best quarter we've ever played," Lee Coach Tes Sobomehin said. "We finally played a game where I don't feel like the other team messed up enough. We won this game."
Winning games was something last year's Lee team was not accustomed to during a season in which they won three games. But with that many wins against Langley alone this season, the Lancers certainly have the attention of the rest of the Liberty District.
"Their coach has done a tremendous job," said Langley Coach Cheryl Buffo. "They needed discipline brought to that program. They got two big transfers and just adding that with what they had is a great mix."
Nicole Kiffe led the Saxons with 21 points, and helped Langley get within four early in the fourth quarter. But York scored four points and had an assist on Zena Johnson's three-pointer that gave the Lancers a 50-41 lead with 4 minutes 56 seconds to play.
"She was on fire tonight, Buffo said about York. "Every time we got close somebody would come up big, usually her."
Lee made 6 of 11 free throws in the fourth quarter that kept Langley from getting any closer than seven down the stretch.