Devilpups defeat Lady Gators 59-45

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune
Story by Lance Cpl. Jackeline Perez Rivera

Date: 12.04.2013
Posted: 12.04.2013 15:37
News ID: 117720
Devilpups defeat Lady Gators 59-45

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Lejeune High School’s girls’ varsity basketball team defeated Spring Creek 59-45 in a nonconference match, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Nov. 26.<br /> <br /> The Devilpups started off strong, but lost their momentum in the second quarter, where Spring Creek took advantage to try to catch up. <br /> <br /> The Devilpups regrouped at half time and powered through, maintaining a higher score despite a strong performance from Spring Creek. The two teams brawled into the fourth quarter when the Devilpups pushed through into a final victory. <br /> <br /> “We were in control through most of the game,” said Kevin Popadines, head coach of the Lejeune High School’s girls’ varsity basketball team. “There were times that we let up a bit and they took advantage of it, but for the The team scored 40 rebounds, a season high for the team with Nikia Wallace, Devilpups’ point guard, leading the way with 10, her season and career high. Azaia Wallace, Devilpups’ guard, trailed her with six rebounds. <br /> <br /> The team is early in the season and is still developing, he added. <br /> “We’re still really young,” said Popadines. “It’s only our fourth game this year, and we lost a lot of our starters and main players from last year, so we are still learning to play together. They have grown a lot these last couple of games.”<br /> <br /> Jamaz Richardson, a spectator and Lejeune High School senior, said he expected the team would improve greatly as time went on. <br /> Meanwhile, the Devilpups played carefully and methodically, he added. <br /> <br /> “It seemed like they were relaxed and took time to think about what they were doing,” said Richardson. “By taking their time, they made better plays.”<br /> <br /> Their strengths in the game came from taking confident shots as well as a strong defense, added Richardson.<br /> <br /> Nikia Wallace, Devilpups’ point guard, and Jarmeela Shaw, Devilpups’ guard, gave stand out perfomances in the game, said Richardson. <br /> <br /> Nikia Wallace, scored 28 points and had four assists and steals, while Shaw scored 12 points. Alexis James, Devilpups’ center, also scored 12 points. <br /> <br /> “They play with intensity,” said Richardson. “I like the way they play. I know they practice hard. I see them at the gym a lot.”<br /> <br /> However, the victory was a team effort, said Popadines. <br /> <br /> “I’m really impressed with how well they play together and the effort they give every day,” said Popadines. “I believe in this team. I hope the community comes out to support us.”<br /> <br /> The fledgling team has won two games and lost two this year.<br /> “I’m proud of their performance tonight,” said Popadines.<br /> <br /> Find us on Google + (http://gplus.to/camp.lejeune) <br /> Follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/camp_lejeune)<br /> Like us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/camp.lejeune)