Gators win hard fought game in Ringgold 

Head Coach Brian Williams talks to his team late in the game

The Lakeview Gators travelled to play their first game of the new decade when they matched up against the Ringgold Redskins Monday, Jan. 6. This game was nothing short of exciting.

It began with a fast break score from Gator guard #14 Ty Washington. The Skins got a second chance bucket on their first possession to counter the Gators. #11 C.J Jones made the first three of the night for Lakeview. The Gators had a slight advantage in the quarter with their last points coming from a steal and fast break layup from #23 Mike Shields, who made his season debut after regaining eligibility.

The quarter ended with the Gators up 18-13.  Ringgold opened the second quarter with a 9-4 run, tying the game at 22 a piece with 3:28 remaining in the half. It continued to be blow for blow until Shields made a three and layup in the closing seconds of the half to give the Gators a 30-28 lead at halftime.

The third quarter remained just as intense. Only once did either team score back to back field goals. Lakeview’s #25 Dillon Pikes went hard in the paint for a layup and Washington followed with a 1 and 1. Still, the Gators only led by one at the end of the third, with a score of 41-40.

The final quarter started with a gorgeous layup from #24 Tevin Hickman, but the Skins quickly countered with back to back steal and scores, giving them a lot of momentum. #2 Nate Braden made two pairs of free throws, along with a bucket from Washington to swing the energy back their way. The Gators were up 49-46 with two minutes remaining, and any true Gators fan knew their team would walk away with a win. The team went on an 8-2 run in one minute of play to put the game away and walked away with a 61-52 final score.

The Gators pick up their 12th win of the year keeping them ranked third in class 2A. Washington and Braden led the team with 16 points each, while Mike Shields scored 10 points in his debut.

The Gators have a home game Friday against Plain Dealing.

#23 Mike Shields had 10 points in his debut game after regaining eligibility.