Lady Gators move up in LHSAA rankings

Team huddle

Lakeview 60/St. Mary’s 43

After a week off from suiting up, the Lakeview Lady Gators were ready step back out on to the court when they faced off against the St. Mary’s Tigers Tuesday, Dec. 8. The Lady Gators were 5-0 coming into the game and looked to keep the ball rolling. Janaiya Fisher put the first points on the board in this one as she drove into the lane do get a nice layup. Her sister, Jameisha, followed with a shot from downtown.

Timberly Washington capped off the opening run when she stole the ball and got down the court for a fast break layup. St. Mary’s got into the paint on their next possession and put their first two points on the board. Zenobia Poydras got her first points on the next play as she was fouled and still knocked down the shot for an and-1 conversion. Janaiya Fisher hit a beautiful step back at the elbow to push the Lady Gators into double digits. Lakeview was constantly putting pressure on the Tigers, and on the next possession, Lakeview forced a 10 second violation, draining any and all momentum St. Mary’s had.

Poydras knocked down a shot from the top of the key on Lakeview’s next possession, as they continued to dominate leading 20-8 at the end of the first quarter. The second was a bit more open, as St. Mary’s got a couple back to back buckets. But that didn’t slow down Lady Gator Head Coach Dewaskie Fuller.

He let Jameisha Fisher be the focus of the second. Fisher scored a fast break bucket along with two shots from behind the arc, scoring 8 of Lakeview’s 12 points that quarter, and keeping the Lady Gators in the lead come halftime, 32-18. The third belonged to the younger Fisher sister, as Janaiya was unstoppable from all over the court. She got her own two shots from three point range. Not only was she great from long range, but the Tigers defense couldn’t do anything to stop her on defense. She had three strips that turned into easy points on the other end.

Timberly Washington

As the Lakeview bench came in at the start of the fourth, St. Mary’s got up more shots and tried take a stab at the lead, but it was too little too late. Lakeview walked away with a 60-43 victory, and move their season record to 6-0.

Janaiya Fisher led the team in scoring with 19 points, and is averaging 16.8 points through six games as an eighth grader. Early Tuesday the LHSAA rankings were updated and the Lady Gators moved from fourth to third in Class 2A.

If Lakeview continues to win like this, the sky is the limit for these young ladies.