Lady Gators dominate cross-river rivals Red River Lady Bulldogs

Coach Dewaski Fuller strategizes with the team. Photo by Ethan Smith

After losing two matchups last year to District rival Red River, the Lakeview Lady Gators were seeking their revenge in the first matchup of the year Friday, Jan. 29. The game logged its first points when Saniyah Marshall got the offensive board and put it back up for two. Janaiya Fisher started off her big night with a free throw for the next point. She then got back to back fast break buckets to push the opening lead to 7-0.

Red River got their first points on the board on their next possession as a floater dropped in. Jameisha Fisher lit the gym on fire when she made three straight threes from almost the same spot on the floor to make it 16-2, forcing Red River to call a timeout. Red River was then fouled and knocked down one of their two shots, which was followed by Marshall doing the same for the Lady Gators.

Timberly Washington put up her first points of the game with a wide open fast break layup. Janaiya Fisher hit her signature midrange jumper on the next play. The Lady Bulldogs made a three to give them six points in the quarter but after that it was all Lakeview. The Lady Gators closed out the quarter on an 8-0 run to push them to one of their biggest leads of the year at 29-6 to end the first.

Red River start the second quarter off with a free throw, steal and fast break score. The first Lady Gator possession saw Marshall hitting double digit points early in the night as she got bumped on the shot and was still made it fall. Zenobia Poydras got some love on the next possession, with a rebound of her own after a miss and put back for two. Janaiya Fisher swished her first field goal after a steal by her sister.

Red River got inside on the next play and had their first second chance points fall after that. Then Lakeview found their range once again when Shari Smith went outside and made a corner three. Red River matched almost every shot for the remainder of the first half, but Lakeview’s lead was still dominant at halftime, 54-23.

Jameisha Fisher sets up at the charity stripe.

The second half was more of the same as Lakeview continued to have the best game of their season, leading by 39 points during the second half. Lakeview walked away the victors with a final score of 81-59.

This was Lakeview’s 14th win on the year finishing the first half of District 3-0. Janaiya Fisher had her biggest game of the year, putting up 32 points. It’s safe to say the tides have finally turned in favor of Lakeview in terms of the long running rivalry.

In print edition Feb. 4, 2021