Washington leads Lady Gators in district play


Donyelle Willis | LHS Assistant Coach
In a year of talent-rich teams, the Lakeview Lady Gators are among the elite, sitting at 19-1 overall and 2-0 in district play following back-to-back wins last week against the Red River Lady Bulldogs and Many Lady Tigers.
Off to a stellar start, the Lady Gators continued to elevate with a commanding home victory over the Lady Bulldogs with a final score of 84-14. Leading the way was last year’s district 3-2A defensive MVP Timberlyn Washington. The freshman guard dominated the game with an impressive 19 points and eight steals in only 10 minutes of play. Junior forward Trinity Browder finished the match with 14 points and eight rebounds, following her lead. The deeply rooted rivalry always ignites real passion from fans and participants in true form and fashion. However, the fans caught a glimpse of all the Lady Gators in action as the starting five only played 10 minutes of the game. Head coach Dewaski Fuller stated, “It’s not many games that I get to play all of my players, and I was adamant about making sure that each player was able to get some varsity experience.”

This article published in the Jan. 29, 2022 print edition

Next up was the Lady Gators toughest district challenge of the 2020 season and the district 3-2A runner up, the Many Lady Tigers. In a sizzling matchup, the Lady Gators found themselves in a close game within the first few minutes. The game didn’t stay close for long as Lakeview turned up the heat. Igniting the lady Gator fire again, Washington dominated the court with three layups and two steals to close out the first quarter. Early in the second half, the Lady Gators were in foul trouble, sending three of the starters to the bench. This setback did not slow the team down. With Washington and Jamesha Fisher still in the lineup, their defensive presence and determination allowed the Lady Gators to gain a 20-point lead that they would not lose for the remainder of the game, steering them past the Lady Tigers with an impressive 56-33 road victory.
Washington finished with 18 points, 4 assists and 5 steals, followed by senior guard Jamesha Fisher with 12 points and 10 steals.
After the win, Washington stated, “It was just one of those games where I don’t think, I just play. Not many players have the energy that I have, and I love to play defensive because it comes naturally.” Fisher also elaborated on the win stating, “With my sister in foul trouble most of the game, I knew I had to do more on both ends of the court.”
Fuller praised all of his team saying, “This is what makes them a strong team. One player gets in foul trouble, and the other steps up. This is not just a one-player show. We are a well-rounded team. “
The Lakeview Lady Gators will continue their fight in the district Friday, Jan. 28 as they face the Winnfield Lady Tigers in Winnfield.