It took Winnsboro two minutes to ruin the first day of Robert E. Leeâ€™s Thanksgiving holiday and help secure a 67-55 win Monday afternoon at the REL Varsity Gymnasium.
The loss dropped Lee to 3-6 while Winnsboro is now 3-1. The Lee Lady Raiders are in action again today for their annual clash against cross-town rival John Tyler. Tip-off is scheduled for noon at Tyler Junior Collegeâ€™s Wagstaff Gymnasium.
Lee sophomore guard Tree Brooks paced the Lady Raiders in the loss with 17 points, while senior Emem David had 12 points and six rebounds. Senior Jordan Clewis scored finished one point shy of double figures.
Winnsboro had five players score nine points or more in its victory, led by Hannah Pinnellâ€™s 16. The remaining scorers were: Bailey Swanner (13), Danie Mabry (13), Mackenzie Swanner (9) and Reagan Johnson (9).
â€śSo far that is the best press that weâ€™ve faced,â€ť said Lee coach Lloyd Mahaffey. â€śWe can break it, but (Winnsboro) is a good, well-disciplined ball team that knows where itâ€™s supposed to be and works hard at it.â€ť
Robert E. Lee had clawed its way back from an eight point deficit to within, 27-24, on baskets by Brooks and David with 2:12 remaining in the half.
Lee had handled Winnsboroâ€™s full-court press for the most part, but everything switched in those final 132 seconds. REL turned it over nine-straight times with Winnsboro capitalizing to score 11 unanswered points for a 38-24 halftime lead.
Winnsboro coach Chris Lewis believes Lee might have eased up its intensity following the comeback and his team took advantage.
â€śWeâ€™re athletic, weâ€™re just not very big and as a team gets more tired we are going to keep running up and down the floor,â€ť Lewis said. â€śI think they wanted to get out of the half and we were going to finish the half.â€ť
The visiting Lady Raiders continued the run at the start of the second half with eight straight points to increase their advantage to 46-26.
Lee rebounded to cut its deficit back to 10 points, thanks to Brooks scoring 10 points in the fourth quarter while going 8 for 8 from the free-throw line, but the damage had already been done. REL was never able to get it deficit to single digits with Winnsboro sinking free throws late for the final scoreline.
â€śWe actually won the second half, but itâ€™s about execution and the kids going and out and doing the things we ask them to do,â€ť Mahaffey said. â€śWhen we execute, we have success, so we just we need to work more on that.â€ť
Lee now has to gear up for JT. The Lady Raiders won this game a year ago, 74-68, thanks to REL using balanced scoring with then sophomore Dominique Thomas hitting for a season-high 14 points and six rebounds while Brooks scored 10.
Mahaffey said REL showed some positive signs in Mondayâ€™s loss to Winnsboro, but will need to step it up against the Lady Lions.
Winnsboro 67, Robert E. Lee 55
Winnsboro 19 19 17 12 â€” 67
Robert E. Lee 12 12 15 16 â€” 55
WINNSBORO â€“ Hannah Pinnell, 16; Mackenzie Swanner, 9; Danie Mabry, 13; Logan Redding, 4; Reagan Johnson, 9; Madie Crow, 3; Bailey Swanner, 13. FT: 19-22.
ROBERT E. LEE â€“ Berjae Lewis, 6; Shreece Pryor, 0; Tree Brooks, 17; DaJah Thompson, 2; Erin Brinkley, 4; Kelcee Dews, 0; Dominique Thomas, 5; Emem David, 12; Jordan Clewis, 9. FT: 18-29.
THREE-POINT GOALS â€“ WIN: Pinnell (2), Mabry, Johnson. LEE: Thomas.
RECORDS â€“ Winnsboro 3-1; Robert E. Lee 3-6.
NEXT UP â€“ Winnsboro in Forney Tournament, TBA; Lee vs. John Tyler, noon Tuesday at TJCâ€™s Wagstaff Gymnasium.
Winnsboro 46, Robert E. Lee 34
Winnsboro 15 8 8 15 â€” 46
Lee 12 2 6 14 â€” 34
ROBERT E. LEE â€“ A. Thorne, 16; N. Roberts, 3; M. Timmons, 9; O. Ewini, 1; B. Allen, 3; M. Erwin, 2.