Lady Hornets claim league title

Kenysha Johnson (24) and Marquera Jones (11) celebrate after cutting down the nets for winning the District 20-5A league title. 

Despite an overwhelming defensive performance that held Montgomery Lake Creek to only two points in the first quarter, Huntsville coach LaToya Bennett saw room for improvement.

“Overall we were very inconsistent,” Bennett said after the Lady Hornets beat Lake Creek 54-37 on Friday night, claiming its second straight District 20-5A title. “We started the game well, to where defensively we looked like the team everybody wants to beat, but down the stretch we looked like a team that could be beat. That comes with our youth … we are a very young team.”

Donterria Brown scored 17 points as Huntsville (21-7, 16-1 District 20-5A) led Lake Creek (20-9, 12-5) 37-10 at the half.

Marquera Jones and Kenysha Johnson finished with nine points apiece for Huntsville, who dominated off the glass early in the game with five second-chance buckets in the opening half.

“One thing we hit on in practice this week was our rebounding and our positioning,” Bennett said. “In the playoffs we are going to face taller and quicker girls, so we have to have that positioning moving forward.”

Lake Creek ended its offensive woes early in the third quarter 1 and 15 leading the charge, bringing the Lady Lions within 20 heading into the fourth.

Huntsville would hold on in the fourth quarter for the win and secured its second consecutive league title.

“I was here in the glory years of Huntsville girls basketball when Coach (Jay) Oliphant had the program and we had a high-intensity defense,” Bennett added. “We lost that over the years, so when I came back to Huntsville I wanted that high-intensity to come back, that’s been the big focus with this group of girls.”

The Lady Hornets will wrap up the regular season next week when they travel to Houston and face Kingwood Park.