Lady Lions jump out to undefeated start

Christy Willis fights a Caledonia player for possession of the jump ball to start the game.

HAMILTON – For Hamilton’s five seniors, all the hard work of the past four years is finally paying off for the Lady Lions.
Hamilton has jumped out to a 6-0 start to the season, including wins over county and division rival Hatley on Friday and a 57-22 trouncing of Caledonia on Thursday.
“It’s finally coming together for us. I have five seniors that have been playing together for the last three or four years,” Hamilton coach Sue Verner said. “Having the opportunity to play together for so long, it’s just finally kicking in this year.”
After only being up 8-4 midway through the first quarter, the Lady Lions went on a huge 11-0 run to close out the quarter.
Mary Willis hit back-to-back layups, while Christy Willis’ steal gave the Lady Lions the ball back for Myiah Dobbs to add a basket.
Aaliyah Verner’s three-pointer opened up a 17-4 lead for the Lady Lions, and Dobbs hit another shot to stretch the lead to 15 points.
Caledonia wouldn’t cut the lead to less than 15 for the rest of the game after a hot start to the third quarter for Hamilton.
Christy Willis led the way for the Lady Lions with 13 points. Verner added 11 points, while Dobbs and Mary Willis each finished with 8 points.
Verner said she was glad her team was able to get a look at Hatley before division play and the Monroe County tournament.
“It’s nice to see what we need to do before division play starts. It’s a long time rivalry. I played for Terry Walters, so it’s a very good rivalry game,” Verner said.
The Lady Lions will have their hands full in division play, taking on 2A powerhouses New Site and Baldwyn, in addition to Hatley.
“We have a really tough division. New Site and Baldwyn are always at the top of the division, and we’re aiming for them this year,” Verner said. “It’s going to be tough, but we’re going to give a shot and go. We’re glad to get the experience back this year.”

(B) Caledonia 70, Hamilton 59
Caledonia took control of a back-and-forth game by taking the lead for good halfway through the third quarter.
Hamilton broke up a 14-all tie in the first quarter with a bucket from Caleb Garvin and went on a 13-4 run until halfway through the second quarter. Ben Seely scored twice in the time period, and Troy Rowell’s three-pointer opened the lead up to 23-16.
Caledonia came roaring back from a 33-25 halftime deficit to take a 45-42 lead in the third quarter and outscored the Lions 25-17 to close out the game.
Seely led Hamilton with 18 points, while Rowell finished with 11 points.

Christy Willis fights a Caledonia player for possession of the jump ball to start the game.

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