The West Holmes Lady Knights awoke to a shocking development when they faced Lexington Thursday, Dec. 22 in Lexington.
When the horn signaling the first quarter sounded, the Lady Lex had somehow forged a 10-7 lead. Not only that, but Lexington had darted out to a 9-0 lead before the fans could even settle into their seats.
That didn’t sit well with head coach Lisa Ogi, who inspired her team to pick up the level of effort in the second quarter.
Whatever Ogi said to her crew had a pretty marvelous effect, and the Lady Knights took control in the second quarter, shutting out Lady Lex and outscoring them 14-0 to take a 21-10 lead at the intermission.
It was all Lady Knights thereafter, as West Holmes rolled to a 50-20 win.
After struggling mightily in the first quarter, West Holmes outscored Lexington 43-10 over the final three quarters to impose its will on the Lady Lex.
No Lady Knights players found double figures in scoring, but West Holmes got a solid team effort across the board. Senior point guard Kylie Leppla was a perfect 3-of-3 from downtown, scoring all nine of her points from beyond the arc. She added four assists. Sammie Hall scored nine points, adding a team-high four rebounds while collecting five steals. Kaylor Perone scored seven points, Celeste Ryman and Jess Marmet each added five, Kacie Leppla scored four points and collected three boards, Alexis Hunter, Kaylee Evans and Taylor Miller all scored three and Taylor Yerian added a pair for the winners.
West Holmes showed incredible accuracy from behind the arc, canning 8-of-14 3-point attempts while shooting a nifty 50 percent (19-of-38) from the floor overall.
The Lady Knights forced Lexington into 23 turnovers while committing 14 themselves.
The victory improved West Holmes to 6-2 on the season, and they remain perfect in Ohio Cardinal Conference play at 4-0. West Holmes now has a six-day lay-off, not playing until Dec. 28 when it hosts Zanesville.