Hall of Fame basketball player Bill Walton once said, “one way to regain your rhythm on offense is to make some big plays on defense.”
The Lausanne boys’ team used that philosophy Tuesday night at Harding, using a stifling press that they turned up in the fourth quarter en route to a 65-61 win over the Lions.
“With a young team we understand offense is not going to be clicking on all cylinders every night, but we can always take pride in getting stops on defense,” head coach Marvis Davis said.
After leading by three at halftime, Harding used a strong third quarter to take a nine point lead heading into the final quarter.
“I told the boys that we just had to keep fighting. Told them to take it one play at a time and one stop at a time," Davis said. "I knew we had a chance.”
With the defensive pressure turned up and the shots now falling, Lausanne closed out the game on a 23-8 run.
“It was exciting Lausanne basketball,” Davis said. "We thrive in that tempo."
The Lynx were led in scoring by Hayden Ledbetter '22 with 16 points.
Previously in the night, the Lausanne girls’ basketball team dropped a tough one to the Lions. Lausanne was lead in scoring by Tyler Jones '25 with 10 points. Lucy Fisher '23 with seven points and Clinne Caples '21 with six points.
The Lady Lynx are still trying to find their identity after losing two starters, Curea Cunningham (MCL tear) and leading rebounder Mya Campbell (ACL tear).
"We are looking forward to putting this game behind us and taking the floor again Friday night," head coach Lesa Mears said. "Our girls are competitors and know what it takes to win. We will keep working and good things are going to happen!"
Next up for the Lynx is a trip to St. George's on Friday for another district game. Girls tip-off at 6 p.m. and the boys follow at 7:30 p.m.
The JV Girls and JV Boys play beforehand at 3:00 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.
The boys' team will then return to The Lair for a Saturday matchup against Northpoint (you can watch that stream here) at 4 p.m.
*You can watch a replay of last night’s game here. (Harding’s live stream cuts off during the last 45 seconds of the game)