The Lions (15-3 overall, 9-1 region) took an 18-9 lead after the first quarter and led 35-19 at the half. They went up 54-38 after three quarters of play. The fourth quarter was a a shootout for both teams. Lithia scored 26 points and the Hornets netted 24.
“This might have been the best we have played all year,” said LSHS coach JW Cantrell. “They were second coming in and we sent them a message.”
“We pressured the ball well and they had trouble with it,” Cantrell added. “If we play like we played tonight we can go as far as we want to go this year.”
Neil Phillips led the charge over Hiram with a game high 30 points.
“He was a one man recking crew,” Cantrell said. “No one quarter was better than the other. He was just dominant.”
Phillips also had 15 rebounds in the game.
Miles Howard followed Phillips with 13 points. Beau Carter added 12 and Quinta Bedford netted nine.
The Lions will travel to Alexander today to take on a good Cougar team at 7:30 p.m.
“It will be another battle with Alexander,” Cantrell said. “He will have his boys ready to go.”
The Lady Lions of Lithia also dominated their game against the Lady Hornets on Friday, winning 53-36.
Lithia jumped out to an 18-0 lead in the opening quarter and ended the first with a 20-4 lead. They went into halftime up 29-12. The Lady Lions led 38-24 at the end of the third.
In the fourth, Tashara Jones managed to ice Hiram from the line, hitting 6-of-7 free throws as Lithia pulled away for the victory. Jones finished the night 10-of-13 from the line and had a game high 20 points.
“It was not her best night but I contribute that to Hiram’s defense,” said LSHS coach David Mills. “They defended pretty well.
Despite being injured, Tobreshia Horn followed Jones with 14 points.
“She was playing hurt and gave us another solid effort,” Mills said. “She tweaked a muscle and we were not sure she would even be able to play, but she toughed it out.”
Selena Crummie added nine points and 15-plus boards for the Lady Lions.
“Despite foul trouble, she dominated the boards,” Mills said.
The Lithia girls will play Alexander today at 6 p.m.