LAPEL — With high expectations, and the lingering thoughts of last year’s historic season, the Lapel girls basketball team opened the season in dominant fashion last week.
Over the two-game opening week, the Bulldogs outscored their opponents 110-58.
On Wednesday they defeated Winchester 50-28, and on Saturday knocked off Madison County opponent Anderson 60-30.
To open both games, the Bulldogs were tough defensively. Winchester was held scoreless in the opening quarter, while Anderson managed just two first-quarter points.
Lapel jumped out to a 7-0 lead after one against Winchester but led at the break just 16-11 after the Golden Falcons outscored Lapel 11-9 in the second quarter.
A 15-14 third quarter in favor of Lapel allowed them to enter the fourth ahead by six points, and a one-sided final eight minutes on Lapel’s side capped off the 22-point win to open the season.
The Bulldogs outscored Winchester 19-3 in the final quarter.
Sophomore Laniah Wills opened up the season with her first of what’s expected to be many double-doubles. She scored a game-high 21 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, and added six steals and two blocks.
Senior Madelyn Poynter scored 16 points and had two steals, senior Annalee Stow filled the stat sheet with eight points, six rebounds, two steals and one assist, sophomore Sophie Goodwin scored three points and had two steals, and Senior Jocelyn Love had two points, three rebounds, five steals and a team-high six assists.
As a team, Lapel recorded 19 steals.
The win against Anderson was a two-person offensive show by Lapel.
Poynter poured in 27 points on 9-of-17 shooting, and Wills scored 22 on 10-of-17 from the floor.
Wills added a team-high 12 rebounds for her second double-double in as many games, while Poynter pulled down eight rebounds and had two steals.
Sophomore Amyiah led the Bulldogs with four assists and added three rebounds and one point.
Love, Goodwin, Stow and Gracie Clark all added one basket for the Bulldogs to round out the scoring, and Love, Stow and Clark each tallied five rebounds.
Junior Brooklynn Boles grabbed three offensive boards and six rebounds total.
Lapel’s next game is on the road at North Central at 6 p.m. Saturday.