"Physical Basketball" Play By Lee County Leads To Win Over Hillgrove
On Saturday, the Hillgrove Hawks boys basketball team hosted the annual Powder Springs Showcase featuring several teams from around the metro Atlanta area, including Pace Academy, Wheeler, Langston Hughes and more. One none metro area team made was also on hand as the Lee County Trojans, who opened their season with a win last Saturday to start 1-0, made the trip from Leesburg, Georgia to take on host Hillgrove, who at 2-0 picked up their second win on Tuesday over Holy Innocents.
The Trojans opened up the game taking full control in the first quarter as they got off to a 15-4 run but momentum would swing in the direction of the Hawks in the second quarter as they close out the period with a 27-25 lead. However, Lee County would own the third quarter as they outscored Hillgrove 20-13 in the period and led 45-40 heading into the fourth quarter. The Trojans would open up the final period play on a 5-1 run to take a 50-41 lead, but the Hawks would battle back to get within three as they trailed 52-49 after an 8-2 run.
However, despite the effort from Hillgrove, Lee County would pick their physicality up and close out the quarter on a 12-6 run in route to a 64-55 win. “You got to be physical and you have to play physical basketball,” Lee County head coach Kervin Davis said after the win about the conversation he had with his players throughout the game. “What happened was we started off physical, but then we got comfortable,” Davis said, acknowledging that it was when his team relaxed that Hillgrove was able to climb back into the game.
“But second half, I thought we did a better job maneuvering around foul trouble and better job staying physical,” Davis added as he noted that as the season continues, he wants to see he players “finishing games and finishing quarters” in addition to getting better senior leadership from his upper classmen. “But other than that, it’s a good win to come up here and play a high quality team in a high quality classic, it’s a really good win for our program,” Davis said.