Lauderdale County coach Brant Llewellyn picked up a milestone win Friday night against a county rival.
Llewellyn’s Tigers handed him win No. 400 with a tough 56-46 win at Lexington in a game matching the top-ranked team in Class 3A against the No. 4 team in Class 2A. Llewellyn is in his 14th season at Lauderdale County.
He downplayed the significance of the victory, though.
“I’m happy that the Lauderdale County girls basketball program has 400 wins in the past 14 years,” he said. “I can’t help but be proud of that. At the same time, to me it was just another game. All I care about is that this team wins its 20th game in the first game of the county tournament next week.”
Llewellyn said at some point in the future he’ll look back fondly at the milestone.
“I’ll look back and appreciate what happened,” he said. “But really, my focus right now is on Brooks, our next opponent. We have to get this team, that everyone wants to keep putting us No. 1 even though the No. 2 team has beaten us twice, to play up to its potential. That’s what we are trying to do every day.”
Emma Wallen scored 19 points to spark the Tigers, the No. 1 team in Class 3A, past the Golden Bears, who are ranked No. 4 in Class 2A.
LCHS jumped out to a quick 9-1 lead and led 13-4 at the end of the first period. The Tigers led 32-19 at halftime.
After Lexington scored the first basket of the second half, LCHS responded with three consecutive 3-pointers. Haley Avery nailed two treys and Emma Wallen hit another to extend the lead to 41-22. Lexington was able to battle back and pulled to within nine in the fourth period, but would get no closer.
Karlee Brown added 13 points and Chatara Cox scored 10 for LCHS (19-3). Haley Albright scored 15 points to lead Lexington (17-5), followed by Sydney Corum and Savannah Stults with 10 points each.