The Lithia girls jumped up 16-10 after the first period and led 27-16 at the half. East Paulding came back in the third but the Lady Lions maintained a 10 point lead at 35-25.
In a reversal of the season so far, Lithia managed to get hot in the fourth period, outscoring East Paulding 19-6 for the easy win.
“The press finally wore them down,” said LSHC David Mills. “We hit some shots from the perimeter and were able to escape.”
Tashara Jones led the Lady Lions with 23 points. Selena Crummie added 11. Danielle Richardson netted seven and both Tobreshia Horn and Alexa Walker had five points each.
“Tobreshia was masterful at the point guard position in this game,” Mills said. “Everywhere the ball needed to be she would have it on the money.”
Overall, Mills was happy with the total team performance.
“We were able to defend and rebound better than at any point this season,” he said. “We executed the game plan and had a quality effort on the defensive side of the ball.”
The boys jumped out to a 17-6 lead after the first period and led 41-15 by halftime. They were up 55-24 after the third.
“We are playing pretty good right now,” said LSHS coach JW Cantrell. “We are sharing the ball well and everyone is stepping up.”
Neil Phillips led the Lions with 15 points. Dequan Huff followed with 11. Johnathan Walker and Miles Howard added 10 points each.
Lithia Springs will be back in action today when they travel to Chapel Hill. Games start at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.