Gators cruise to win over Hoboes

Girls basketball

Baker's Natalie Booker tries to work her way past Stormy Hansley of Laurel Hill during Thursday's girls basketball game between the Gators and Hoboes.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, December 20, 2013 at 06:55 PM.

BAKER — Lily Phillips scored 13 points to lead a trio of Baker girls basketball players in double figures Thursday as the Gators beat Laurel Hill 42-23.

Taylor Martin and Natalie Booker each scored 11 points to join Phillips in double figures for the Gators as they picked up their second win of the season.

“I was real pleased with how we played,” Baker coach James Kerrell said. “We did a better job of handling and taking care of the ball. I feel like we did a good job on the boards.

“Laurel Hill has got some really good players. Jhanea (Griffin) is pretty powerful inside and we wanted to contain her a little bit.”

The Gators (2-9) were able to contain Griffin, holding her to seven points.

An early basket by Booker and a 3-pointer by Phillips gave the Gators a 5-0 lead at the 5:38 mark in the first quarter.

Griffin scored the first Hobo basket with 4:15 left in the first. The second 3-pointer by Phillips made it 8-2 and Laurel Hill was never closer than four points to the Gators the rest of the way.

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