By Jeff Wallner, Enquirer contributor
Lakota West girls basketball coach Andy Fishman has waited for his team to deliver a complete performance through four quarters this season. On Wednesday night against neighborhood rival Lakota East, the Firebirds did just that.
Sophomore guard Danielle Wells scored 16 points leading Lakota West, ranked No. 3 in the Enquirer Division I area coaches’ poll, to a 70-38 victory over eighth-ranked Lakota East in a Greater Miami Conference matchup.
“We did a lot of things really well,” Fishman said. “Our girls were focused and ready to play. The defensive intensity was completely awesome.”
Sophomore guard Nia Staples scored 11 points and junior guard Lauren Cannatelli, a University of Dayton commit, added nine points for the Firebirds.
The Thunderhawks were led by junior guard Nia Thomas who scored 11 points. Junior guard Alecia Catron added nine points for East on three 3-pointers.
Lakota East committed 21 turnovers and West recorded 11 steals.
“We started out in a full-court press, then back to a half-court trap, tried different things,” Wells said. “They were a little out of sorts.”
A 3-pointer by Cannatelli, who’d averaged 16.3 points in the previous three games, started a 9-0 run, putting the Firebirds ahead 11-5.