Red Devils pull off dominating win over East Lawrence on the road

Malik Strickland brings the ball downcourt for Lawrence County. Strickland had a game high 21 points.

If you blinked you might have missed  a lot of points. 

Lawrence County took down East Lawrence 76-23 Thursday night and it only took them a few minutes to decide the game. 

The Red Devils exploded out of the gate, striking as fast as lightning and as hard as thunder . 

Ty Hutto dropped seven quick points and Malik Strickland added a three and a dunk as LC raced to a 12-2 lead before even two minutes had passed. 

By halfway through the first quarter, Lawrence County led 22-2, effectively ending the game before it had even started. 

"We did a great job of running the floor," said Lawrence County co head coach Royal Carpenter. "We've been working hard on that and they did a great job."  

The Red Devils led 26-8 after the first quarter and 49-16 at halftime before cruising to the win. 

With the win Lawrence County is now 3-0 for the second time since Carpenter and Gary Steadman took over the program prior to the 2017-18 season. 

Malik Strickland was the game's leading scorer with 21 points. He has played a significant role in the Red Devils and after an inconsistent 2018-19 season, his first as a starter. Hefeels he's better prepared to be a key player this year.

"I feel like I'm able to play better because the team is playing better together," he said. "We've worked hard on the plays and with the coaches and it's helped us play a lot smoother." 

Strickland, along with his brother Tayi, make up half of four returning starters, Ty Hutto and Garrett Lee being the others. John Humphries, the other starter, was last year's sixth man. Their experience has played a big part in the team's 3-0 start.

"Malik played a big part in this game and the first game. In the second game Tayi had a big night," said co head coach Gary Steadman. "I think Garrett led us in scoring the first game, Ty and John have played big roles and we've had help off our bench. We're doing a good job of being well rounded." 

Despite the 3-0 start though, the coaches and players aren't having any delusions of grandeur. 

"We still have a long way to go," said Carpenter. "We have the thanksgiving tournament and then we start area play. We really need to play strong in the tournament to give us momentum going into area play." 

The loss continues what has been a rough start for the Eagles as they are now 0-5. 

Peyton Davenport was their leading scorer with 8. Ty Hutto and Ben Michael Bennett backed up Strickland's 21 points with 11 each. 

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