The Lake Oconee Academy Lady Titans did two exceptional things this weekend, won in dominating fashion on Senior Night over Washington-Wilkes, and finished the regular season with a 21-0 overall record on Saturday, Feb. 13 against a tough region opponent in Commerce.
On Friday, Feb. 12, LOA honored three seniors: Kala Jo Ogletree, Destiny McClendon and Piper Bosart. In the Lady Titans’ 71-32 win over the Tigers, McClendon led in scoring with 17 points, Ogletree added 10 and Bosart put up eight.
LOA head coach Kevin Furtado explained that he was extremely proud of his seniors for finishing the season strong.
“Well, Kala Jo and Destiny have been with me for five years, Piper has been with me two,” Furtado said. “So, all three have been instrumental in building our program. I mean, KJ because of her work ethic and commitment and dedication. Destiny with her relentless drive to be great. A lot of our players have followed in that line. With Piper [Bosart] coming in, she was kind of the x-factor. She came in with her sister and just really established a great senior class.”
Although the Lady Titans won by nearly 40 points, the victory wasn’t all that easy.
Washington-Wilkes played Lake Oconee Academy tough for the first few minutes, only limiting the Lady Titans to eight points. That was until sophomore Jada Williams and McClendon nailed consecutive triples to blow open the lead. LOA ended the first quarter on a 14-2 run. Then, the Lady Titans opened up the second period on a 19-0 run in the first 3:30 of play. After that, it was pretty much smooth sailing as the Lady Titans led 49-16 at the intermission.
“Our seniors lead,” Furtado said. “They do a great job and they all lead in their own way. They have really stepped up and sometimes you don’t have seniors who really don’t say anything. I’ve had a couple of those in the past, but these seniors not only said, but they did it. Nobody’s perfect, but they really led the way and the younger kids just kind of followed suit.”
Speaking of the younger players, sophomore Hannah Heinen finished the game by totaling 13 points, three rebounds, assists and steals and one block. Both Williams and fellow classmate Kensi finished with 12 and eight points, respectively. Freshman Piper Bosart grabbed nine boards and had four assists.
Following the win over Washington- Wilkes, Lake Oconee Academy beat Commerce 64-41 at home on Saturday, Feb. 13.
LOA will be the first-ranked seed in the GHSA Region 8-A Public tournament. The Lady Titans will have a first and second round bye, and will play the winner of Social Circle and Greene County on Thursday, Feb. 18. If LOA wins that semifinal matchup, it will play in the region championship on Friday in Commerce.
“We are who we are,” Furtado said. “We aren’t going to change anything. The key to winning at this time of year is doing what you need to do, and then make adjustments. We’ll do everything the same in our routine.”