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Lexington girls earn first win

Lexington’s girls have been playing catch-up in virtually every game this season.

Tuesday, they turned the tide.

The Jackets jumped out to a 14-6 lead after one quarter and held on for a 44-33 nonconference victory over visiting Northwest Guilford, after starting the season 0-4.

“We finally got us a win,” Lexington coach Lamont Johnson said. “I think it will give our girls a little bit of confidence.

“We’ve been struggling early.”

Johnson moved Karrigan Ellison to the point guard position, and the results were impressive. Ellison led a very balanced scoring attack with 13 points. Alexis Fowler added 12 points, Jasmine Carter had nine and Emerson Hayes eight.

That was music to Johnson’s ears. “We re-evaluated our situation, and put her at the point guard,” he added. “And she did a great job.

“She can shoot the 3, and she can also post up.”

Getting off to a quick start allowed the Jackets to relax and play their game as well. Early deficits have been a big factor in their winless start.

“We usually get down and have to struggle to get back,” Johnson said. “We use a lot of energy getting back, and then can’t finish.

“So with the lead, it kind of eased the tension.”