STORY BY MATT SIMON
The Long Beach Poly girls basketball team came out a little lethargic on Monday at Compton.
The Jackrabbits (21-3, 9-0) were coming off a big win on Saturday against Troy and it was clear the team had a slow start as they took a 21-8 lead after the first quarter.
“(Compton) is playing better,” LB Poly coach Carl Buggs said. “They have some kids that weren’t playing the first time, playing this time. They have more bodies and they’re playing with more energy and it took us a little while to get going.”
But, Poly eventually made the most of their cull-court press one their way to a 73-35 win.
Lily Buggs led a second-half push for the Jackrabbits scoring seven of her 11 points in the third quarter. The junior finished the game with a double-double after grabbing 10 rebounds.
Poly outscored the Tarbabes (12-13, 2-7) 29-10 in the third period to put the game out of reach for Compton.
“You want to start the game that way,” Buggs said. “It was a little bit of a slow start and we’re obviously still recovering from the big win Saturday.”
For Compton, Iyanna Paige scored 10 points to lead the Tarbabes and Makaia Smith scored eight.
Poly and Compton will continue Moore League action when the Jackrabbits travel to face Lakewood on Friday and the Tarbabes take on Wilson on Wednesday.