The inside game from eighth-grader Kimora Johnson boosted the Halifax County Middle School Lions to their fourth straight win to start the season.

The Lions defeated Martinsville 30-9 on Monday, behind Johnson who scored a game high 13 points.

Early in the game the Lions realized that Martinsville did not have any girls that could compete with Johnson in the paint.

Head coach James Smith was heard from the sidelines shouting for his team to throw the ball inside to Johnson and allow her to go to work.

That seemed to be the game plan for the Lions the entire first half as Johnson scored seven points of the teams’ nine total points in the first quarter.

She went on to add four additional points in the second and two more in the third quarter.

Along with Johnson’s impressive offense in the paint Chloe Miller and Kendra Hamlett grabbed rebound after rebound.

Miller finished with nine rebounds and Hamlett finished with 10 en route to their win.

The Lions defensive effort was strong as always not allowing Martinsville to score a single point in the first quarter of the game.

“We played a strong game defensively and rebounded the ball well,” said assistant coach Lynzie Adams.

“We did a good job of getting to the free-throw line but need to improve our foul shooting,” she added.

Martinsville didn’t score until the second quarter with three minutes left in the half.

Going into halftime the Lions led 24-2 but had no plans to stop terrorizing the Martinsville ball handlers forcing turnover after turnover in the second half.

The Lions added an additional six points to their lead in the third quarter and held Martinsville scoreless.

Going into the fourth quarter of the game Smith allowed every girl to get their chance on the floor, however they were unable to score in the fourth.

The game was decided early on, but Martinsville wasn’t ready to give up as they added seven points in the fourth quarter.

“We want to give a special thanks to our Lions cheerleaders for supporting us,” Adams concluded.

The Lions will look to make their four-game win streak to start the season to five games when they take on Laurel Park on Thursday with tipoff scheduled for 5 p.m.

Josh Carlton is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him jcarlton@gazettevirginian.com. 

Josh Carlton is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him jcarlton@gazettevirginian.com.