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The two seniors combined for 35 points, scoring in a garden variety of ways, to lead the Community Viqueens to their eighth district win on Tuesday night when they downed the Huntland Lady Hornets 58-47.
Community jumped out to a 14-6 lead after one quarter and then fought back a Lady Hornet rally with Alexis Smith scoring seven points to maintain a 26-20 lead as they took to the locker room at halftime.
The Lady Hornets made a nice little run in the third period when they were able to turn the tables a bit on the Viqueens by forcing some turnovers out of a full court press. Smith and Courtney Mayes did the damage offensively for the home team.
Community regrouped with Leverette and Busbee split eight points between them in the stanza to lead 36-29 when the horn sounded.
"I think our third quarter let us down a little bit on both ends of the floor but we fought through it," Viqueen coach Allison Martin said. "We made some adjustments and the girls really responded well to beat a good team in a tough place to play."
Leverette posted seven points in the fourth quarter as she was the recipient of some excellent passes from Busbee, Kaitlyn Ensey, and Sarah Pierce out of the spread offense to stave off a furious effort by the Lady Hornets to get back into striking distance.
Community hit 6-of-7 free throws in the closing minutes to seal the deal and complete the sweep of the regular season series.
"We continue to grow as a team," Martin said. "I am proud that the girls maintained their composure in a tough gym to play in. Now we just need to carry over the momentum to our game on Friday night."
Smith scored 23 for the Lady Hornets and Mayes added 10.
Leverette totaled 25 in the game to earn game high honors. Busbee, who was outstanding in all facets of the game, contributed 10, and had almost as many assists.
Community welcomes Forrest to Roger K. Brothers Gym on Friday for a 6:00 tip-off
CHS (58): Leverette 25, Busbee 10, Pierce 6, Ensey 5, Brothers 4, M. Huntley 4, Ray 2, Reed 2, Thompson, Williams, Barnes, J. Huntley.
HHS (47): Smith 23, Mayes 10, Gamble 5, Golden 3, Elrod 3, Perkins 3, Dudeck, Cates, Williams, Wortman.
3-point goals: HHS 3, CHS 0.