Despite recent slide, Lady Lions have 5-0 run

Putting aside a 66-49 home loss to The Kings Academy Friday night, Jan. 25 — the team’s third straight setback — Concord Christian School girls basketball enjoyed a five-game winning streak earlier this winter.

That is why Shane Mynatt, CCS Lady Lions head coach, was upbeat Friday despite the loss.

“We’ve finally learned to play together as five ladies on the floor,” Mynatt said. “The last couple of years it’s really been one or two ladies who have really carried us.

“One of those ladies, obviously, has been Ashley Penland,” the coach added about his junior guard and the team’s leading scorer. “She’s had the pressure to always do everything.

However, “Now we’ve got a little post action that happens up top, the high post, and we look to get the ball inside and then kick it back out,” Mynatt said. “We’ve got three ladies, including Ashley, who can shoot it pretty well from the three-point line.

“We just try to do the inside-out game, and it works for us,” he added.

Against TKA, Penland led the way with a team-high 23 points, including a trifecta of three-point baskets. Kylie Phillips, a freshman, added 12, followed by Madi Mee scoring eight and Elizabeth Dawson six.