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Derrick Mahone/Douglas County Sentinel Lithia Springs player T'era Fullove inbounds the ball during the fourth quarter of the team's loss to Villa Rica on Tuesday night.

As Lithia Springs finishes the last few weeks of the regular season, Lions coach David Mills is looking for a little more consistency from his team.

The Lions seem to be on a sort of a roller coaster ride as of late.

Lithia Springs was hoping to gain some momentum on Tuesday when it hosted Villa Rica in a Region 5-AAAAA contest.

Unfortunately, a few defensive breakdowns cost the Lions in a 63-53 loss.

“We are definitely looking for some more consistency out of the five players we have on the court,” Mills said. “If we can get that we will be OK, but if not then we will be in trouble.”

Lithia Springs stayed close in the game, but Villa Rica answered every Lions attempt at a run with a big shot.

“We would get close and then have a breakdown with our communication,” Lions senior guard Kiana Johnson said. “This was a hard loss to take because we were right there in the game. Right now, we just have to stay focus and get ready for the next game.”

That next game happens to be against defending region champion Hiram, which came into its game on Tuesday against Chapel Hill on a 12-game region winning streak.

Hiram won the first contest 63-49 at its place with Johnson finishing with 27 points. The Lions will need another big every from the senior.

With Tuesday’s loss, Lithia Springs dropped to 7-9 overall and 4-5 in the region while having won five of its last eight games.

Villa Rica improved to 13-4 and 9-2 with its fifth straight win.

Johnson led the way for Lithia Springs with 21 points while Arit Asanga contributed 15 points.

The Wildcats were led by Deasia Merrill, who had a game-high 27 points including 12 in the third quarter.

As Lithia Springs tried to take the post away from the Wildcats, who enjoyed a big height advantage, Emmy Parham had the hot hand in keeping them in the game.

She finished with 17 points as she had five first-quarter 3-pointers as Villa Rica had seven total as a team.

“We were trying not to let them get the ball on the inside and that girl got hot,” Johnson said. “There was a miscommunication on the court.”

 

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