Ben Lippen’s 62-41 win over Heathwood Hall on Tuesday was a special one for the Falcons.
It was the Falcons’ sixth consecutive win, but it was Ben Lippen coach Kristen Dickerson’s first win over her alma mater, and her father, Highlanders assistant coach Jerome Dickerson.
“I know a lot of my girls wanted this one for me,” said Kristen Dickerson, in her second season at Ben Lippen. “I told them it doesn’t matter who we play. We do things how we’re supposed to do things, and things take care of themselves.”
She said she had no mixed emotions about opening a big lead on her former team, and her dad.
“I always want to be respectful. But it’s definitely encouraging. It’s all healthy competition within the whole league. To go up on any of these teams is definitely encouraging, and it’s a reminder of the progress that we made and where we’re going,” Dickerson said. “It definitely warmed my heart to be able to say we beat Heathwood, which isn’t something many people have been able to say in years.”
The Falcons took a big lead in the first period, with an 8-1 run spanning two minutes. Plagued by unforced turnovers, the Highlanders never would recover. Ben Lippen led by nine after the first quarter and held a seven-point advantage at halftime.
Ben Lippen’s Corrie Hester led the game with 23 points, and Malayah Montgomery’s steals helped keep momentum going in Ben Lippen’s direction. Montgomery had three steals, two assists and 15 points. Laura Carter put up 16 key points for the Falcons.
Heathwood’s Cami Phillips and Mya Parter posted 13 and 12 points, respectively.
“It’s really not what they did, it’s what we didn’t do and what we did to ourselves,” Heathwood Hall coach John O’Cain said, pointing to his team’s 13 third quarter turnovers and lack of polished fundamentals.
After Ben Lippen stretched its lead to 24 points to finish the third period, Phillips helped the Highlanders narrow the gap with nine points.
But O’Cain said the Highlanders will rely on their mental toughness as the season continues.
“Tonight, I saw a lot of lackadaisical, kind of giving up body gestures, so I told them after the game, no matter how bad things get in life, you’ve got to keep fighting until the end, and we’ve got to play with a chip on our shoulder the whole game,” he said.