Lady Warriors stay undefeated in district play, move to 8-8 overall

by dentonramsey

Lady Warriors stay undefeated in district play, move to 8-8 overall

 

By Denton Ramsey / Sports Editor

 

The South Grand Prairie varsity girls’ basketball team improved to 2-0 in district action with a 66-60 victory over Irving on Friday, Dec. 15.

The Lady Warriors, now 8-8 overall, destroyed Irving Nimitz, 87-18 on the road on Tuesday, Dec. 12 before Friday’s victory at SGP High School.

In Friday night’s match-up against Irving, the Lady Warriors outscored and out-hustled the Lady Tigers in the first quarter, taking a 16-6 lead after one.

With the Lady Warriors on top 10-4, Irving called a timeout with 2:25 remaining in the first quarter.

After the timeout, SGP went on a 6-2 run to close out the first.

However, the second quarter was a different story.

The Lady Tigers outscored the home team Lady Warriors 20-14 in the second to hit the half with SGP up just four, 30-26.

Poor free-throw shooting for the Lady Warriors was a big contribution to allowing Irving a change to get back in the ball game.

In the first half alone, South Grand Prairie shot just 4-for-10 from the charity stripe and turned the ball over seven times.

But solid defense was also evident in the first half, with the Lady Warriors blocking a shot and picking up three steals.

At the break, Ashlee Mells led the Lady Warriors in scoring with 13 points, with teammate Tierra Williams following close behind with 9 points.

With 5:36 remaining in the third quarter, SGP took a timeout with the Lady Warriors down one, 35-34.

And after three quarters of play, the Lady Warriors still found themselves on the short end of the stick, down one at 44-43.

But the fourth quarter was all Lady Warriors, as Irving was forced to call a timeout with their team down 61-57 with 2:06 left in the game.

Unlike the first half, superb free throw shooting carried the Lady Warriors to a victory.

In the second half alone, the Lady Warriors shot and amazing 20-for-28 from the line to hold on for a 66-60 victory.

Williams led the defensive charge in the second half with four steals, while teammate Mells picked up her second block of the game.

Mells led all scorers in the game with 29 points, picking up 16 in the second half with 10 points coming from the free-throw line.

For the Lady Warriors, Williams added 16 points while Breanisha Byrd chipped in with 13 points.

Dec. 12 Highlights: SGP 87, Irving Nimitz 18

Three Lady Warriors scored in double figures as South Grand Prairie routed Irving Nimitz, 87-18 on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at Irving Nimitz High School.

The Lady Warriors took a commanding 47-9 lead into halftime and never looked back, outscoring their opponent 40-9 in the second half for a blowout victory.

Leading the way in scoring for the Lady Warriors was Byrd with 18 points, Mells with 17 points and Erin Lewis with 16 points.

With the 69-point victory over Nimitz, the Lady Warriors opened district action with a 1-0 mark before improving to a perfect 2-0 with Friday night’s win over Irving.

Up Next: Dallas ISD Coca Cola Tournament, Dec. 28

The Lady Warriors return to the court on Thursday, Dec. 28 for the Dallas ISD Coca Cola Tourney, with tip time scheduled for 8:30 a.m.

After the road tourney, the Lady Warriors return home on Jan. 2, hosting district rival Grand Prairie.

Tip-off for the Jan. 2 game is scheduled for 6 p.m. at SGP High School.

 

Sports Editor Denton Ramsey can be reached via e-mail at denton.ramsey@gmail.com

 

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