SOUTH SWEEP: Warriors, Lady Warriors clean house against crosstown rivals

by dentonramsey

SOUTH SWEEP: Warriors, Lady Warriors clean house against crosstown rivals

 

By Denton Ramsey / Sports Editor

 

Both the South Grand Prairie varsity boys’ and girls’ hoops teams picked up victories over Grand Prairie on Tuesday night, Jan. 2 at SGP High School.

In both games, the winner was already established well before the final buzzer sounded, as the Lady Warriors picked up a 74-44 victory while the Warriors won, 69-61.

And if Tuesday night was any indication as to which program is stronger, SGP made a valid point in their favor as both the Warriors and Lady Warriors destroyed their crosstown rivals.

In the first game of the night, pitting the Lady Warriors against the Lady Gophers, the outcome was pretty much a given after SGP took a 27-7 lead after one period of play.

But the second game of the night, between Warriors and the Gophers, was much closer – at least at the beginning.

Soon thereafter, though, SGP began to pull away and twice threatened to push their lead to 20-plus points.

In the Warriors victory over the Gophers, the only reason the score looked close was due to poor officiating down the final homestretch.

And in both match-ups, SGP completely controlled every aspect of the game – from tempo, to shooting, to rebounding, stealing and playing defense.

With the victories, the Lady Warriors move to 11-10 overall (3-0 in district) while the Warriors improve to 15-3 overall (2-0 in district).

GAME ONE: Lady Warriors 74, Lady Gophers 44

In the opening game between the Lady Warriors and the Lady Gophers, South Grand Prairie took an early lead over Grand Prairie and never looked back en route to a 74-44 victory on Tuesday night.

Erin Lewis scored 21 points in the first half for the Lady Warriors as SGP took a 38-19 lead into halftime.

While SGP was shooting lights out in the first half at 54.5 percent (18-for-33), the Grand Prairie Lady Gophers shot a dismal 27.6 percent from the field (8-for-29).

The Lady Gophers also committed 13 turnovers in the first half, compared to four turnovers for the Lady Warriors.

Leading the Lady Warriors in the first half defensively was Ashlee Mells with four steals and Tiera Williams with two blocks.

South Grand Prairie came out hot once again in the third quarter, outscoring the Lady Gophers 21-11 to take a 59-30 lead into the fourth and final quarter.

The Lady Gophers did a much better job offensively in the second half, shooting 42.3 percent from the field (11-for-26) while the Lady Warriors shot 44.8 percent in the second half (13-for-29).

Mells added four more steals in the second half and the Lady Warriors picked up an additional three steals and three blocks as a team en route to their blowout victory.

The Lady Warriors were perfect from the charity stripe in the second half, going 8-for-8 from the line as SGP picked up a 74-44 victory over Grand Prairie.

Lewis drained a 3-pointer at the final buzzer and led all scorers with 24 points.

Also scoring in double figures for South Grand Prairie was Mells with 19 points and Breanisha Byrd with 11 points.

For the Lady Gophers, Dravon Rangel led the team with 12 points while teammate Flor Garcia chipped in with 10 points.

GAME TWO: Warriors 69, Gophers 61

The match-up between the Warriors and Gophers on Tuesday night at SGP High was the main attraction, as the gym quickly filled with fans in anticipation of the evening match-up between the crosstown squads.

And from the get-go, things were intense on the court as the Gophers took and early lead, going on top 7-3 with 4:05 remaining in the first quarter on a Grand Prairie timeout.

But the Warriors tightened up defensively and began to take smarter shots after the timeout, taking a 13-11 lead after one period of play.

With 3:54 remaining in the first half of play, SGP maintained a two-point advantage at 18-16 before going on an 15-7 run to take a 33-23 lead into halftime.

At the break, Lindsey Hughey led the Warriors with 8 points while Golden Dodson led the Gophers with 6 points.

Also, SGP shot 47.8 percent from the field in the first half (11-for-23) compared to 29 percent shooting for the Gophers (9-for-31).

Both teams shot 20 percent from beyond the arc in the first half on 1-for-5 shooting from 3-point range.

However, the Warriors were getting things done from the charity stripe in the first half, shooting 66.7 percent from the free-throw line (10-for-15) while the Gophers shot 40 percent from the line (4-for-10).

By the time Grand Prairie called a timeout with 3:30 left in the third quarter, the Warriors had built their lead to 44-28.

And after three periods of play, SGP appeared to be heading for a blowout with a 52-35 lead.

Whistle after whistle on petty fouls called on both teams down the final homestretch resulted in dragging the contest on for longer than the fans expected, and it made for a closer final score as well.

But with 50 ticks left on the clock, the Gophers called a timeout with the Warriors on top by just eight points, 65-57.

However, the Warriors held on for the final seconds of the ball game to defeat their crosstown rivals, 69-61.

One of the main reasons the Gophers snuck back into the game was due to poor free-throw shooting down the stretch for the Warriors.

After a good showing from the line in the first half, SGP managed to shoot only 55.6 percent from the charity stripe in the second half (10-for-18).

The Gophers, meanwhile, improved their shooting from the line in the second half, shooting 65.2 percent (15-for-23).

Also, the Gophers shot 50 percent from 3-point range in the second half (4-for-8) while the Warriors shot 33.3 percent from beyond the arc (2-for-6).

Both teams shot fairly evenly in the second half, as SGP shot 42.9 percent from the field (12-for-28) while Grand Prairie shot 41.7 percent (10-for-24).

After getting outscored in the first three quarters of play, the Gophers finally managed to outscore the Warriors 26-17 in the fourth quarter.

Hughey led all scorers with 18 points for the Warriors.

Also scoring in double figures for SGP was Darius Gregory with 13 points and Donell Lewis with 11 points.

For Grand Prairie, Dodson led the squad with 11 points while teammates Tory Lords and Tramell Loudermilk chipped in with 9 points apiece.

THE ROAD AHEAD: Friday, Jan. 5 at Hurst L.D. Bell

Both the Warriors and Lady Warriors return to the court on Friday, Jan. 5 at Hurst L.D. Bell High School for a district match-up.

The Lady Raiders enter Friday’s game after falling to Irving, 64-63 on Jan. 2; the Raiders, meanwhile, defeated Irving on Tuesday night, 68-43.

Tip times for the Jan. 5 games at L.D. Bell are 6 p.m. for the varsity girls’ game and 7:30 p.m. for the varsity boys’ game.

RETURNING HOME: Monday, Jan. 8 vs. Euless Trinity

South Grand Prairie’s basketball teams return home to host Euless Trinity in a district match-up on Monday, Jan. 8 at SGP High School.

Tip-offs for the Jan. 8 games are scheduled for 6 p.m. for the Lady Warriors and 7:30 p.m. for the Warriors.

Come support your SGP hoops teams as both the Warriors and Lady Warriors aim to stay undefeated in district play.

 

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

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