By Jerry Del Priore
After securing the No. 1 seed for the “AA” PSAL girls’ playoffs, the Lady Vikings had the difficult task of playing perennial Catholic powerhouse Nazareth High School in non-league action to help them prepare for the postseason.
Behind a double-double (14 points, 14 rebounds) performance from star junior forward Selena Philoxy, South Shore (13-0) looks prime for a long playoff run as it dismantled the Lady Kingsmen, 58-32, Sunday at the Brooklyn Stuy Dome.
For head coach Anwar Gladden, it was business as usual, taking a modest approach with The Lady Vikings, who are set to start the playoffs next month.
“We’re taking it one practice at a time,” Gladden explained. “We got the one seed again, but we know the only thing the one seed means, is that we get to wear white uniforms. It doesn’t mean anything. We still got to play the basketball games.”
However, Gladden didn’t discount the No. 1 ranking.
“It feels good to show that you were the dominant team in the regular season, and we were able to get the one seed,” he said. “So, we’ll be getting ready for either Medgar Evers or Boys and Girls.”
As for Philoxy, “I hope she ends this year with a championship,” the longtime coach said. “She’s playing well, she’s playing strong. She’s having a good season; she just has to keep it up.”
But two straight buckets by junior wing Valena Hickerson pushed the advantage to 32-22 early in the third period. The Lady Vikings kept the 10- point lead (40-30) intact at the end of the third quarter.
In the fourth period, South Shore’s defense went into lockdown mode, allowing just two points, while its offense posted 20 to help the Lady Vikings cruise to victory.
“They came out strong defensively in the second half,” Gladden recollected, “and we were able to open it up.”
Hickerson contributed 12 points while senior wing Aliesha Thomas and sophomore point guard Destiny Philoxy scored seven points apiece.