By Jerry Del Priore
Junior point guard Alexia “Lex” Nelson’s 13 first quarter points helped the South Shore Vikings girls basketball team to a 26-12 lead, setting the tone for the rest of their game against host Murry Bergtraum.
To that end, South Shore (9-0) didn’t take its foot of the collective gas pedal the rest of the way, cruising to a 71-50 PSAL Class AA win over the Lady Blazers (3-5) Wednesday night in lower Manhattan.
Built around a squad with a number of players who can light up the scoreboard on any given night, head coach Anwar Gladden said the Lady Vikings are an unselfish group. But they can be too selfless at time.
However, he said they’re a young team, with just one senior, that’s learning all the time.
“Sometimes, possibly, they can be too unselfish, but it’s a work in progress,” Gladden told BrooklynSportsWorld.com. “It’s a new team. We lost a lot from last year.”
While South Shore is undefeated in league play, Gladded isn’t jumping ahead of himself just yet.
“Day by day, you know how I go,” he said. “It’s early, so we have to get through. We’ll take it day by day. We have to get better everyday, and everything will work itself out.”
While Bergtraum played better in the second period, the Lady Vikings took a 39-24 advantage in the locker room.
South Shore went on a little 13-10 run, nailing three treys (Lacha Delossantos, Rori Cox, Nelson) and two buckets to extend its lead to 52-34 with 3:00 minutes remaining in the third quarter.
The Lady Vikings ended the third period ahead, 58-40, and the rest of the contest was academic.
Nelson drained a team-high 19 points, while senior Delossantos contributed 14 and junior Danaijah Williams chipped in with 10 in the lopsided victory. Cox, a junior, added eight.
Freshman Jada Leonard scored a game-best 20 points and senior Brennah Cody had 14 for the Lady Blazers.
South Shore hosts Grand Street Campus Friday at 5:00 p.m.
Watch Lacha Delossantos feed Shcira Fowles for the layup in the video below.