By Jerry Del Priore
The 2018-19 Lady Vikings are loaded with talented players. Even with a short squad, with two guards out, South Shore used solid games from wing Danaijah Williams and guard Zyane Rowe Ramirez, both of whom scored 17 points in its dominating 78-35 Class AA win over Midwood (8-7, PSAL) Wednesday night on the road.
Head coach Anwar Gladden was pleased with the Lady Vikings (18-2) overall play, especially their defensive, which forced the Lady Hornets to commit several turnovers.
“They shared the ball well, they had a lot of steals,” Gladden said. “Defensively, they were reading plays.”
Gladden said a big reason for his squad’s propensity to theft the rock is his smothering defensive press.
“That (press) makes it hard for opposing teams,” the longtime coach said. “We’re going make it hard for you.”
As for the two Lady Vikings on the sidelines, Gladden didn’t sound as if it was anything serious.
“We’re missing some bodies; we’re down (two players) right now,” he said. “We got Lacha (Delossantos) and Kelis (Rogers) out, so we were down to nine because we only have 11 players. But they’ll be back.”
But he didn’t pinpoint an exact timetable.
Five different players scored in the first quarter for South Shore to stake it to a 18-6 advantage.
Ramirez drilled two threes early in the second quarter, while Midwood struggled to do its best to keep pace with the Lady Vikings, who wound up taking 34-20 lead into the locker room.
South Shore went on a 14-5 run in the opening 4:50 of the second half to swell it margin to 48-25.
Back-to-back treys by Williams and junior point guard Alexia Nelson closed out the third period with the Lady Vikings up, 54-25.
South Shore’s sweet shooting continued to terrorize the Lady Hornets, with Ramirez dropping eight points in the fourth quarter, as the visiting squad was able to claim the victory going away.
Lady Vikings’ Nelson contributed 11 points in what Gladden called, “One of her best games all season.”
Six-foot-two senior forward Suzan Morshed — hobbled early in the first period — managed to score a team-high ten points and Kiandra Peart added nine for Midwood.
South Shore travels to Summit Academy Friday at 5:00 p.m.
Watch Alexia Nelson drill outside shot in video below.