By Jerry Del Priore
South Shore girls head coach Anwar Gladden knew Paul Robeson would give it a run for its money in its PSAL Girls Class AA basketball game Monday night.
And the Lady Eagles did, holding a 7-2 lead before the Lady Vikings tied it at 13 all with 2:09 left in the first quarter. From there, South Shore never looked back en route to 64-51 win at home.
“We knew they were going to come out and play. They’re good,” Gladden said. “They’re probably going to get the two or three seed (in the playoffs). We knew it was going to be a fight.”
After knotting the tilt, The Lady Vikings closed out the first period ahead, 18-13.
But Paul Robeson (14-3, PSAL) narrowed the gap to 22-19 early in the second quarter. Staying true to their offense prowess, however, South Shore went on a 12-0 run, with junior Danaijah Williams dropping six of the 12 points posted during the spurt.
The Lady Eagles managed five to the Lady Vikings two points to keep the contest relatively close at 36-24 heading into the break.
Baskets by juniors Rori Cox and Chole Wilson extended South Shore’s advantage to 40-24 early in the third period.
After trading buckets for a few minutes, Paul Robeson ripped off an 8-2 run, capped by a Tyginae Wright three-pointer that cut the deficit to 11 points (46-35) with 1:38 remaining in the third.
While the Lady Vikings scored two points, the Lady Eagles dropped in five to make it a 48-40 game at the end of the third quarter.
South Shore opened the scoring in the fourth period with six points before Paul Robeson added a point with 6:22 to go in the contest.
Though the Lady Eagles battled valiantly down the stretch, it wasn’t enough to overtake the three-time reigning PSAL Class AA girls champs.
With one more regular season tilt left on the schedule, Gladden is verge of enjoying his top campaign as bench boss while relishing on how well his girls have done this year. And he’s taking an optimistic approach going forward.
“If we could win out, we’d finish 23-2, and that would be my best regular season record since I’ve been here,” the long-time coach said. “So, things are definitely looking on the uppi-up.”
Williams drained a team-high 17 points for the Lady Vikings, while Wilson followed with 16 and Cox added 13 in the victory.
The Lady Vikings play host to Murry Bergtraum Thursday at 5:00 p.m.
Check out point guard Alexia Nelson going to the hoop for two points in video below.