So. Shore Girls Set Sights On Avenging Early Season Loss
By Jason Medina
In order for the upcoming first place showdown against Global Stu-dies High School to have any significance, the South Shore High School varsity girl’s basketball team had to first earn a couple of wins versus two teams with a combined 10-20 record.
In the midst of a sixth game division winning streak, South Shore head coach Anwar Gladden, not wanting his team to suffer a let down to lesser opponents, pushed his team to play the same aggressive basketball they have played all season long. "No matter who we play I want them to play with intensity and focus," said Gladden. South Shore (14-2) did just that, demolishing Tilden (4-10) 43-17 and surviving a scare from Lafayette (6-10), 48-33.
Last Thursday, the Lady Vikings went on the road to play at Tilden High School. The Lady Vikings cruised from beginning to end by dominating the Blue Devils on defense side, holding them scoreless in the first period and limiting them to just eight points in the entire second half. Nine out of ten Lady Vikes’ who played in the game scored. Senior center Loveth Ogude had a double double: 11 points and ten rebounds.
Twenty-four hours earlier, after a week off, South Shore returned to action against Lafayette, a team they previously defeated by 38-point margin. Starting sluggish, South Shore found themselves in a dogfight early and were tied 8-8 after the first quarter. In the second quarter South Shore looked as if they were starting to run away with the game as they outscored the Lady Patriots 14-5 to take a 22-13 lead into halftime. But Lafayette came storming back in the third and cut the lead to 27-23 by the end of the quarter.
In the fourth quarter the upset-minded Lady Pats didn’t have enough to stop the Lady Vikings who went on a 21-10 run to close out the game and avoid being upset.
South Shore will attempt to extend their division eight-game winning streak against rival Global Studies (15-1), who outscored them, 53-25, earlier in the season.
"The last time we played them we were on the road and we didn’t have Jasmine (Sistrunk) so they killed us under the boards," said Gladden. "But now that Jasmine’s back and were playing them at home we should be all right."