South Shore Girls End Near Perfect Season With 58-32 Win
By Jerry Del Priore
After a near perfect regular season, with only one league defeat (Thomas Jefferson), the South Shore High School girl's varsity basketball team did not want to lose momentum heading into the playoffs, as they faced Grand Street Campus at home Monday.
The Lady Vikings took a 14-6 first quarter advantage, and only allowed two points in the second period to take a commanding 29-8 lead at the end of the first half.
The Lady Wolves posted 14 points in the third quarter, but South Shore matched its opponents with 15 on their own to end the period ahead, 44-22.
The Lady Vikings kept up the offensive intensity in the fourth quarter, and dribbled away with a decisive 58-32 win to end the regular season.
Freshman guard Jasmine Odom scored a team-high 19 points, and junior guards Baytania Newman and Angel Porter contributed 15 and eight, respectively, for South Shore.
Although South Shore dismantled the Lady Wolves, head coach Anwar Glad-den believes his players need to rely more on their basketball intelligence rather than pure athletic ability.
"We came out aggressive, but we just got to play a little bit smarter, Gladden told the Courier after the game. "A couple of things were missing…hitting the open player. Our kids are so gifted talent-wise that they think sometimes that they just can soar above or be quicker than the next player. But they have to move the ball and be smarter. That's going to be key come playoff time."
Asked if the Lady Vikings first-round ousting to Francis Lewis last season in the playoffs could be a positive factor for his team, Gladden replied, "I look at that loss last year as maybe a blessing. I had the whole team coming back (this season), and I think that will put some energy into my girls. They're looking forward to it (the playoffs). I think we'll be ready."
South Shore has a first-round playoff bye. Its PSAL post-season seeding will be announced Saturday.