2010-02-04 / Sports

South Shore Girls End Skid With Lopsided Win Over Boys & Girls

By Jerry Del Priore

After four straight defeats, South Shore High School’s girls basketball coach Anwar Gladden knew his team badly needed a victory last week when it faced host Boys & Girls High School. Fortunately, the Lady Vikings didn’t disappoint as they annihilated the Lady Kangaroos, 73-41.

South Shore (9-2, 12-7 overall) took control early, jumping out to a 7-1 lead. They didn’t relent the remainder of the first quarter and when it ended they were ahead, 20-10.

The second quarter saw much of the same, as South Shore — now at the top of PSAL’s Brooklyn AA Group 1 division — tacked on 19 points, increasing its margin to 39-24 by half time.

The Lady Vikings continued their defensive press, holding Boys & Girls (5-5) to a measly 8 points as they widened their advantage to 54-32 heading into the fourth quater.

Not willing to give the Lady Kangaroos any opportunity to get back into the game, South Shore poured it on, grabbing a commanding 63-34 lead with 6:10 left on the clock.

The Lady Vikings took a 37-point advantage (73-36), their largest of the contest, with 4:38 left on the clock, and never looked back.

South Shore guards Jasmine Odom, who scored a game-high 16 points, and Taylor Lloyd (15) dominated the game, while forward Jenice Winter contributed 11.

Well aware of his team’s youth and inexperience, albeit talented, Gladden keeps everything simple.

“We go one day at time with this team,” the coach told the Courier. “We can’t look too far ahead. We don’t want to get too ahead of ourselves, so one day at a time. We got the ‘W’ today, back to school tomorrow and then practice.”

Asked if his squad lacked the killer instinct needed to go far in the upcoming playoffs, Gladden replied, “We got to get that come playoff time. Otherwise, we’ll be the ones getting chased (out of the playoffs).”

The Lady Vikings travel to Staten Island to take on CHSAA Powerhouse St. Peter’s this Saturday at 1 p.m.

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