Lady Vikings Enjoy 2–1 Week, But Coach Says Team Still Needs Work
After going 2-1 for the week, and running its season record to 16-3 (12- 1), you would think that South Shore head coach Anwar Gladden would be happy with the way things have gone thus far for his team. But Gladden begs to differ, feeling the Lady Vikings are still a perpetual work in progress, with key aspects of their game still needing vast improvements.
“We have a long way to go,” Gladden said. “We got to get better. We’re never where we want to be.”
South Shore ended the week, and its third straight affair, on Monday with a 56-29 road win over Medgar Evers College Prep. It was a game that had several different members of the squad seeing action, spelling some starters while making a strong case for additional hardwood time down the road.
“We tried to get everybody in to play,” the longtime coach said. “It was the third game in three days. We (coaching staff) thought the girls played hard, and we played defense.”
Junior forward Aurellia Cammock scored a game-high 14 points, earning Gladden’s praise for her stellar performance. “Aurellia Cammock was a monster tonight,” he exclaimed after the contest. “She played strong.”
Senior Shelby Powell added 10 in the Lady Vikings’ lopsided victory.
On the strength of Aliyah Cooley’s 11 points, South Shore earned a solid 38-32 win over Princeton Day Academy (Md.) on Sunday at the Kennedy Challenge in the Bronx, just a day after suffering a demoralizing 57-51 overtime loss to New Jersey juggernaut Neptune Scarlet Fliers at the same tournament on Saturday.
It was a tilt, Gladden said, that the Lady Vikings let slip through their grasp, citing sloppy ball handling as the reason for their demise.
“We got to work on our ball handling; we turned the ball over too much,” Gladden lamented. “We got to improve our decision making.”
South Shore travels to Midwood on February 8 at 5.00 p.m. for its regularseason league finale.