Lady Vikings Upend Midwood; Reache PSAL Semis
After almost a month layoff and without bruised star forward Fannisha Price, who was a scratch for the second consecutive game, the top-seeded Lady Vikings came out sluggish, not scoring their first points until 4:20 into the contest.
South Shore did take an 11-6 advantage at the end of the first quarter, but ninth-seeded Midwood managed to keep it close for the majority of the tilt.
The Lady Vikings took an 18-16 halftime lead, but the Lady Hornets refused to go away. They trailed by six points at the end of the third period, and cut the deficit to three with 6:13 remaining in the game.
However, junior Aliyah Cooley, who came off the bench and scored a gamehigh 21 points, drained a killer threepointer (36-30) with 4:34 left, sparking a 13-0 run to end the game.
Cooley recorded 11 of South Shore’s 13 points during the decisive stretch. While Cooley’s clutch shooting proved vital in the Lady Vikings’ victory, Gladden said it was their tighter defense late in the contest that proved to be the difference.
“She played well. She hit some big shots,” Gladden said of Colley’s strong performance. “I wouldn’t say she bailed us out. We finished on a 13-0 run, so our defense got better at the end.”
VCU-bound Jenice Winter added 10 points in the win.
As far as benching Price, Gladden didn’t elaborate, but he did say, “It was a coach’s decision. Kids have to make better decisions. She wasn’t ready to play today.”
But the longtime coach did say he would revisit Price’s playing situation later in the week.
South Shore will face number four McKee/SI Tech in Saturday’s 2 p.m. semifinal matchup at St. John’s University.