First it was too much Alex Haymon and then it became the Ayla Clark show.
That’s how those in attendance at Friday afternoon’s District 22-5A contest between the Goose Creek Memorial Lady Patriots and hosts Robert E. Lee saw it as Haymon and Clark teamed up for an impressive 70-40 victory.
It was a receipt of the GCM (13-12, 2-1) interior attack setting the table and putting the REL (8-5, 0-3) defense on its heels in the first half and then the red sea parted for Clark to let loose on four, backbreaking triples in the second half.
Haymond finished with 29 points and 14 rebounds with her points coming mostly by overpowering the Lady Ganders interior defense missed with a few dashes of three-point makes.
Clark scored 23 of her points in the second half and added seven rebounds to help GCM pull away from a 29-15 halftime edge.
“We knew we needed to win and so we picked up the intensity and focused on what we needed to,” Clark said. “They started backing up so I just started shooting. My teammates know when I come open and have the ball I am going to shoot it when I am locked in. It was a lot of great passes.”
Kim Duhon led REL with 12 points while Alyssa Ruiz added eight points and Chloe Shelby recorded seven points.
“Our kids compete, they play hard, we are just undersized,” REL head coach Robert Robinson said. “It causes problems on the defensive end and it showed today. They got a lot of second chance points. We challenged our post players and told them their big kids can shoot the three and evidently they didn’t listen. That’s exactly what they did.
“We had the top three teams in our district right off the bat and now we have a chance to get four wins and the fourth spot in the playoffs and set ourselves up for the second round.”
REL’s lack of movement off the ball helped the GCM defense play better help against the multiple Lady Ganders attacks at the rim.
“They were allowing Kim to do too much and create off the dribble - which she can do,” Robinson said. “But sometimes our kids are guilty of standing around and watching her. Our spacing needs to be better.”
Sterling loses in Beaumont
The Lady Rangers are now 11-10 overall and 1-1 in District 21-6A play following a 66-51 defeat at United Friday night.
Sterling was led by Aaliyah Jordan’s 17 points and Bailee St. Romain’s nine-point performance.
Lady Eagles roll in opener
Barbers Hill won its 20th game and District 21-5A opener Friday night in a 62-23 rout at Port Arthur-Memorial.
Freshman Dalanna Carter led the way with 27 points.
“We were smothering on defense and had a very good transition offense,” Barbers Hill head coach Bryan Harris said.
Crosby stays unblemished
Sequoia Carroll’s 20-point output was enough to lead Crosby (6-12, 3-0) to a 48-41 home win over Galena Park and stay at the top of District 22-5A.