Sterling can’t overcome North Shore, stoppages
Lacking any kind of rhythm and damaged by a severe North Shore run that bridged the second and third quarters, the Sterling Lady Rangers dropped a key, 68-36 home District 21-6A decision Tuesday
Bailee St. Romain led Sterling with 14 points while Precious Johnson added 12 points.
The Lady Rangers (14-13, 2-4) continued to look early for their 6-foot-5 post Johnson down low, but for one reason or another struggled to get the ball inside and the game’s early proceedings were relegated to a perimeter one for both teams.
Other than a few attacks at the rim, the first quarter saw a number of outside misses before Johnson ironically drilled an 18-footer right before the end of the first eight minutes which saw Sterling lead 10-6.
The second quarter saw North Shore’s defense get saltier, while it was able to record a number of second chance points while pushing the tempo out to a 24-15 lead with two minutes before the half.
It also didn’t help the Lady Rangers could not get into a rhythm of play with referees calling over two dozen fouls and not allowing for any game flow in the first half alone.
“One of the things I ask officials is to call it consistent from the beginning,” RSS head coach Monique Everett said. “I know we foul and do some things we aren’t supposed to do, but it’s harder to coach my kids and how they are supposed to play if there isn’t consistency.
“North Shore didn’t have the key players in foul trouble like we did. When your main players are having to extra adjust how to play, you have to change your game plan a little bit.”
Johnson got hot to end the first half as she scored six points in the last two minutes to help Sterling pull within four before seeing the deficit creep back to 30–21 at the break.
North Shore continued its momentum out of the intermission with the first six points off of three, point-blank makes to pump the edge to 36-21 at just south of six minutes.
The Mustangs roll continued as they built a 40-21 lead a few minutes later.
St. Romain finally ended the 19-0 run by the Sterling guests with a layup with three minutes to go in the third quarter.
North Shore led 52-26 with eight minutes to go.
“No matter what kind of officials you have, when you lose by 30 it’s not them,” Everett said. “It was the stuff that we could control and didn’t do it. North Shore is a good team. They are very disciplined. We just have to tighten up on some stuff.”
North Shore boys 82, RSS 32
GCM boys 60, Santa Fe 57
Dariyus Woodson led the Patriots with 22 points, Sam Bradford had added 15 points and TJ Bolds finished with 12 points in the win.
GCM girls 71, Santa Fe 39
Alex Haymon’s 33 points and 11 rebounds were supported by Ayla Clark’s 12 points and 10 rebounds and Kortney Wright’s 11 points in the win.
REL girls 56, Galena Park 34
Kim Duhon (18 points), Alyssa Ruiz (11 points), Chloe Shelby (10 points) and Devyn Burris (10 points, 11 rebounds) led REL to a second straight win.
Barbers Hill girls 73, PN-G 49
Dalanna Carter had 28 points and Rachel Sarlls added 21 points for the victorious Lady Eagles.