It was be an early test for a Sterling Lady Rangers basketball team.
Undefeated Humble High present Sterling with the first challenge to a young season for a Lady Rangers squad with two romps under their belts.
Humble was be a different story.
Using plenty of man-to-man pressure all over the floor, the visiting Wildcats (6-0) used two big runs to take a lead early and close the game late in a 60-48 win over the Lady Rangers.
Sterling was led Bailee St. Romain (10 points, seven rebounds), Ariel Kettle (nine points) and Precious Johnson (seven points, three blocks).
"I feel like they worked hard to close the gap once we got behind, it was just a lot of little things that compounded," Sterling head coach Monique Everett said. "We had 36 turnovers and you score on half of those there is 36 points right there. Our bigs got in foul trouble early and that got us out of the groove. The way they called the game made us have make some adjustments."
Overall, 40 fouls were called with 20 apiece being attributed to each side.
The game started off guns a blazing and both teams put on various full court pressure looks against one another leading to various spells of sloppy play.
Humble got some early momentum and led 11-5 before the Lady Rangers went on a ferocious 7-0 run in less than 90 seconds to take a 12-11 edge in the first quarter’s waning moments.
Humble ultimately took a 14-12 lead into the second quarter.
Sterling tied the game early in the next quarter but Humble went on a 9-2 run to go up 23-16 behind a number of free throws and Lady Rangers turnovers.
A three-pointer by Kettle helped break the ice from the perimeter for Sterling as it stayed to within 25-19 just south of five minutes before the intermission break.
Yet the Wildcats answered the threat with another run and took a 36-20 halftime lead.
St. Romain had eight points and Kettle chipped in six for Sterling in the first half. Kazarea Taplin led all scorers as the Wildcat accounted for 20 points in the first 16 minutes.
Sterling started the second half strong with a basket and harm by University of Texas signee Johnson and another triple by Kettle to cut the deficit to 36-26.
Another Johnson bucket pulled Sterling to within 36-28 and a fast break deuce by St. Romain made Humble even more nervous with a tenuous six-point lead.
Johnson got nabbed with her fourth foul and after some seesaw play Humble recaptured momentum and a 42-32 edge.
Humble's press caused the most ballhandling headaches for the Lady Rangers.
"Our girls are used to using ballhandling skills to get out of the press and I am trying to get them to pass out of it," Everett said. "As you can see, we are struggling with that a little bit. They go into their comfort zone sometimes and not sticking to what works well for us."
The Wildcats ultimately escaped a wild third quarter with a comfortable 53-36 advantage.
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