Caleb Riordan | Ameritime Sports Writer
The South Iron girls’ varsity basketball team won their fourth game in a row 58 to 25 over the St. Paul Giants on Tuesday.
The win pushed the Panthers’ record to 6 and 1. This was their fourth consecutive victory over St. Paul dating back to 2016.
South Iron limited the damage done by the Giants early and only allowed eight first-quarter points. The Panthers scored 12 themselves and had the lead at the beginning of the second quarter. The Panthers scored 15 more in the second and continued to clamp down on the Giants. St. Paul scored nine in the second and trailed South Iron by ten at halftime.
South Iron turned up the intensity in the second half. The third was the Panthers’ highest-scoring quarter of the day with 17 points. St. Paul was only able to manage six themselves. South Iron pulled the plug on the Giants in the fourth and outscored them 14 to 2. The Panthers won their sixth game of the season by 33 points and sent the Giants home with a loss.
The Panthers came together and executed in all areas of the game Tuesday and left the night pleased with their performance.
“I think that the team played very well together,” Megan Lashley said. “Which led us to compete harder as individuals.”
The Panthers’ leader of the pack echoed Lashley’s sentiment.
“We started off a little slow, but as the game progressed, our defensive energy really started bleeding into other areas of our game.” Head Coach Lawrence Graves said. “Our girls really went out there and laid it all on the line for each other and that’s really what this game is all about. This is the kind of game you can really build off of.”
Enzley Dinkins and Madison Ayers did the majority of the damage in the scoring column. Dinkins led the team with 17 points and is making her name known in her freshman season. She shot 7 for 10 from the field and had two assists, six rebounds and five steals in 27 minutes. Ayers dished seven assists and also stole the ball from the Giants seven times. Allecia Cornell was the only other Panther in double-figures with ten points of her own. She made two shots from beyond the arc and had four rebounds and six steals. Lashley contributed nine points, six rebounds and two steals.
Drew Gayle praised her team’s hustle and energy as one of the biggest factors in the win.
“I think what really helped us was giving all our effort to get every loose ball and playing together as a team, ” She said.
If your basketball team travels to Annapolis to take on the Panthers in their own gym, prepare yourself for an all-out attack. South Iron will capitalize on your weaknesses, run the floor, score the ball at will and play the Panther brand of basketball they are used to. The next challenge presented to the Panthers is the 65th Annual Bob Sechrest Jr. Central Christmas Tournament. The Panthers battle seven other teams for the tournament crown. The fun begins Saturday, Dec. 26.