By Brian Besch
Lady Hornet basketball led from the game’s first bucket until the final buzzer Friday in Dudley Dickens Gym, taking down rival Leggett 56-36.
An 11-0 start to the first quarter gave the Lady Hornets a lead that they would not surrender.
Leggett could not find the bottom of the bucket until 7:27 in the second quarter, when Bianca Perkins hit a couple of free throws. It stopped a Goodrich scoring streak of 13 unanswered points.
Coach Pinellafie Johnson was not impressed with her team’s defensive effort, but the Lady Hornet half-court trap would cause several turnovers that led to points.
“We played a 1-3-1, we played our press, we ran our 2-3, and we couldn’t even run a man. We were just out there,” Johnson said. “It just so happened that they played a little bit less than what we did. It wasn’t that we did anything spectacular. At one point, we all just started trading baskets. That is no indication of playing defense. I just told them that we have to buckle down and play defense. We know how to do it, now it is just a matter of doing it on the court.”
Goodrich outscored Leggett in each quarter, but it was the first-quarter blanking that caused most of Leggett’s damage. The largest difference in the game was rebounding. The Lady Hornets were buzzing around the boards on both ends of the court, at times, grabbing multiple rebounds in one possession.
“Part of that was that the ball just fell in our hands,” Johnson said. “It wasn’t that we were going to the hoop, because I got on to them about not jumping and going for the ball. I told them that we have to learn once the ball goes up, we have to contest it, turn around and box out, and then go get the rebound. We have to learn to be consistent with defense, because that is what’s going to win the game.”
Latrina Morgan led Goodrich with 24 points, Brianaly Resendez had a dozen and Liseidy Balbuena 10. Johnson had good things to say about the recent play of Resendez and Tanyreauna Criswell.
“She is a hustler,” the coach said of Resendez. “This is nothing compared to what she has done in the past few games. She and (Criswell) hustles too.”
Goodrich is now 2-3 in district, while Leggett is 1-3. All teams in 28-1A will be chasing Brookeland, the heavy favorites.
“Rebounding, hustling and confidence in ourselves,” Leggett coach Terri Barlow said of the game’s shortcomings, “we have to play through being tired. It is a tough one to lose, but Goodrich came ready to play and we weren’t. In that first quarter, we didn’t score anything. If we would just continue to hustle and play four quarters, we would be good.”
Barlow said her squad has had a problem of playing the full 32 minutes all season. Leggett was successful in driving to the hoop for most of the night, but there seemed to be a lid over it in the difficult first quarter.
Bianca Perkins was high point for the Lady Pirates with 18 points, while Tamera Henderson had 13.
“We ran out of gas and didn’t listen,” said Barlow. “Passing the ball out of the press – if you have three people on you, two people are open somewhere. Madyson Burr and Cheyanne Simons stepped up at the end and did some good things. We beat ourselves a lot during the game with the unnecessary turnovers. We would just get the rebound and throw it away. I tell them on the rebounds, five in on the defense and four in on the offense. We had two or three people standing back and watching while two others are trying to rebound. We can’t have that.”
Leggett will travel to Zavalla Tuesday and return to host Brookeland Friday.
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