Lady Rams beat rival GHS

Published: Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 11:46 a.m.
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Eastside High School's Latoya Williams (No. 10) shoots a jump shot over Gainesville High School's Gabriella Hutchinson (No. 33) in the first half of Eastside's 54-20 victory at GHS last Thursday.

AARON DAYE/The Gainesville Guardian
The Lady Rams of Eastside High School thumped crosstown rival Gainesville High School, 54-20, last Thursday to take its record to 19-1.
The game became close early. GHS won the tip and eventually took a 2-0 lead.
Eastside came back down the court and tied the game, as Latoya Williams scored after grabbing two offensive rebounds to tie the game at 2-2.
Later in the first quarter, Katrice Mulberry sank a 15-footer and was fouled on the shot. She went to the free-throw line to convert the 3-point play, and put the Lady Rams ahead 7-4 with 3:19 to play.
Eastside Head Coach Kent Johnson ordered his team into a full court press that stifled GHS for a moment. Both teams were hustling and causing a lot of turnovers.
Eastside took an 11-4 lead with 2:29 left in the first quarter after Mulberry drove the lane and fed the ball to Williams for a layup. Williams was fouled, and she went to the line and made the free throw to convert the 3-point play.
Coach Johnson, who utilizes 4-6 players off his bench, sat Mulberry and Williams down for some rest. GHS took advantage of their absence and closed out the quarter with a 5-point run. The quarter ended with the Lady Rams ahead 11-9.
"They are a tough team, and I think our different defenses and presses caused them some problems the last three quarters of the game," said Johnson, describing GHS's efforts.
Sharnae Ivery opened up the second quarter by hitting a 3-pointer to extend the Lady Rams' lead to 14-9. A few moments later Ivery would score again as she received a pass from Mulberry for a breakaway layup. Ivery and Mulberry both finished with 10 points. Mulberry also added five assists.
Mulberry would score the next five points on a 12-foot jumper followed by a 3-point shot to extend the Lady Rams' lead to 21-9 with 3:21 left in the quarter. Ivery got back in the action by hitting another 3-pointer to make the score 24-9.
GHS scored its basket of the quarter with 2:15 left to make the score 24-11.
Those would be the only points GHS would score in the second quarter.
Williams, who scored 15 points and pulled down 15 rebounds to go along with five steals, sank two free throws with 1:19 to end the scoring for the first half with Eastside ahead 26-11.
The second half was more of the same. Eastside shuffled players in and out, while applying tremendous defensive pressure, allowing only nine GHS points in the entire second half. Though the game was never in doubt after the first quarter, GHS players never quit, and played with a lot of spirit and determination.
"I have a lot of respect for their program, their players and coaches," said Johnson, whose sixth-ranked team is only two wins away from going undefeated in regular season district play for the second straight year.

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