Undefeated Wave hands Rams loss
Published: Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 12:11 a.m.
The P.K. Yonge girls basketball team feels that if it keeps playing as it has all season, there may not be a team in the playoffs it can’t beat.
If Friday’s play is a sign of things to come, the team may be right.
The Blue Wave stormed out early and didn’t let up until the final minutes of their 74-62 victory over host Eastside on senior night.
Jaterra Bonds and Niya Johnson each had 17 points for P.K. Yonge, which improved to 16-0 on the year.
“They double teamed me most of the game, so I tried to get my teammates involved,” Bonds said. “I’m just glad we came away with the victory.”
Bonds scored six of her seven first-half points in a first-quarter surge that left the Blue Wave up 21-8 with a minute remaining the in the quarter.
Umekie Debose finished with 12 points for the Rams (14-7), hitting on four of the team’s 12 three pointers.
Two of those treys came early in the second quarter as Eastside cut the lead to nine, but an 11-3 P.K. Yonge run pushed the advantage to double digits for good.
The Rams couldn’t capitalize on opportunities from the free-throw line, hitting on 12-of-27 attempts. As the deficit grew larger, the team settled for outside shots that weren’t falling.
A 7-1 run early in the fourth quarter pushed the Blue Wave lead to a game-high 24 points, prompting first-year head coach Ash’lea Moore to sub out her starters with 4:15 remaining.
Eastside took advantage of the all-reserve unit by going on a 12-3 run, and scoring 18 of the final 27 points in the game.
The Rams were led by Tekerya Davis, who totaled 14 points.
“What you saw tonight was a team that works hard in practice, and it shows in the game,” said Moore, a former member of the UF women’s hoops team. “They focus on what they do best, and that’s all that I can ask them to do.”
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