Blue Wave girls hoops routs visiting Lafayette
Published: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 11:49 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 11:49 p.m.
P.K. Yonge girls basketball coach Willie Powers attributes one quality to this year's team that separates them from even the more successful teams that Powers had in previous seasons at the helm: the ability to listen to the coaches and make adjustments.
College chosen: Santa Fe College
Other schools considered: Lynn University (Boca Raton), Chipola College (Marianna), Central Florida Community College, Tallahassee Community College, Florida State (as a walk-on).
Quotable: “I am super excited to play for coach (Chris) Ahern, who coaches a lot like what I am used to. Being an hour and a half from home meant a lot to me. I want to go on and play after two years at Santa Fe College, but I am not sure where yet. It is an accomplishment, I wanted to play college ball since I was in the fifth grade. That was one of my goals, that and winning a state championship. I have one goal done and one to go.”— Lindsey Hamlin
— Cliff Olsen
The Blue Wave's capability of being coachable was apparent Tuesday as they crushed visiting Lafayette 89-57 in the second to last game of the regular season for each team.
With 2:27 remaining in the third quarter, Lafayette pulled to within one point of the Blue Wave when Sunshine Reid hit a jumper to make the score 50-49.
Five minutes and fifteen seconds later, there was a running clock and the Hornets (18-6) were shaking their heads in disbelief. The Blue Wave (21-2) proceeded to go on a 35-3 run that was a furious combination of hustle defense, transition baskets and unselfish passing to put an exclamation point on senior night.
“We finally started to play defense and shoot jump shots and the game turned around for us because for two-and-a-half quarters we were lackluster,” said Powers, whose team travels to Lake City on Thursday night to play Columbia. “This group listens and this group has figured out T-E-A-M, and when we play our game, this is what we can do.”
P.K. jumped out to a 13-0 lead to start the game and it appeared the Blue Wave were going to coast throughout. However, Reid kept Lafayette in the game with an array of jump shots, lay-ups and runners that continually found the net.
Reid, who led all scorers with 31, scored 12 points during a three-minute span in the third to bring the contest to within one before the Blue Wave went on the run.
“We knew that if we could just contain their top two players that the rest would not be able to score on their own,” said senior Jaterra Bonds, who scored 20 points and orchestrated a number of fast breaks. “We got to hustling and playing physical defense, and we took over.
“I know that we can win state if we play our game.”
The Blue Wave, who beat Lafayette earlier in the season 86-60 in Mayo, were too much in the paint for the undersized Hornets to contend with on rebounds and put-backs.
P.K. generated the majority of its points by grabbing rebounds and quickly kicking the ball out for a transition basket and by getting second-chance points on the offensive end.
“We didn't push hard at first, but at the break coach gave us a good pep talk and we got it going,” said senior Tiaunshe Brown, who also had 20 points in her last home game.
“Us three seniors (Brown, Bonds and Patrice Powers) wanted to go out with a bang.”
Lafayette will host Florida High on Thursday night. The district tournament begins next week in Trenton.
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