Blue Wave girls cruise past Wildwood


P.K. Yonge's Niya Johnson (23) makes a move to the basket against Wildwood's Novella Ivery on Saturday.

Matt Stamey/Staff photographer
Published: Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 12:11 a.m.

After trading early jabs with Wildwood, P.K. Yonge landed a knockout punch in the second quarter.

Clinging to a two-point lead at the end of the first quarter, the Blue Wave (16-1) leveled the blow by outscoring the Wildcats 28-4 and never letting them off the mat en route to the 69-48 win.

Baylor commit Niya Johnson poured in 13 points in the second quarter, benefiting from a handful of Courtney Dollison no-look passes while the Blue Wave scored 23 straight points. Johnson led P.K. Yonge with 25 points, five assists and five steals.

“We had to match their intensity and play the way we're capable of,” said Blue Wave coach Willie Powers. “Thankfully we were able to get it going.”

Although the Wildcats (13-5) never clawed closer than a 23-point deficit until a buzzer-beating layup to end the game, their fast-paced, harassing defense pushed the Blue Wave, Powers said.

“They played harder than us, got every loose ball,” Powers said. “Regardless of the score, they played hard for 32 minutes.”

Wildwood's JaQuashe Sesler, whose 31 points led all scorers, converted six steals into 12 fast-break points.

“She's tough, easily the top guard we've seen this year,” Powers said. “Defensively, we needed all five people to play strong the full length of their possessions.”

SANTA FE 49, JACKSONVILLE LEE 39: Although much smaller, the Raiders (10-9) staged a comeback of their own in the first game of the P.K. Yonge Classic.

Lee (5-11) opened a 10-3 lead on Santa Fe behind the Raiders' lackadaisical early defense and sloppy passing, but Dymeria Clayton and Tyra Carter helped Santa Fe nurse enough momentum to grab a 10-point win.

“We try to look at who we're up against and play to their level,” said coach Reginald Taylor. “It's like I have to tell them it's OK to be good.”

Carter led all scorers with 22 points, followed by 15 from Clayton and 10 from Carolyn Holmes.

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