Hot-shooting GHS girls cool city rival Blue Wave


Published: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 11:51 p.m.

Gainesville's girls basketball team showed Tuesday night against city-rival P.K. Yonge, it can hurt opponents from the outside just as well as inside.

Marissa Lee tossed in a game-high 15 points, off five 3-pointers, and Felicia Jackson had three treys and 14 points as the Class 6A No. 2 Hurricanes cruised over the Blue Wave, 62-44, before a capacity crowd at The Purple Palace.

During the Moramarco Girls Basketball Challenge over the weekend, Gainesville (17-1) struggled with its outside shooting, instead depending much of its offense on senior forward Dej'a McPhee, the team's leading scorer. But with 6-foot-3 Alabama-signee Brooksie McGraw and Janta Bell clogging the middle for the Blue Wave, McPhee was held to nine points.

No problem for the Hurricanes as Lee hit two 3-pointers in the first period as Gainesville took a 22-13 lead, and sophomore Jackson came off the bench and connected on three 3-pointers in the second en route to a comfortable 38-25 halftime advantage.

“Practice made it a little better,” said Hurricane coach David Gordon, whose team accounted for 10 3-pointers. “That's what we want to do, we don't want to a one-person team or a two-person team, we want to be flexible throughout the whole squad. Because when you get down the road we are going to need everyone to score, everyone to contribute.”

Kayla Lovett hit a pair of 3-pointers in the third as GHS opened a 21-point lead (60-39).

“Marissa and Kayla haven't been shooting well lately, but they did tonight,” Gordon said. “Felicia is just a sophomore and she lit it up too. I see her doing that in practice, but she has been consistent in games. Tonight was just different story. Dej'a did other things that helped us win the game with her rebounding and assists. She is just an all-around player.”

McGraw led P.K. Yonge (10-5) with 13 points. Bell finished with nine.

“They shot the ball well and we haven't been lately,” said Blue Wave coach Willie Powers, who led P.K. Yonge to state titles in 2010 and 2012. “We also didn't rebound well. That causes problems when you play a team that athletic.

“It was a good game to get us tuned up for district play. It's a marathon, not a sprint. We will get back into district play and look to win the district title and make another run.”

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