P.K. Yonge snaps Raiders' win streak
Published: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 10:26 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 10:26 p.m.
Although this is the first year for P.K. Yonge girls basketball in Class 4A, the Blue Wave showed Tuesday night at home clearly who is the team to beat come district tournament time.
Kiarah Mallory and Arriel Fort scored 19 each and freshman Kailya Jackson had 18 as P.K. Yonge cruised over Santa Fe, 69-53, snapping the Raiders' 10-game winning streak and handing them only their third loss of the season.
Two of those three setbacks have come against P.K. Yonge.
The Blue Wave (13-6 overall, 9-0 in District 5-4A), playing aggressive defense throughout, seized control early, jumping out to a 20-6 lead after the first period and pushed the advantage to 16 (41-25) at the half.
“We worked on defensive pressure all year and basically the last three or four weeks on full-court defense,” said P.K. Yonge coach Willie Powers, who led the Blue Wave to state 2A (2010) and 3A (2012) titles. “I thought we could go to our bench and tire down their starters.”
P.K. Yonge led the Raiders by as much as 28 (57-29) late in the third period.
Santa Fe (16-3 overall, 7-2 in District 5-4A), which lost 44-39 at home to P.K. Yonge in its second game of the season, was led by Dymeria Clayton with 17 points.
“We made a lot of mistakes and were unfortunate not to win,” said Raiders coach Dock Pollard. “We have not played a complete basketball game yet. We have been on the fortunate sides of things most of the time this season, but tonight, we got a real eye-opener in that we are not there yet.
“We have to deal with pressure and find a way to practice in pressure-type situations. I take full responsibility for that. We are going to find a way to make it work.”
Freshman Alisha Clayton had a team-high nine rebounds for the Blue Wave. Mallory had a team-leading nine assists and five steals, Fort had six rebounds and four assists and Jackson added six rebounds.
P.K. Yonge travels to 1A Hawthorne (17-1) on Thursday. The Blue Wave, who has only two seniors, starts two freshmen.
“We are working to get better by the end of the year,” said Powers, whose school will host the district tournament beginning on Jan. 28. “We have come a long ways.
“We play a schedule that prepares us for the end of the year. For me, it is not a matter of wins and losses. It is a matter of playing against the best and making sure we are ready no matter what our record is at the end of the year.”
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