Basketball: No. 1 Dwyer girls hold off No. 2 Lake Worth
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
by Matt Porter
Top-ranked Dwyer has plenty of playing and coaching experience, and with it, a deep arsenal of offensive and defensive sets.
One play it usually doesn't need to run: hold the ball at the end of a game.
That's what second-ranked Lake Worth made Dwyer do Wednesday night. Unbeaten and on its home floor, the Trojans made Dwyer (17-4) sweat out a 75-69 win.
"I've seen them play everybody. They just smash people," Lake Worth coach Alvin Hamilton said. "We knew if we come and do the little things that we do well, we can play with them."
Lake Worth (16-1) may have suffered its first loss of the season, but just barely. Thanks to skilled junior forward Storm Bureau (game-high 21 points, seven rebounds, seven assists) and sophomore guard Jonika Garvin (19 points, eight rebounds, six steals), plus some sweet outside shooting (eight threes), the Trojans forced a deep Dwyer team to use a short rotation of six.
"I think we came out with a lot of fight," Bureau said. "A little more practice and we might have had it."
Lake Worth forced more turnovers (23-21), but Dwyer hit the boards harder. It outrebounded Lake Worth 28-25, including a whopping 18-4 on the offensive glass.
"Those big girls were just too big for us," Hamilton said.
Five Dwyer players scored in double figures, led by Keyanna Harris (team-high 16 points, seven assists, six steals) and Kai James (12 points, 11 rebounds). Ayanna Holmes had 15, with Glodis and Mykeria Lee chipping in 13.
After going up 10-3 to open the game, Lake Worth led by one at the end of the first quarter. Dwyer went up by 10 at the half. While Lake Worth went on a 7-0 run to start the third, Dwyer never led by less than four points in the fourth quarter, and pushed its lead to as many as 11.
"They're a quality team," Dwyer coach Jeryl Akins said of Lake Worth. "Their guards played very well. They have the shooters. And they didn't need much room. We had to work tonight."
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