Girls basketball: No. 1 Dwyer routs No. 2 Boynton Beach
Monday, December 10, 2012
by Matt Porter
It was a great early season pairing: Boynton Beach's run-and-gun offense, with junior sparkplug Shakoa Edwards, against Dwyer's dominating, Division I-size.
Though Edwards played at breakneck pace, the top-ranked Panthers had too much muscle for the second-ranked Tigers in an 85-53 rout Monday night.
Dwyer (9-1) led by just five points after one quarter, but pushed it to 32 at several points in the second half. Boynton (8-2) needed to take -- and make -- plenty of shots against Dwyer, which has three star players at least six-feet tall. The Tigers have no one over 5-10.
With seniors Kai James (6-5) and Sam Glodis (6-3) drawing double teams inside, they still hauled in nearly as many offensive rebounds (24) as Boynton had total rebounds (25). Dwyer grabbed 45 boards in total. With all the second, third, and sometimes fourth opportunities, Dwyer was 35-of-71 from the floor and didn't attempt a three-pointer.
"That was our strategy. Try to push things inside, make them double up Kai or Sam, and show the other weapons that we have," Dwyer coach Jeryl Akins said.
Five Panthers were in double figures. Senior forward Kiandra Bowers was 8-of-11 shooting, mostly in the paint, and had a team-high 17 points. She had eight rebounds (four offensive). Senior forward Ayanna Holmes had 14 points and a team-high 11 rebounds. Junior wing Keyanna Harris had 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
Glodis has 15 points and James finished with 11 points and eight rebounds.
The Tigers committed seven turnovers to Dwyer's 16, but were just 22-of-67 from the floor, including 4-of-25 on threes.
"We were hitting a few shots early, but they weren't dropping enough to make an impact," Boynton coach Lisa Johnson said.
Senior Ta'Kerria Brown scored a game-high 21 points for the Tigers. Edwards added 17, but missed 10 of 13 shots from the field. She had eight rebounds, four steals and 10 assists.
Dwyer looks like a team fueled by a loss to Palm Beach Central in last year's regional semifinals.
"We're on a mission," Akins said. "The mission is Lakeland, but we've got to take care of business here first."