Lady Ravens down Lady Hawks 50-41
The Rocky River ladies basketball team is starting off strong. They have a solid group of players and a bench that can make a significant contribution. They also have a good athlete and standout player in senior, Delayzha Dixon who contributed 27 points to lead all scorers in the contest.
The first half was real competitive with the Ravens taking a 23-20 lead at the intermission led by Dixon and Emina Lockley offensively. Morgan Graves, the junior center at 5-10 did a nice job under the boards and defensively.
In the second half, the game opened up, along with the transition game of the Lady Ravens who picked up the tempo and controlled the floor with solid defense, and scoring easy baskets on fast breaks using their athleticism, especially with Dixon.
With 4:50 remaining in the game, the score was 41-37 Ravens leading, Dixon would make a power move to the basket scoring the bucket drawing the foul. She would complete the opportunity by sinking the foul shot for a 3-point play giving the Ravens a 44-37 advantage.
Now with 2:40 remaining in the game, Dixon would make another power move to the basket off a nice feed from Amani Womack to take a 46-39 lead. With time running out under a minute, Dixon would score again on a lay-up, and at 19 seconds Summer Washington would make a lay-up to complete the scoring for the 50-41 win over the Lady Hawks from West Mecklenburg.
Dixon had 27 points and 10 rebounds for the double-double. Lockley contributed 11 points, and Womack 7 for the Lady Ravens.
Lady Stallions fall to Lady Wildcats at home opener 41-26
The Queen’s Grant Lady Stallions are an improved basketball team. However, their current 0-3 record does not show how far they have come in their development. They have a couple of better athletes, play more team basketball, improved their defense, and hopefully, when solid senior center Ashley Aberly returns in two weeks from an injury, the team will be more competitive and start accumulating some wins against clubs they should defeat in their conference.
The key is will Aberly be in playing condition? The 6-1 senior, will probably have to be worked into the lineup by getting more minutes each game to become effective. She is an important piece of the puzzle if the Lady Stallions are going to have any real success this season as they are a young team with 5 freshman, 2 sophomores, and 3 juniors.
In the first half, The Lady Wildcats took a 20-8 lead into the intermission, largely on a few key turnovers and transition points. Also, they shot well from the field, while the Lady Stallions struggled.
In the second half, the game was played more competitively with the Wildcats netting 21 points compared with the Stallions scoring 18. In fact, the Stallions outscored their opponent 14-12 in the final period of the game. The ladies pushed the ball up the court, played solid defense and made their shots.
Freshman Nasha Allen scored scored 8 points, Lilly Gorum contributed 6 points, Lilly Todd had 5, Jazlyn Jordan netted 5 points and Sydney Reynolds 2 for the Stallions. Meanwhile, junior Remmi Carlton had a solid night defensively and under the boards for Queen’s Grant, and sophomore Isabella Okhman hustled defensively at the top of the key for the home team.