Having throttled Sterling's varsity in a pre-season game/scrimmage, the Pratt Community College women's basketball team probably thought going in they wouldn't have much trouble with the Warrior JV. Turns out, if they thought that, they were right.
Having throttled Sterling's varsity in a pre-season game/scrimmage, the Pratt Community College women's basketball team probably thought going in they wouldn't have much trouble with the Warrior JV. Turns out, if they thought that, they were right. On Wednesday night at the Dennis Lesh Sports Arena, the Lady Beavers burst out to a 13-0 lead before a Sterling shot found the bottom of the net. Although Sterling never gave up, the outcome was pretty much decided at that point, and eventually Pratt prevailed 88-65. Pratt possessed the advantage in both size and athleticism, so Sterling could not match up well player-to-player. PCC was able to find good shots all night, as evidenced by their 50% FG ratio. Sterling, on the other hand, was reduced to winging up lower percentage shots. At times, the Warriors hit flurries of shots from long range, finishing with 50% from the arc. Such a run in the middle of the first half let Sterling close to within 27-24 at the 6:30 mark. But PCC kept pounding the offensive boards and scoring in transition off Sterling misfires, going on a 10-0 run. At 4:09 it was back to a 37-24 PCC advantage. Pratt increased its lead over the final four minutes, taking a 48-29 lead to the halftime locker room. Sterling never got closer than 15 in the second half, and the Lady Beavers closed them out 88-65. Reserves got quite a few minutes throughout the game as PCC head coach Stephanie Thompson welcomed the opportunity to rest her starters. “We're in a tough stretch of games right now with 6 games in 9 days,” she observed. “I was looking forward to being able to sub a lot.” Shanell Dedrick, spelling Maddie Pendry at the point guard, had one of her better games—scoring 6 pts with 5 caroms, 2 assists and only 1 turnover. Sherry Calhoun got 4 points and 4 rebounds and a steal in her 12:45 in the post. Tatiana Grant continues to impress, scoring 30 points with 7 rebounds. Elle Stein had her way in the middle, scoring a double-double with 19 pts and 10 boards. It was basically a workmanlike effort for the Lady Beavers, characterized by efficient offense and dominant rebounding. “I have no complaints about our offense or rebounding,” Coach Thompson said. “I wasn't too happy with our defense, though. We'll work on that tomorrow in practice.” The Lady Beavers are 7-0 following the victory, and seem to be enjoying themselves thus far into the season. “The girls like each other,” Thompson added. “We have good chemistry, which you need in a team sport. They're easy to get along with. They have fun together, they're unselfish.” The Lady Beavers will next take on a pair of Jayhawk East teams this weekend in the Neosho County Classic. Pratt plays Neosho County on Friday and Allen County on Saturday to wind up a busy nine-day period.