The Sterling girls’ basketball team was ranked #3 in class 2A coming into their game with Pratt High Tuesday night. The Black Bears showed they deserve their lofty ranking by turning aside the visiting Lady Greenbacks 62-50.
The Sterling girls’ basketball team was ranked #3 in class 2A coming into their game with Pratt High Tuesday night. The Black Bears showed they deserve their lofty ranking by turning aside the visiting Lady Greenbacks 62-50. One key to Pratt’s success this season has been to get off to a good start. That didn’t happen in this game, as it was Sterling who raced out to a 13-4 lead halfway through the initial period. Using an up-tempo style of play, the Lady Bears just seemed a step quicker than Pratt in the early going. Once Pratt adjusted to the pace, the remaining 28 minutes of the game was scored virtually even up— but Sterling’s advantage early on allowed them to stay on top for the entire game. Pratt cut into their 19-10 first quarter deficit a little bit in Q2. Hailey Hook had a 3-pointer and Jenson Maydew scored 5 of her team-high 17 points in the second frame to pull to within 28-21 at the intermission. Pratt got even closer in the third quarter. Destani Garten hit a pair of treys and Breann Becker knocked one down also as Lady Green used the long ball to good effect. Pratt trailed just 41-35 heading into the final stanza. But Sterling used a 7-0 run to regain the momentum as the 4th quarter commenced. After scoring on the frame’s initial possession, the Black Bears got a stop, then converted a 3-ball. On the ensuing PHS possession, Sterling got a steal and a bucket that put them back up by 13 (48-35) with just 6:00 left to play. The rest of the game was just playing out the string. Lady Green kept fighting, but Sterling was up to the task. The Frogs put up their largest quarterly output (15) of the contest in the 4th, but Sterling didn’t fold. In fact, they more than held their own— pouring through 21 points to extend their cushion to 62-50 as time elapsed. Although Sterling took the air out of the ball a little bit down the stretch, they continued to look for scoring opportunities— and they seldom missed when they found one. With a nice blend of size and quickness, Sterling looks poised to make a run in the 2A post-season. Pratt faces three CKL games at home as the season winds down. Thursday, Kingman will make up a snow game with the Lady Frogs; Friday Halstead makes an appearance; and Lady Green ends the regular season next Tuesday with a rematch against Hesston who is currently 16-1. PHS girls 10 11 14 15 50 Sterling 19 9 13 21 62 Bailey 3, Hook 5, Destani Garten 13, Becker 4, Flemming 6, Smith-Potter 2, Jenson Maydew 17