Knights Are Stifled By Crimson Wave's Defense
By David Breidenbach, Correspondent
Jan 10, 2014, 09:15
David Breidenbach/Hopewell News/News-Patriot
CHESTER—Stifling full court pressure and an attacking offense enabled Petersburg to get an early double-digit lead which they rode to a 48-31 victory at Thomas Dale Thursday.
The Crimson Wave pushed the ball up court and got a young Lady Knights team in early foul trouble. The Knights were in double-bonus territory before the end of the first quarter, and Petersburg shot a scalding 78 percent from the stripe. Eleven of their 25 first-half points came from free throws, and they finished the game hitting 22 of 30.
“We really didn’t take advantage of it (the double bonus) as much as we should have. I wanted them to attack more, but Thomas Dale played well and they played hard,” Petersburg Coach Raymond Patton said.
The early lead was difficult for the Knights to make up. They managed to cut into the halftime lead, 24-13, by winning the third quarter 12-11. They limited Petersburg’s second chance attempts by deploying their bigs and denying offensive rebounds, but the early foul trouble came back to haunt the Knights as their bigs had to come out with four fouls each.
Petersburg took advantage of the change in personnel and put the game away in the final quarter, outscoring the Knights 15-6 down the stretch on 7 of 9 foul shooting.
“They are a young team so they foul a lot. I think they did a good job of adjusting to the game being called tightly. We ended up with them shooting 11 more foul shots in the first half than we did and we couldn’t make it up,” Thomas Dale’s first-year Coach Pam Hughes said.
As the game was coming to a close, Petersburg opted to stall and take time off the clock. With the Knights continuing to play zone, the Crimson Wave was able to keep the ball out on the perimeter taking important time off the clock.
“In high school basketball in VA we don’t have a shot clock. So if you have a big lead you want to take the air out of the ball. If they played man, we wouldn’t have been able to pull the ball back, but they stayed back,” Patton said.
Kamaria Green led the Wave with nine steals, and Kayla Ellis had nine boards and six steals, Kamika Harper had seven rebounds and a steal for Petersburg. Fitzgerald led all scorers with 12 points, K. Ellis had 11, and Harper chipped in 9 for the Wave. Bryonna Gadsden had four steals, Monique Jones had five steals, and T’keyah Banks had five offensive boards for the Knights. Jones’ nine points was tops for Thomas Dale.
PETERSBURG (7-4) — Bridgeforth 0, Coleman 0, Crocker 0, K. Ellis 11, S. Ellis 2, Fitzgerald 12, Green 7, Gregory 7, Harper 9, Herring 0, Terreforte 0. Totals 12 22-30 48.
THOMAS DALE (Unk) — Eastling 4, Jones 9, Gadsden 2, Jackson 2, Waring 2, Millard 0, Edwards 0, Flowers 5, Taylor 2, Callahan 0, Bells 3, Banks 2. Totals 11 8-21 31.