The O’Bannon Lady Waves used a second half onslaught to beat their district rival South Delta Lady Bulldogs 60-27 Monday night in girls high school basketball.
The Lady Waves opened the third quarter on a 7-2 run to slowly begin putting some distance between themselves and South Delta. O’Bannon’s offense in the half court featured an inside out passing game leading to easy interior buckets and wide open threes.
When MaLeah Morris drained a three pointer at the 5:15 mark of the third quarter, O’Bannon took a 28-15 lead. With a barrage of three pointers, fast break points and hustle for loose balls, O’Bannon finished the third quarter on a 16-4 run to take a commanding 44-19 lead into the final quarter. “We have a saying this year about bringing your own energy,” said O’Bannon head coach Isaac Morris.“I didn’t change anything schematically in how we ran our offense. I just emphasized that we need to play harder and distribute the ball to everyone. I encouraged everyone to score the ball.”
O’Bannon’s interior defense and rebounding helped them breakout to a quick 10-2 lead in the first quarter. However, the Lady Waves went into a scoring drought to close the first quarter and didn’t score another basket until Joyia Clark converted a layup on the low block with 5:43 remaining until halftime. Meanwhile South Delta kept hustling and scrapping for loose balls, getting fouled and scoring from the free throw line. Action intensified as halftime neared.
Kyra Jackson Ware nailed a three from the corner to push the lead to 19-10 at the 1:43 mark of the second quarter.
Brittany Lane answered right back with a fast beak layup to make the score 19-12. Ware answered right back again with a short jumper from the elbow and key block outs, steaks and rebounds. O’Bannon led 21-13 at the half.