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Lady Dragons fall to Gretna in Holiday Classic 50-43

South Boston News
SoVaNow.com / January 02, 2014
The Park View Lady Dragons played Gretna in the first game of the consolation bracket on Saturday afternoon at the Holiday Classic, hosted by Halifax County High School in South Boston. Gretna won the match-up 50-43.

Park View was placed in the bracket after losing to Person County (N.C.) 50-35 in opening round play on Friday.

Turnovers were the key for Gretna as Park View committed in excess of 40 turnovers in the loss.

Park View had one player in double figures, Odicci Alexander with 11 points. Dare Wright collected nine points and JaBreia Clark added eight in the loss.

Gretna was led by Tahyanna Gilbert with 12 points. Jayla Davis dropped in 10 points and Teryn Ward followed with eight points.

Park View had a good first quarter, jumping out to a 9-4 lead. The Lady Dragons were paced by Alexander with three points. Roderica Cook, Clark and Wright scored a deuce each.

The second quarter was more competitive as Gretna posted nine points and Park View had seven in the frame. Gretna’s Vernicia Glass, Tinya Miller, Courtney Witcher and ViVi Miranda scored a basket each in the period.

Park View took a 16-13 lead into halftime.

Gretna turned up the heat on the Lady Dragons in the third quarter, outscoring Park View 20-13. Gilbert had the hot hand for Gretna, sinking two treys and adding a basket for eight points. Davis and Ward scored four apiece.

Alexander led the Dragons with four points in the third. Wright had three points to end the quarter with Gretna leading, 33-29.

Gretna outscored Park View 17-14 in the fourth to secure the 50-43 victory. Davis posted five points in the period. Gilbert knocked down four points.

Alexander and Wright had four points each to close the period for the Dragons.



1st Quarter:

PV jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, opening with basket from Cook. Alexander went to the line and hit one-of-two.

Gretna’s Ebony Callands was fouled on a shot attempt and got a point at the line. Wright followed with a deuce for PV.

Alexander and Clark hit a basket apiece to close the quarter, with PV leading 9-4.



2nd Quarter:

The Dragons’ Brittany Whitby hit a deuce to open scoring in the frame. But Gretna’s Miller responded with four points to get her team within three at 11-8.

Davis went to the line and scored one-of-two. Clark and Miller exchanged baskets.

PV scored three additional points to take a 16-11 lead. Glass hit a deuce and PV led at halftime, 16-13



3rd Quarter:

Davis scored a basket to bring Gretna within one at 16-15 and then hit another deuce to give Gretna its first lead of the game at, 17-16.

Alexander scored three points to put PV up, 19-17. PV’s Brooke Mason hit a basket and Wright got one-of-two at the line.

Gilbert knotted the score at 22 when she drilled a trey and sent her team up by two with a follow-up basket.

Alexander went to the line and hit a shot. Gretna then got another trey from Gilbert; Ward hit back-to-back shots for the 31-23 Gretna lead.

Park View closed the frame scoring six points. Miller added a bucket for Gretna and the 33-29 lead.



4th Quarter:

PV began with a basket and Davis followed with a trey for Gretna. The teams exchanged baskets a couple of times before Gretna hit for six points to up its lead to 46-35.

Wright, Mason and Brooke Tanner went to the foul line and sunk four-of-six to get the Dragons within five points at 46-41.

Ward and Miller closed out the scoring for Gretna to take the 50-43 win.



Team Scores:

PV: Brittany Whitby-4, Roderica Cook-3, Brooke Tanner-3, JaBreia Clark-8, Odicci Alexander-11, Diana Kimondo-2 and Dare Wright-9.

Gretna: Vernicia Glass-2, Kieyona Logan-4, Jayla Davis-10, Teryn Ward-8, Tinya Miller-7, ViVi Miranda-4, Courtney Witcher-2, Ebony Collands-1 and Tahyanna Gilbert-12.





Lady Dragons lose to Person County

The Person County Rockets played the Lady Dragons in opening round action of the Holiday Classic in South Boston on Friday and lost the game by 15 points, 50-35.

Person’s Christina Harris led all scorers on the night with 24 points. Her teammate Tiana Hatchett dropped in 15 points.

The Lady Dragons just never got in the groove of this game in the first half and were limited to five points in the first quarter and six points in the second.

Three Dragon players scored in the first quarter. Roderica Cook scored three baskets in the second quarter for the six points.

Person had a decent first quarter in comparison, scoring 10 points. But Person also had a weak second period, posting only five points. The score at the half was 15-11, Person.

Park View had a better outing in the third quarter offensively, but they only scored eight points. Person garnered 11 points during the frame and increased its lead to 26-19.

The Dragons were led by Cook in the period. She popped a trey and hit a jumper for seven points. Person’s Christina Harris added seven for her team during the period.

Park View was outscored 24-16 in the final period. Diana Kimondo hit eight points in the quarter – six of those points earned at the foul line. Wright was on her teammate’s heels with a trey and a couple of baskets.

Harris added nine points in the final period to help her team on to the 50-35 victory.



Team Scores:

PV: Roderica Cook-12, Brooke Tanner-2, JaBreia Clark-2, Diana Kimondo-10 and Dare Wright-9.

Person County: Soren Williams-2, Cyanna Lester-2, Tylesha Smith-3, Cheyanne Cothran-2, Christina Harris-24, Tiana Hatchett-15 and Jessica Lassiter-2.



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