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Park View girls double up Windsor

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Asia Green fights for possession Friday night as the Lady Dragons prevailed in their contest with Windsor, 68-34. (Steve Hinzman photo) / December 19, 2018

The Park View varsity girls hosted Windsor High School on Friday night and with power forward/center Nieya Hawkins leading the way, Park View prevailed 68-34.

Hawkins used timing and finesse to take the opening tip from the taller Lady Duke center and then went inside to score her team’s first points just 50 seconds into the contest. Deaona Watkins then scored a deuce followed by five more points from Hawkins.

The Dragons kept the pressure on and vaulted to a 13-1 lead before Kayce Gray finally got the Windsor offense started with a trey. But Park View went on another run, extending the lead to 17-5 at the 3:40 mark.

D. Watkins hit three more deuces for Park View and Teona Watts got four points to supplement nine points by Hawkins, and the first period ended with the Lady Dragons firmly in command, 21-11.

The Lady Dukes fared a little better in the second period and were able to match the Dragons point for point to hold the lead to 10 going into the half. Three Windsor players each scored five points to account for the 15 points the visitors put on the board in the frame.

Meanwhile, the Lady Dragons played solid team basketball and their 15 points came via six different players. Watkins led with four points, followed by three each by Nakkia Shabenas and Tiara House, two apiece by Harrison and India Green and a free throw from Hawkins.

The second half saw the Lady Dragons crank up the defense as they contested every shot, every rebound and every pass. As a result, they held the Lady Dukes to just two points in the frame while scoring 19 of their own to blow the game open. Hawkins scored eight, Shabenas five and Watts, Watkins and Harrison added two apiece in the period.

Park View continued to stifle the Dukes with defense in the fourth, holding Windsor to only six points. Forty-five seconds into the frame, M. Harrison hit T. Watts with a brilliant no-look pass on a fast break that was the highlight of the game. The Lady Dragons rolled on to score 13 points in the fourth to take the victory, 68-34.

Afterwards Dragons head coach Mike Barmoy lamented the lack of hard-nosed defensive play in the first. “I thought we played pretty good at times,” he said, “But we need to be more aggressive on defense for the entire game.”

Hawkins poured in 18 points for the Dragons followed by Watkins with 14, T. House with 9, Shabenas with 8, T. Watts with 7, M. Harrison and India Green with 4 each and 2 from Deshay Sturdivant.

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