The 11th-seeded Green Oaks Lady Giants survived a scare Monday night in what was a physical showdown with the 22nd-seeded Buckeye Lady Panthers 41-36.
As soon as starting lineups were announced, you had a feeling what type of game was coming. Buckeye (18-12) went with a two center, two forward lineup. The Lady Giants (18-8) countered however with an uptempo game, holding an 11-3 advantage after one quarter of play.
After that break, things got rough in the paint.
Green Oaks coach Shayla Canady knew it was coming. “I talked to my big girls and told them I had to have more action from the inside. We’ve got build the house from the inside out”, remarked Canady. “I had heard a few things about them being physical and being very fundamental, doing the little things like boxing out and putting a body on you. I had to get my kids mentally prepared to take those licks and play through it.”
After the fast start, Buckeye’s physical presence made itself known. They pace slowed and the Lady Panthers clawed back to only trail 22-16 at half to the delight of a 75-person strong traveling fan section. After the half, the Lady Panthers weren’t finished, going on a 6-0 run to tie it before Green Oaks got things together to hold on to a 31-30 lead after three.
In the fourth, things began to flip. It was the Lady Giants that started getting the rebounds and forcing turnovers as the Lady Panthers began to tire.
It was a true team effort for Green Oaks, as four of the five starters were in double figures. Leading the way was Aalyah Robinson’s 11. Junior guard Princess Davis finished with 10 points, six rebounds, and five steals.
“The points were evenly distributed throughout our team, we really put the work in”, said Davis following the win.