Lady Wave “Splash Sisters” Dominate Rams In Season Opener
Written By: Judah Carroll
The Lady Wave basketball team led by head coach Willie Powers had a more than respectable season last year. The Wave had an outstanding record of 20-8 and this year, it could get even be better.
In a huge turnout crowd with amazing support from both fan bases, the Blue Wave couldn’t be stopped on Wednesday night. They blew past the Eastside Rams to win their first game of the season in great fashion, 65-34.
The Lady Wave got out early and never took their foot off the gas. After a dominating two quarters and a stellar first half performance by sophomore guard Julie Teasley with six points off the bench, the Blue Wave went into the break up 41-12.
In the second half, it was the same story. Although the Lady Rams doubled their first half score in just the third quarter, it still wasn’t enough. They weren’t able to consistently shoot or handle the ball without turning it over. They entered the fourth quarter down a whopping 35 points.
The Lady Wave, led by seniors Kailya Jackson, Alisha Clayton, Lauren Moore, and the game’s leading scorer with ten points, Auriyan Johnson, combined for an all-around great team game.
They played full court, in-your-face defense. They have great hands which caused turnovers and steals. The girls stayed aggressive on the boards and rebounding, passed well, took care of the ball, and shot lights out from deep.
“Well, the first game, I thought they did really well,” coach Powers said. “We’re learning some things, we put in some new things this year, so it’s the first time that they really could do it. I thought they played well, they played hard, and that’s exactly what we’re looking for.”
Have you heard of the “Splash Brothers” in Golden State? Well, there is a whole team of them in Gainesville at P.K. Yonge. The “Splash Sisters” went off for a combined nine threes, four players on the team drained two threes a piece.
When asked about the success from behind the three-point-line, two-time state champion coach said the off-season treated them more than well.
“Well, I think they really worked on shooting the three all summer and the fall so I think that’s really helped and our numbers are going up,” coach Powers said.
A couple of times on the court, it did seem that coach Powers was getting frustrated with the lack of communication between players and coaches. He feels attention to detail is the key to success.
“Listening. I think we listen more and we’re doing what I am asking them to do then, we’re gonna be more successful,” coach Powers said.
Despite the blowout win, star guard Kailya Jackson thinks there’s still room for improvement.
“We need to tighten up on defense,” Jackson smiled.
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