The Houston Pro-Vision Academy Lady Warriors had little trouble in taking down the O’Connell Lady Buccaneers in their 42-21 win on Friday night in Galveston.
Christina Alexander scored 20 points to lead the Lady Warriors while Imani Brown scored nine points and Tamira Humphrey scored seven.
“We had a rough start but we came together and pulled it off,” said Pro-Vision Academy head coach Cala Smith. “We’re a young team, but we’re getting better.”
Leslie Rodriguez put up nine points for the Lady Bucs. Nieci Charles put up five, while Brooke Cromie finished with four points.
The Warriors went 9-for-26 on free throws while the Lady Bucs went 5-for-12.
Both teams traded free throws at the beginning of the game before the Warriors hit a few inside shots to take a 5-2 lead.
Ansley McCulloch was spotted for a wide-open layup to close the Lady Bucs’ early deficit.
But, the Warriors responded with a 6-0 run before the first quarter was up.
Charles drilled a 3-pointer to pull the Lady Bucs to within seven with 3:17 left in the second quarter.
A lane violation was sandwiched between two free throws that Christina Alexander converted. Seconds later, she was sent to the line on a technical foul and drilled both charities to give the Warriors a 10-point lead.
The Warriors closed out the first half with a 9-2 run to take a 26-9 halftime lead.
A 3-pointer led to a 6-2 run at the start of the third quarter for the Warriors.
The Lady Buccaneers scored six unanswered points to finish the third frame, trailing 32-17.
But the Warriors woke up from their shooting slump, going on a 7-2 run at the start of the fourth quarter.
Humphrey’s shot from outside the arc helped the Warriors to a 42-19 lead with 2:44 remaining in the game.
The Warriors wouldn’t let the Lady Bucs back in the game.
“Our girls played pretty hard tonight,” said O’Connell head coach Derek Martin. “The first time we played Pro-Vision was in December and they’re a much better team now. We’ve gotten better since the season started. Our players are coming together.”