Lady Hawks fall
to Texas High
District basketball play is a good six weeks away, and in a 74-58 loss to Texas High at Hawk Gym Monday night, Pleasant Grove’s girls got an object lesson in just how far must go.
“Things didn’t go our way, but we kept playing,” said coach Jason Boston. “We took it as an opportunity to get 32 minutes better. I saw tons of improvement from where we were a week ago.”
Senior forward Madeline Haak did her best to keep the Hawks in the game, pouring in 22 points, including a pair of three-pointers, and battling for every ball on defense.
It worked in the first quarter, when the Lady Tigers jumped out to a 9-4 lead. A put-back jumper by Monique Walker, a steal and lay-up by Sha’Nequa Henry, and a pair of field goals from Haak reeled the Tigers back in to 14-13 with 1:24 left in the period.
Texas High’s Urique McBride and Kerrighan Dunn hit back-to-back three-pointers, but Haak sank a free throw and hit a trey of her own to make it a 20-17 game at the end of one.
The Tigers opened the second quarter by forcing three consecutive turnovers and converting all three to buckets. A defensive stop and a pair of foul shots later, PG was in a 28-17 hole from which it never emerged. The Hawks never got closer than eight the rest of the way.
Abby Hines chipped in 15 points, including a pair of three-pointers, and Henry had 11 points.
“We have a way to go, but we have time to get there,” said Boston. “The PG team that was on the floor tonight would have smoked the PG team that was on the floor last week.”