The Piedmont girls team muscled its way to a 43-24 win over the Guthrie Lady Bluejays thanks in large part to a 12 point effort by Sarah Parker. Guthrie came in ranked No. 13 in Class 5A.
Both teams came out in a defensive mind set on Tuesday, both offenses looked to be in slow motion as they combined for just nine points.
However, if the first quarter was slow and plodding, the second quarter was explosive. Piedmont scored 13 points, and responded to an early Guthrie challenge to take the lead for good. Lindsey Kerby put a lot of quality minutes in down in the paint as she helped Piedmont win the rebound battle.
Miesha Stevenson took over in the third quarter, making shots on offense and battling on defense. The lead would steadily build for the Lady Wildcats, stretching their lead to 28-19 at the end of the third quarter.
“This game was really important to us,” said Ashley Almond who scored eight points and was crucial in kick starting the Piedmont attack. “We worked better as a team today, our intensity was better.”
Coach George Wagner was also pleased with the team’s effort and knew win was important following some tough losses in the SNU tournament the week before.
“We lost two at the tournament, came back and played pretty good but lost a tough one to Western Heights,” Coach Wagner said. “We needed something positive to get us back on track.”
Piedmont got something positive on Tuesday, as they won every quarter and the rebounding battle. Coming out with intensity had been a team focus after their flat performance against Western Heights last Friday.
“We knew this was going to be a tough game,” Wagner said. “We had to match their intensity and their aggressiveness. We (limited) our turnovers, played good defense and out rebounded them. And we moved the ball really well. Sarah Parker had an outstanding game, and Kylie (Boggess)’s defense, rebounding, and court awareness were crucial. Ashley (Almond) had another really solid game.”
Tuesday night’s win puts another W in Piedmont’s Suburban Conference record. While there are still a lot of games for the Lady Wildcats to play, beating a good Guthrie team by 19 has to feel good as they look towards this weekend’s tournament.