The pressure defense of the GW girls finally took its toll on the Pettus squad as the Lady Horns captured a 66-37 win.
“The Pettus Lady Eagles are running a new defense this year and for them to have only been down by nine at the half against a big, quick team like George West, speaks volumes. I only wish we could have stayed strong throughout the second half,” said Pettus head coach Sunny DeCamp.
The first period was not pretty, except for the outside shooting of Pettus point guard Destiny Carrillo. Carrillo single-handedly kept the home team in the contest with three long-range jumpers for nine of the Lady Eagles’ first 11 points. The GW girls were suffering from some poor shooting but still hit for 15 points to lead by four at the end of the first quarter.
The pressure defense employed by the Lady Horns, a man-to-man and/or zone trapping press, began to erode some of the Lady Eagles’ confidence and led to transition baskets for the GW girls in the second quarter.
The Lady Eagles added eight points to their side of the scoreboard while the visitors made 13 points to lead 28-19 at the half.
The GW pressure continued in the second half and the Lady Horns kept someone in Carrillo’s face from the half-court line on in to the three-point line. Carrillo was unable to break free for another clear look at the basket the entire second half.
The Pettus turnovers began to feed the GW offense and the Lady Horns got several layups in transition to break the game open in the second half. It was a 45-28 game heading into the fourth quarter and the visitors kept coming. The Lady Horns blistered the nets inside and over their shorter foes for 21 fourth quarter points to capture the easy victory.
“We are working on getting into shape with our new defense, so I can’t be too disappointed with the girls, especially since we didn’t have as many fresh legs as George West last night,” said DeCamp.
Tori Arrisola hit for 11 points in the Pettus loss. She also hauled in five rebounds. Carrillo contributed 10 points in the first half. Ryan Grayson also hit for 10 points and pulled down four rebounds. Randi Arrrisola added four points and Tristian Moore had one second half basket.
The George West squad was led by Marley Snider’s 16 points. Kaylee Brysch added 12 points and Taylor Thompson came off the bench to score 10. Erin Snider contributed nine points. Kate Jimerson hit for six points while D’Nessa Franklin and Mary Casino both recorded four. Bethany Brysch added five markers for the GW girls.
The Lady Eagles will resume their season after Thanksgiving with a Tuesday night contest against Austwell-Tivoli at 5:30 p.m. in a varsity only night.