FBC Defenders (Stone) Win 2nd Round Game, USA Invitational at Penn State

FBC Defenders (Stone) played their second game at Penn State against NY Pride Gray, a Westchester County NY team, as the stifling heat continued to test even the most well hydrated athletes.  Pride scored first on 2 foul shots, but Defenders got moving with a 3 from Ashanti.  The team came out playing good defense, with a steal by Shalette, and in short order an assist from Shari to Shalette for 2, to tie the game at 5-5.   Ashanti got a block, and fast break, dished off to Shari, who dished back to Ashanti, who completed the layup for 2.  What a nice looking play!  Walker grabbed a steal, then Ashanti put up a long miss, but Tia was there to clean-up with a rebound and up for 2.  The defense was now firing on all cylinders, as Shari got a steal, and continued to execute pressure defense at the top of the key.  Ashanti forced a backcourt call on the Pride to add to the forced turnovers.  Jas added on by getting a steal, but unfortunately got hurt with 7 minutes left in the first half, and had to leave the game.  (All the team’s thoughts are with you Jas).  The offense continued to be spread around with baskets from Janissa and Jenean.  Jenean contributed with a steal, then shot from outside, and Tia was there to grab the rebound, put it back up for 2 and a foul.  Jenean and Shari teamed up for a trap, then grabbed the ball for a steal.  The half closed with Defenders ahead 15 to 10.

In the second half, Shari stole the ball, drove into the lane, missed, but had Tia there for the rebound and put back.  Shalette hit a turnaround jumper to make the score 19 to 13.  Shari’s stifling defense on the opposing guard resulted in a 5 second call/turnover.  Then we started trading 3’s with Pride scoring, then Ashanti hitting for 3, then Pride hitting for 3.  It was 22-18 with 10:53 to go.  Shari and Shalette teamed up again with Shari passing in to Shalette in the lane who put it up for 2.  More 3’s raining down with Ashanti and Janissa both hitting them.  Ashanti got a steal, then went full court for 2.  Shari hit a pull up jumper and we were now at 34-27.  In a continuing theme, Tia rebounded a teammate’s miss and put it back up for 2.  Shalette rebounded a missed foul shot, and powered it back up for 2 and a foul.  We closed out the game strong with a 40-27 final score.

Ashanti had high score with 13, with Tia neck and neck with 12.  Tia had the game high 9 rebounds, Shari had game high 3 assists.  Shalette had 4 steals.

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