The Alba-Golden Lady Panthers have now won two straight games after thoroughly beating the Eustace Lady Bulldogs Tuesday afternoon 53-10.
The Lady Panthers quickly jumped all over Eustace with their full court man-to-man defense that led to repeated easy baskets for A-G. The Lady Panthers got out to an early 11-0 lead by the end of the first quarter. Eustace scored their first basket on a three-pointer midway through the second quarter making it a 14-3 score in favor of A-G.
Macie Pendergrass got the scoring off to a hot start for A-G as she scored on a short jumper and a lay-up in the early moments of the first quarter.
In the second quarter the Lady Panther defense continued to stifle the Lady Bulldogs as A-G took a 21-6 lead in to halftime. However Alba-Golden Head Coach Blake Hamrick was visibly displeased with his team’s performance at halftime.
Hamrick said about the game, that his team played sluggish on offense and didn’t execute very well initially.
“We played a good second half after a slow start in the first half. It’s hard for players to get motivated when it’s Christmas break and the game is in the middle of the day with holidays looming around the corner. We were able to lock in more in the second half and focus on what we do better than what we did in the first half,” Hamrick said last week via text.
In the third quarter A-G played arguably their best quarter of the game as the Lady Panthers doubled their lead in less than five minutes. Sammi Rambsel hit back to back three’s and Kenzi Chadwick scored a lay-up that capped off a 15-0 run to extend A-G’s lead to 30 points. At the end of the third Eustace had been held scoreless and the score was 36-6.
The A-G Lady Panthers scored 17 points in the fourth as they went on to win by 43 points.
The Lady Panthers were led in scoring by Rambsel who had struggled in recent games.
“Sammi Rambsel stuck out against Eustace. She had had a rough couple of games (prior) against Edgewood and Mineola but was able to bounce back and dial in mentally against Eustace and played a good game,” Hamrick said.
Rambsel finished with a team-high 16 points, five rebounds and four assists while hitting two threes.
Hamrick also said he thought the key to the game was the A-G girl’s ability to spread the offensive scoring load around. The Lady Panthers are a team full of similar sized players who can all do a multitude of things to attack defenses.
“The good thing for us is we don’t have any (one star) on the team but have a team full of equal talent so if someone is having a bad game or a bad day we have the capability to have someone else step up and pick up the slack,” Hamrick said.
Grace Bizzell finished with 13 points, eight steals. Chadwick was the third scorer in double figures for A-G as she finished with 11 points, seven rebounds and two steals.
The Lady Panthers will look to continue their balanced offensive attack when they return from Christmas break.