“I was very pleased with the way we played in the third and fourth quarter,” second-year Lady Bears head coach Veronica Lee said of a game her team trailed in 25-24 at the half. “We really started to push the ball up (on offense) which I really felt we could do against them. On defense we started picking up the passing lanes and getting some easy steals at the top of the key.”
The result was a 12-6 quarter-long run in the third quarter that saw Griffin carry a 36-31 lead into the fourth quarter.
There Elliott and Weems went to work, scoring three and two baskets respectively, as Griffin took its largest lead of the game, 52-40, on a layup by Elliott with 2:40 left to play. Griffin’s defense did the rest on a night when Riverdale’s only point in the final four minutes came from three free throws.
“I’m really happy with some of the young players stepping up and giving us big minutes,” said Lee. “They still make some rookie mistakes once in a while, but for the most part they are stepping in and picking up the slack.“
The game didn’t start out as rosy as it ended for Griffin. Riverdale led 12-6 at the end of the first quarter.
Riverdale’s leading scorers were Toni Thomas (12 points), Phallen Morris (11) and Sequoia Nelson (10). Shacoria Jones, with nine points, rounded out Griffin’s third leading scorer.