Father Lopez tops Mainland

Updated: January 10, 2018

26196333_1996240490647630_2516659252749907258_n  Photos by: Karsceal Turner


Story by Andreas Butler

On a night when the baskets weren’t falling Father Lopez found a way to defeat Mainland 44-33 on Tuesday night.

“It was a hard fought game. The ball just wasn’t going in the basket. We found away. We did a better job rebounding in the second half,” said Father Lopez coach, Brad Ridenour.

Mainland coach, Arthur Westbrook echoed, “It was a tough game. Shots weren’t falling. We played well defensively. We had a couple of days heading into the game and we came out slow. You can’t do that against a good team.”

Taylor Williams had 15 points, eight boards and four steals for the Green Wave.

“Tonight was harder since the baskets weren’t falling. On nights like this I still have to push forward and stay focused with my team and not just myself,” responded Williams.

Williams had a critical three point play that gave Lopez a blank lead with blank to play.

“She didn’t have a good game but she made plays when we needed her too. She builds everything for us,” added Ridenour.

The game featured the two teams atop the district 7A-2-5, standings. Lopez has now beaten the Buccaneers twice this season.

Father Lopez (14-2, 8-0) led 27-18 at halftime and 34-30 after three quarters.

Mainland (9-4, 5-2) tied the score at 30 on a layup by Isys Grady with 2:18 to go in the third quarter.

The Green Wave outscored the Buccaneers 10-3 in the final quarter.

Grady finished with 10 points for the Buccaneers.

The ‘Bucs tried to push the tempo but couldn’t finish on offense despite playing well defensively.

Westbrook added, “You have to give something. We’re a small and fast team. When you play a bigger team and they slow you down it takes you out of your game. We wanted to play fast. We had opportunities but couldn’t finish and they were able to slow things down and take advantage.”

Tiera White added 12 points and Taneja Robinson six for Lopez.

Dzhariya Hawkins added nine points and Leeann Henry six for Mainland.

Both teams finding their way

Despite being the top two teams in their district both teams are still trying to find themselves.

“We are still figuring it all out. We are kind of young too. It all comes down to trusting each other and what we’re trying to do,” noted Westbrook.

Ridenour echoed, “We are still figuring it out. We grinded out a win tonight even though we didn’t shoot well against our biggest rival in the district.”

Player of the Game: Father Lopez junior guard/forward Taylor Williams

Taylor was held in check for most of the night but she still made the plays when needed the most.


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