Although it is yet to be determined if defense will win the Shoemaker Grey Wolves a championship, it did go a long way in helping them win their second game of the season. 

The Shoemaker (2-8) defense came out big against the Bryan Lady Vikings in a 44-35 win on Tuesday.

“I think we’re amazing on defense, I think we’re one of the best (teams) on defense,” senior guard Daysha Roberts said. “That’s our strong point.”

The victory came at a needed time, when the Lady Grey Wolves were playing their final non-district warm up before District 8-5A play starts on Tuesday.

The Lady Grey Wolves held the Lady Vikings to 36 percent (14 of 38) shooting, forcing 27 turnovers and getting seven points off those turnovers.

Shoemaker’s defense held Bryan back while the Shoemaker offense found its form after the halftime break.

Bryan was held to just 12 first half points and converted only 21 percent (4 of 19) of its shots from the field, but Shoemaker also struggled from the floor, making only 15 percent (3 of 20) of its first-quarter attempts.

Shoemaker hauled in 15 defensive rebounds to Bryan’s six offensive rebounds.

The Lady Grey Wolves broke the game open by scoring 12 straight points in the third quarter to make it 31-19 midway through the third.

“We just said keep up the energy, and push it right here,” Shoemaker guard Yeritza Valentin said. “Our third quarter is usually our weakest point so this is where we came out.”

Lady Buffs stampede boards

The Florence Lady Buffs may have had a rough outing during the opening day of the Jarrell Tournament, but Florence had the advantage in one area against Rogers.

Despite losing 65-21, the Lady Buffs did clean up the glass against Rogers on Thursday.

“We do practice rebounding and that’s one of our main priorities is rebounding and pushing the ball down the court,” senior point guard Shali Simpson said. “Hopefully that will give us a good offensive break.”

The Lady Buffs hauled in 25 rebounds to Rogers’ 20, including a 14-10 edge in the first half.

But Florence couldn’t take advantage of those rebounds since they only scored four points in the paint.

“Not a whole lot of good things to point to when you lose by 30 points,” Florence coach Drake Stanczak said. “We’ve just got to pick the intensity up a little bit.”

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