Thursday, January 10, 2013

More on Wash High's girls

When Washington High School girls basketball coach Mike Maltony says it's been a different player every game for the Prexies, he's not just spitting out one of the overused phrases in all of high school sports.

During the Prexies' last three games, four plays have been in double figures. Check this out:

12/28 48-33 W South Side Beaver -- Alyssa Wise 19, Taylor Ellis 14
1/5 46-40 W Avella -- India March 13
1/7 37-31 South Side Beaver -- Mya Gordon 14

"It really has been several players," Maltony said.

So it has.

And a bit of defense.

Those three games work out to 34.7 points against. For the season, Wash High is giving up 38.3 per contest -- No. 2 in the section behind McGuffey's 36.5.

"The defense has really stepped up," Maltony said. "As you can see by the low scores, we’ve been holding teams down into the 30s."

More will be needed, too. Wash High hosts McGuffey (4-0, 10-1) tonight in a key Section 5-AA matchup -- could force a first-place tie -- and the Sammie Weiss-led Highlanders are averaging 71.6 points per game.

Wash High has also done a nice job late in games. Against Avella, the Prexies trailed by three at halftime but outscored the Eagles, 20-13, in the second half. The second South Side Beaver game featured a 17-11 scoring edge for Wash High in the final period.

The young Prexies have done a nice job weathering the loss of Andrea Sharp, who tore her ACL during 53-42 loss at Peters Township on Dec. 10 and is out for the season. Freshman Tajah Gordon has given the team quality minutes. So, too, has classmate Mikala Maltony.

"We just want to keep the ship righted," Mike Maltony said. "We want to keep building on what we’ve been doing.

"Tonight will be a good test for us. McGuffey has been running the table on a lot of teams lately, but I think if we play a well-disciplined game that we’ll have a good shot."

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