Glades Day and Okeechobee girls basketball battle

OKEECHOBEE – The Okeechobee High School Lady Brahmans basketball team defeated the Glades Day Lady Gators 33-11 on Dec. 19 in Okeechobee, thanks in part to a huge 21-point first quarter by the Lady Brahmans.

Glades Day had trouble piercing the Okeechobee defense throughout the first quarter, and at the same time the Lady Brahmans were able to consistently hit their shots against the Lady Gators defenders guarding them.

The Lady Gators were finally able to get on the board in the second quarter thanks to three free throws and a big three-point shot by GDHS Arielle Harvey in the final minutes of the first half.

Lady Gator Joy Sweet passes the ball over the heads of Lady Brahmans Caylie Huff (center) and Brianna Johnson (right). Photos by Richard Marion.

Still, that left the Lady Gators trailing 26-6 at halftime.

Glades Day had a small rally in the third quarter, scoring five more points, but clutch shots by Lady Brahmans Adryauna Baker and Karey Gopher let Okeechobee keep pace with the Lady Gators. And although Arielle Harvey had another three pointer in the fourth quarter, Glades Day just wasn’t able to overcome the deficit they fell into in the first quarter.

Glades Day coach John Holman gave credit to the Lady Brahmans and their coach Jovanny Torres for the win and says his young team is looking to gain more experience on the court.

“Our goal now is to rebuild,” said Holman. “We have a young team this year. We have to keep playing hard, as long as we play tough and hard for all four quarters we’ll be in the game.

The Lady Brahman defense was instrumental in keeping Glades Day scoreless in the first quarter. Photos by Richard Marion.

Tonight we gave up 20 something points in the first quarter, but in the second quarter Okeechobee only put up five points. If we would’ve held them back in that first quarter, we’d be looking at a much closer game.”

The Lady Gators will get another shot at the Lady Brahmans when they play again in the new year on Jan. 17.

Okeechobee will play open the near against the Moore Haven Lady Terriers on Jan. 7 at Okeechobee High School. While the Lady Gators seem to be still coming together as a team, the Lady Terriers have shown that they are capable of playing as a more cohesive unit.

Led by Moore Haven senior Caroline Sweat who leads the team in scoring this season with 152 points scored in nine games so far. Sweat also leads the team in steals with 42, followed by fellow senior Burgundy Pierce who has 41. Pierce leads the team in rebounds with 77.

The Lady Terriers should be a good test for a young Lady Brahmans team that skews young.

Okeechobee’s most experienced player would be OHS junior Alkeecia Clayton, who has operated in something of a player/coach role for head coach Torres this year.

Tipoff for Okeechobee and Moore Haven is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Jan. 7 at Okeechobee High School.

Lady Gator Sumaya Brown watches as Lady Brahman Abigail Kerestes tries to stop the ball from going out of bounds. Photos by Richard Marion.

Richard Marion is a staff writer and photographer at Lake Okeechobee News and can be reached at rmarion@newszap.com.

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