By Bill Bray
CLYDE – It was a mid-range jumper by junior varsity player, Sara Gross, that got a positive comment from coach Juan Vela Friday night during a 60-34 non-conference win over the Clyde Lady Fliers. “Sara Gross was my highlight,” Vela said following the lopsided win in the Hangar at Clyde High School.
Gross’ jumper put an exclamation point on a 26-point dismantling of the Lady Fliers.
Vela was not, however, overly thrilled with his varsity starters and their overall performance.
As the first half ended the Giants held a 25-21 lead. “I think that if we are playing our best basketball in the first game of the season, then I think It will be a long winter,” Vela said.
The second half was squarely placed on the shoulders of two players, that being Destiny Robinson and Carma Johnson. “My two captains should have the game on their shoulders,” Vela said of Robinson and Johnson. “They have both worked extremely hard in the off season and they take a lot of responsibility when we win and when we lose.”
Johnson drained a pair of threes and Robinson nailed a third ‘tre’ as they Giants, behind their co-captains, began pulling away from the Fliers. At the end of the third quarter, it was 38-29.
The Ladies put the game away in the fourth with 22 points to their credit. Ironically leading the way during the period was non-starter Jasmin Heidelburg who scored all six of her points off the bench.
Destiny Robinson (11)
NOTE: The Ladies played without the services of senior veteran Janiah Holmes. Her coach was not pleased for her reason for being out of action. It appears Holmes took part in the Powder Puff football game a few weeks back and sustained a concussion and broken nose during the contest. “I don’t want my basketball girls ever playing i
n the Powder Puff game again,” the coach fumed. “It was the reason a very good athlete has had to sit out of the game she loves for a few weeks as well as miss the first game of her senior year.”