GRIFFITH | One glaring statistic stands out in Wednesday’s Class 3A Griffith Sectional first-round game between Gavit and Lew Wallace.
The Gladiators went 0-for-10 from the free-throw line in the first 16 minutes and finished 2-for-13 overall. It was without a doubt a major reason why the Hornets advanced with a 35-27 win.
Lew Wallace (8-7) didn’t fare much better, shooting 4-for-17 from the line, but Ashanti Mays stepped up big for the Hornets. The junior forward led all scorers with 14 points and pulled down nine rebounds to give a spark to her team.
“We had confidence. We played as a team, and we made our plays,” Mays said. “We just went in there with our minds set on the game.”
Mays had all eight of Lew Wallace’s first-quarter points, providing a significant amount of offense to a team that coach Omar Vasquez said is lacking on that end of the ball.
“(Ayanna) Hunter and Ashanti are the ones who have a lot of experience playing basketball,” Vazquez said. "(Mays) brings a sense of poise on the floor. She’s a very skilled player. She can have a very explosive game. She’s a very good complement to Hunter.”
Gavit (6-13) was led by Myshaunique Loggins’ 11 points.
The Hornets will advance to play Clark, which jumped out to a 7-0 lead before routing Roosevelt 67-31 in the nightcap.
“We hadn’t really had a chance to scout them,” Clark coach Lawrence Chase said of Roosevelt. “Not really knowing what to expect was crucial in the first part of the game. The girls really stepped it up defensively, applying a lot of pressure. We got aggressive offensively, going to the basket as well as defensively.
“The defensive intensity has really picked up, as well as the team chemistry with being unselfish with the basketball.”
Anastasia Holden led Clark with 17 points and played outstanding defense for the Pioneers (7-14).
“She was going to the basket a lot, penetrating and attacking,” Chase said. “She’s capable of doing that, so she definitely picked the right time to start. Defensively, I was asking her to do a lot, so she was a little fatigued.”