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By Charles M. Murphy
Savannah Houle had 16 points and Dakira Lawrence added 12 points as the Fort Pierce Cobras defeated Okeechobee 73-54 in a foul plagued contest Monday night at Okeechobee High school.
The Lady Cobras shot 42 free throws in the first half alone and Okeechobee had four girls foul out in the contest.
Fort Pierce improved to (4-3) while Okeechobee fell to (1-6).
Taylor Trent led Okeechobee with 22 points as she shot (8-20) from the field. Cheyenne Nunez had a strong game as well with 19 points. Trent and Nunez shot a combined (14-32) while the rest of the Lady Brahmans shot (3-27).
The first half was competitive as the Lady Cobras took a 15-14 lead after the first quarter. Trent had two threes, Nunez a three pointer and three free throws and Shytria Ash added a bucket inside to keep the Lady Brahmans in the game.
The Cobras outscored Okeechobee 18-7 in the second quarter as Nunez went to the bench with three fouls and they continued to get free visits to the charity stripe. The Cobras led 33-21 at the break.
Cobras Coach Sophia Witherspoon said her team was very disciplined in the first half as they constantly attacked the basket and followed the game plan. She said things changed a little after halftime, “In the second half we went away from our game plan and got a little complacent. Okeechobee doesn’t have a lot of experience but I think they’ll be very good in the future.”
Okeechobee played another strong quarter in the third as they only outscored by one point, 20-19. The Cobras got the ball inside and got a lot of easy buckets against the foul plagued Brahmans. Trent and Nunez continued to hit some fast break points and a few outside jumpers to keep OHS in the game.
Okeechobee was able to cut the lead to seven points on two occasions in the fourth quarter, the last at 53-46. The Cobras then finished off the game with a (20-8) run.
Witherspoon said when her girls were disciplined and patient and ran plays from their system, they were rewarded, “For the most part we have to be disciplined. We really stress that with the girls. For the most part were glad to come out of here with a win but we still have a lot of work to do.”
Ash had five points and nine rebounds, Baylee Farless pulled down seven rebounds, and Sha’Dajia Williams had five points and five rebounds for OHS.
Future home games for the Lady Brahmans include dates with South Fork on December 3, Port St. Lucie on December 11th and Jensen Beach on December 15th.
Sports Cast for November 25th:
Savannah Houle had 16 points and Dakira Lawrence added 12 as Fort Pierce Central defeated Okeechobee 73-54 in girls’ basketball action last night. Okeechobee had four girls foul out in the game and the Lady Cobras shot 42 free throws in the first half alone. Taylor Trent had 22 points and Cheyenne Nunez added 19 points for Okeechobee. Cobras Coach Sophia Witherspoon says her team took what Okeechobee gave them at the charity stripe.
Okeechobee pulled to within 7 points twice in the fourth quarter but got no closer in the game as they fell to (1-6) on the season.
Moore Haven girls’ basketball defeated Hialeah Education Academy 49-2 Monday and lost to Marco Island 55-40 on Friday. The boys’ team defeated Hialeah Education Foundation 33-25 and lost to Marco Island 60-58.
Brahman boys’ soccer lost at South Fork last night 1-0.
On the sports schedule tonight, Brahman boy’s hoops host Martin County with JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7 pm.