Guard’s second-half plays lift Lady Pirates past Lady Rangers.
By Jose Arredondo
The Lady Rangers hosted the Victoria College Pirates Wednesday in Gym 1 of Candler in a bout that included 60 rebounds, 52 turnovers and a lopsided second half.
The Pirates won 67-49. Kinesiology freshman Brittany Wallace led the Pirates with 27 points, six steals and six rebounds.
Communications sophomore Shannon Villanueva led the Rangers with 12 points and five rebounds.
“I wasn’t too pleased with my performance,” Villanueva said. “This is a tough pill to swallow.”
The Pirates led for a majority of the first half. However, the Rangers ended it on a 7-0 run, tied at 27.
“We were not executing on offense,” Pirates head coach Allison Peters said. “Not shutting them down on defense like we can.”
Wallace was the catalyst behind the Pirates’ second-half massacre.
She produced zero points in the first half, but that didn’t derail her. She sought some “spiritual” coaching, which she said earned her 27 points. “I prayed,” Wallace said.
With 7:10 remaining in play, the Pirates had the largest lead of the night, 60-40. The Rangers made a last push, cutting the lead to 15.
Wallace put the game away by forcing four Ranger turnovers.
The Rangers seek to end their slump next week as they host St. Philip’s at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Gym 1 of Candler.