OKEECHOBEE — Osceola Middle School set a school record for defense Thursday as the girls basketball team shutout Moore Haven Middle School, 34-0.
LaFasia Smith had 22 points, 10 rebounds and six steals to lead the Warriors, (1-1). Brook Julian had five points, nine steals and five rebounds for Osceola.
Coach LeAnn Whipple said she was pretty excited about how the team played.
“They worked really hard. We struggled in our first game and this was a nice comeback for us. It was a great positive way for the second game to turn out.”
Osceola led 7-0 after the first quarter and 19-0 at halftime. The Lady Warriors held a 32-0 lead at the end of the third quarter.
Moore Haven struggled to get shots at the baskets as Osceola had 28 steals in the game.
Piper Hans had six rebounds, five points and four steals for Osceola while Ana Koivenen added five steals and two assists. Mallorie Thomas added three rebounds and two points. Makayla Moise had four rebounds and a block for Moore Haven. Araya Lennon added three steals and a rebound for the Lady Terriers.
Smith said she focused a lot on dribbling and keeping her eye on the basket and that is what made her so successful inside.
“The coach told me to take the shots up strong because I might get fouled and I can also score. I appreciate the crowd support because it shows me they support me when I’m playing,” she added.
Coach Whipple said she hoped the victory would give the team confidence that they can succeed and do well on the court. She said Smith has really been a strong player for the team and she is excited to see how good she will be in the future.
“I’m really, really proud of them. They fought for the entire game and played good man-to-man defense. We also did better on fast breaks,” she added.
Smith said the team works hard in practice and that work shows in the game.
“I’m glad that we did well today. We all worked hard and pushed each other in practice. We were proud for the good defense,” she added.
Taveon Tellech had 12 points and eight rebounds as Moore Haven won the boys game with Osceola, 35-19. It was a close game until the third quarter.
Moore Haven led 14-9 at the half. Veyon Washington had seven points and three steals for Osceola. Jordan Bradley had four points and Xavier Peterson added two points, four steals and two rebounds. Kevon Hunter had six points and three assists for Moore Haven. Kelton Hallback had eight points and three assists for the Terriers.
The Terriers outscored the Warriors 17-2 to break open the game. Denitrik Whittaker had two points and two rebounds, Braelon Pelt three steals and two points, and Cole Younger had four rebounds for the Warriors (0-2).
The Warriors are off for Thanksgiving but return to the court on Dec. 1 at Gifford and Dec. 3 at Sebastian. The Warriors next home game is Dec. 7 against Pemayetv Emahakv.
Charles M. Murphy is a staff writer for the Okeechobee News