Gretna girls' basketball

Sonio Mora goes for a steal during a recent game against the GW Lady Eagles from Danville. 

The Lady Hawks opened their second week of play versus 4A George Washington High School Eagles.   

The Eagles had previously lost close games to other county schools, but the Hawks knew they would be in for a tough battle at GW. 

The game started out as a battle. However, the Hawks were able to pull away with a 54-32 point win. 

All scores were led by Hawks Junior Ty’Nasia Witcher with 19, followed by Junior Makeyla Mease with 18, and then Sophomore Ashiah Glass with 11.

The Eagles had one player in double digits, Curtasja Brooks with 10.

The Hawks jumped out to big first quarter lead 19-10.

“We just recently incorporated our press, and unfortunately, we missed some assignment,” Head Coach Herb Daniel said. “I think the more we do it, the more proficient we will become, and assignments will be second nature and muscle memory.”

Defensively, the Hawks were led by Senior Sonia Mora who had six steals, three deflections, five rebounds and as the point guard five assists with 2-points.

“I think she is going to be a special player once she begins to understand the system and begin to settle in,” Daniel said. 

Makeyla Mease had three steals, eight deflections, five rebounds to go along with her 18 points.

“We count deflections because they generally lead to a live steal with normally leads to an opportunity to score,” Daniel said. “Makeyla is one of our most active players on both sides of the floor” 

The leader and scorer on the floor Witcher, had six rebounds, three assists and one steal to go along with her 19-points.

“Even though she clearly fills up the stat sheet, she does things to turn momentum,” Daniel said. 

An example is the Hawks had 12 to 13 point lead all game but needed the backbreaker. It came in the fourth quarter when Mease gathered a steal and pushed the ball full court, finding Witcher who give the ball back with a great wrap-around behind-the-back pass back to Mease for the basket. 

The crowd went wild and quickly after that the Hawks added two more quick baskets to put the game out of reach.

“Senior Madison Walker could be thrown in as a potential defensive player of the game as well with eight rebounds, three steals, two deflection and a block, Coach Daniel said. “Madison is going to always show up on defense for the team, she is a very unselfish player.” 

The Hawks also got two-points from Senior Natavyia Clark and Sophomore Zeniah Hunt. 

The Hawks will played three games going into the Christmas break, district opponent Nelson County on Tuesday, GW Wednesday and Patrick County on Friday (all home games).

The Lady Hawks will play in the Halifax Christmas Tournament, they will take on the host team on Dec. 27 at 6 p.m. and then the winner or loser the Person County, North Carolina and Bluestone the following day at either 4:30 or 6 p.m., depending on win or loss.

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