ESTERO – One day after having its title hopes dashed, Steinbrenner rallied through a rough first quarter to knock off Lehigh, 57-41. The win captured the Warriors a third place finish in the Pearl Division for the Queen of The Palms Tournament.
Warriors junior guard Baylee Hooker, who was named to the All-Tournament team for the first time in her high school career, finished with 20 points and nine rebounds for her team.
“All tournament team was a huge honor and its awesome to get a recognition like that,” said Hooker. “Winning third of course was bitter sweet. We had to take a tough loss and put it behind us in order to be mentally ready to win third.”
The Warriors had to fight off the Lightning’s speedy offense in the first quarter where they fell into a one point deficit, but the team used its defense and powerful scorers to runaway with the game in the second half.
Hooker says Steinbrenner Head Coach J.R. Allen gave the team a goal of coming out with only one loss and the team responded well.
“(Allen) gave us a goal of not losing two games in a row this season and that put good pressure on us going into the game verses Lehigh,” said Hooker.
The Warriors didn’t let up the pressure in the second half, as they would
outscore Lehigh 25-12 in the third quarter, only letting the Lightning get close in the fourth.
Steinbrenner sophomore Olivia Unger finished with 11 points, a career high and freshman Rachel Briere had six points and seven rebounds to seal the victory.
Lehigh was led offensively by Shay Parson with 19 points and Maniesha James, who had 10 rebounds to go along with her 14 points.
Jeff Odom / Oracle Sports Editor