Birmingham Rides Strong Second Quarter to Victory Over Louisville
The Birmingham Patriots hosted a non-league matchup against the Louisville Royals last Friday evening that coincided with its annual Christmas and Ugly Sweater themed game, with the Patriots ultimately prevailing in a high scoring affair 60-50 - which snapped a two-game losing streak after tough games against Harvard Westlake and Saugus. This game was coached by Patriots assistants Jamaal Washington and Kayla Nicassio.
The first quarter was a back-and-forth affair early, before Louisville grabbed a five-point lead and later stretched it to a 23-12 lead midway within the second. This saw the Patriots ignite their offense, as their twenty point second quarter catapulted them to a three-point lead at halftime. Birmingham would hold strong on defense in the second half, as they held Louisville to just 21 points.
The Patriots were led on the scoresheet by junior guard Dee Dee Berry with 20 points (11 of which came in the second quarter), while sophomore center Lili Martinez dropped 14 points and junior guard S’riaya Peters collected nine points. Andrea Hurtado and Taylor Westbrook for Louisville posted double digits in points with 14 and 10 retrospectively.
"She had a great performance tonight," said Patriots coach Washington when asked about Berry's output in the win. "We would've liked to keep her in the game a little bit longer, because of the five fouls on her, but other than that, she played a really great game and we hope that continues upward carrying on into the season."
As for Louisville, they will next be in action at home against La Canada on January 3 and then begin their Sunshine League slate against Flintridge Sacred Heart on January 5. When asked about anything they will prioritize within the next two weeks, Coach Monica Hernandez stated "Just our movement on offense and to not be so stagnant. But overall, I think we did a great job... we just need to work on tightening things up before the regular season starts."
As for Birmingham, they started the Jerry Tarkanian Classic on December 19 against Arbor View from Las Vegas and got the victory 61-49. Tarkanian prepped in the San Gabriel Valley for Pasadena High School, then went on to play and later coached the Lancers of Pasadena City Junior College. The Patriots will come home to compete at the annual La Canada Spartans tournament against the likes of Arleta, host La Canada, Burbank and Notre Dame on December 26-29. The first game at LC will tip-off at 4pm on December 26.