Islanders beat Eagles 43-33, improve to 7-7
November 30, 2012John F. Kennedy High School
Despite being outrebounded 32-29, the Islanders forced turnovers that led to fast-break points throughout the game. Point guard Crystal Pardilla led the Islanders on both sides of the court, forcing steals on defense and dishing out assists on offense.
Shayna Guerrero hit a pair of three-pointers to put the Islanders up early 14-8 after one quarter of play.
The Eagles' Tatyana Ungacta would work with her teammates in a series of give-and-go plays to keep within striking distance of the hot-shooting Islanders.
Elisha Benavente would provide a spark to keep the Islanders from running away early in the second quarter. Benavente would hit a three-pointer and sink an 8-foot jumper to bring the Eagles to within a dozen points.
The Islanders then changed their game plan and went inside to Caroline Poppe for a pair of high-percentage baskets. With the good defense and crafty passing of point guard Pardilla, the Islanders took a 24-14 lead going into the locker room at halftime.
The Islanders would stretch the lead despite good plays from the Eagles' Jessa Madrid and Meagan Schrobat. Pardilla would hit a three-pointer and two fast-break lay-ins in a decisive third quarter to pull away for a 43-33 victory.
"I feel our defense has improved throughout the season. It will help going into the playoffs," said Pardilla.
Pardilla led the Islanders with 15 points. Guerrero chipped in eight points, all in the first quarter, for the Islanders who are now 7-7 with one game to go in the regular season.
Ungacta and Benavente had 17 and 11 points, respectively, for the Eagles. Schrobat led all rebounders with 10 in a losing effort. The Eagles fell to 3-11.
-GUAM PACIFIC DAILY NEWS