When all else fails, get the ball down low.
That was mantra stated by the Sherman Huskies, as starting posts Katie Poirier and Janet Guzman combined for 23 points and 17 rebounds to lead their team to a 40-35 victory over Nixyaawii Friday in a Big Sky Conference girl’s basketball showdown in Moro.
Before their outburst, the Golden Eagles used the first three quarters to inch ahead by a 30-23 margin.
In the decisive fourth period, the Husky defense amped up its effort level and the offense broke free for a game-changing 17-5 spurt to slam the door shut.
“The girls really stepped up their defensive intensity,” Sherman coach Steve Kaseberg said of the fourth quarter. “They did an excellent job holding Nixyaawii to one shot, blocking out and rebounding, which got us into our transmission. The girls aggressively attacked the rim and as a result, we either got layups or went to the foul line.”
Poirer led the Huskies with 12 points and eight rebounds, and Guzman tacked on 11 points and nine boards.
Senior point guard Andie Harrison moved the offense and chipped in nine points and nine rebounds.
Charlotte Barkley had a game-high 18 points to lead the way, and Ronnie Sampson tallied six points.
“(It was) an exciting win for the Lady Huskies tonight,” Kaseberg said. “This game was about runs and we had the last run to put us on top.”
With the win, Sherman (9-7 overall, 3-2 league) moves into sole possession of second place in the Big Sky West Division.
The Huskies had Saturday afternoon off, but they host Arlington for another league matchup at 6 p.m. Tuesday.