JAMESTOWN, N.Y. – In its final tune-up before a 3-game trip to Tampa, the Warren Lady Dragons earned an impressive 55-44 win over Buffalo’s Sacred Heart Academy.
Riley Childress scored 20 points and dished out six assists as the Lady Dragons allowed just 25 points over the final three quarters after trailing 19-13 at the end of the first. They led 25-22 at halftime, giving up just three points in the second quarter.
“We knew this was going to be a little bit of a tune-up,” said Warren coach Lisa LaVan. “We knew they were a good team. They’re athletic, they like to push and we were able to give it our best effort and came away with the win, so we’re excited about that.”
Warren (5-0) also got a double-double from Emma Ruhlman with 10 points and 13 rebounds, while freshman Alana Stuart came off the bench to score 10 first-half points and 12 for the game.
“Stu’s really starting to figure it out and she’s putting it all together,” LaVan said. “She knows the game and has been around our program a long time. Lindsay (Madigan) and Lyss (Farr) gave us great minutes off the bench too. The three of them have been really stepping up.”
Warren led by as many as 12 in the second half, never trailing after halftime.
Gracie Ruhlman added seven points for the Lady Dragons, while Farr netted four points and Sam Ruhlman two.
“Yeah coach wasn’t too happy about 19 in the first quarter, shot clock or no shot clock,” LaVan said. “I was really pleased. We like to mix up our defenses and we started mixing it up and found some stuff that worked and really stuck with that.”
The Lady Dragons begin in the Tampa Bay Christmas Invitational on Wednesday against host school Seffner Christian (10-2) at the Wiregrass Sports Complex. They are part of the Siesta Key Beach bracket that also includes Lakewood (Fla.), Faith Christian (Fla.), Fort Myers (Fla.), Millington Central (Tenn.), Kaukauna (Wis.) and Science Hill (Tenn.).