Lady Oilers dispose of the Lady Sharks 54-44; Lady Rams 66-33

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Pearland senior point guard Nyah Hardy (far left) scored her 1,000th career point in the 66-33 win against the Elsik Lady Rams.

Hardy finished the game with 13 points, four rebounds, 1 assist, and two steals.

As the 2024 girls basketball season progresses, Pearland head coach Jere Adams has seen her girls get better and stronger against the district competition.

The reigning Class 6A Region III champions are showing a dominating defense, ball control, and an aggression on offense as displayed against Shadow Creek.

“Shadow Creek is an all-around good team,” Adams said. “They shoot the ball well and get to the rim. They have two big strong posts (Young and Kyndall Drones), and they really force us to work.

"I thought we closed out on their shooters and communicated well on defense. I’d like to think our energy is picking up and we’re just looking to get better day by day.”

Pearland improved to 27-4 overall and 8-0 in district while the win over Shadow Creek stretched their season winning streak as their 16th consecutive triumph. The Lady Sharks fell to 17-12 overall and 5-3 in league play.

While the Lady Oilers lost some senior leadership from last year's team that advanced to the 6A state basketball tournament, there are two freshman players that have risen to the top with outstanding play on both sides of the ball. Those two players are point guard A'zyua Blair and Shiloh Grays.

Add senior guard La'Niah Thorton, senior guard Nyah Hardy, and junior Eliece Perry and you have a great mix of youth and experience to guide the Lady Oiler to capture another league crown while set to make another deep run to the state tournament.

Both teams played pretty even in the opening quarter as the Lady Oilers edged the Lady Sharks 12-10 after the opening frame.

The Lady Oilers used an 8-0 run in the second quarter to move to a 20-10 lead before settling for a 28-18 halftime advantage over the Lady Sharks.

Pearland continued to build on the halftime lead as they widened the margin to 38-23 thanks to the fourth 3-pointer by La'Niah Thornton but the Lady Sharks weren't going away as they closed the gap to 42-30 entering the final period.

With 3:05 left in the fourth quarter, the Lady Sharks closed with 47-41 after outscoring Pearland 11-5, but could get no closer down the stretch.

The Lady Oilers closed out the game hitting 7-of-10 free throws in the final two minutes to post the final score 54-44 to remain undefeated in league play at 8-0.

Leading scorers for Pearland included Blair (21 points, 3 assists, 4 rebounds, 5 steals), Hardy (12 points, 5 boards, 2 assists, 1 steal), and Thornton (12 points, 4-of-9 3's, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 4 steals).

Shadow Creek guard Da'Niyah Lewis led the Lady Sharks with 17 points.

Pearland Lady Oilers 66 - Elsik Lady Rams 33

Pearland continued their dominance in District 23-6A action with a lopsided 66-33 win over the Elsik Lady Rams while senior point guard Nyah Hardy scored her 1,000th career point for the Lady O's.

Hardy was one of four who scored in double-digits with 13 points. Other Pearland players scoring in the game included game-high scorer freshman A'zyua Blair (20 points, 2 assists, 4 steals), freshman forward Shiloh Grays (12 points, 10 boards, 3 steals), and senior guard La'Niah Thorton (12 points, 4-of-9 3-pointers, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals).

The Lady Oilers fashioned a 17-14 lead after the opening quarter and stretched the lead with a 17-10 second quarter to lead 31-21 at intermission.

Pearland took the third period 15-8 and then blew the game open with a 20-4 final frame to post the 66-33 closing score.

The Lady Oilers are now 9-0 in district and 28-4 overall. Pearland has now punched their ticket to the post-season and can guarantee at least a share of the league crown with their next win. Pearland has a two-game lead over Dawson and can win the title outright with another win over the Lady Eagles.