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Prep Girls Basketball Playoffs: Silverado finishes strong in victory
VICTORVILLE • Silverado girls basketball coach Tyrone Brown knew it was only a matter of time before his team took control of its CIF-Southern Section Division 1AA first round playoff game against Knight.
And once they did, the Hawks were absolutely unstoppable.
Silverado exploded on a 16-2 run over the final four minutes to record a 66-50 victory over No. 16 Knight on Saturday evening. All in all, Silverado outscored Knight 23-6 in the fourth quarter.
“I kept telling my team ‘They’re on the ropes, they want to fall, they’re barely getting to the basket,” Brown said. “I thought they were always off balance but they somehow kept making the basket. So I told our girls to just stay at it and at some point they would fall or break and it looked like it happened in the fourth.”
Silverado (18-8) had led the entire game until Knight (21-6) went on a run of its own to take a 44-43 lead at the end of the third quarter. The teams went back and forth for a bit longer and Silverado held a slim 50-48 lead with 3:45 left.
That’s when all of a sudden the Hawks began forcing turnovers left and right and scoring transition baskets at will. They scored 10 points in a 50-second stretch at one point and turned the close game into a cozy win.
“The one thing that coach Brown does really well with them is that they’re very well-conditioned,” Knight coach Danny Henderson said. “They’re team is better conditioned than our team. We can play even with them for 28 minutes and the last 4 minutes they blow us out.”
Ebony Black Smith scored a game-high 21 points to lead Silverado to victory. Twelve of those points came in the second quarter alone.
“We were a little nervous (in the beginning) so I just felt like I needed to pick everybody up and show them this was our game,” Black-Smith said of her early production.
Jazmyn Williams was also integral in the win, scoring all 15 of her points in the second half, including a pair of 3-pointers during that final run to put a dagger into Knight. She also dished out five assists.
“I think once the jitters got out it was just easier to come together,” she said. “I was pretty much nervous like everybody else, but once I was feeling it, I was on.”
Anita Romero added 10 points and nine rebounds and Jaelyn Haller had nine points, seven rebounds and six assists.
Brittani Larry scored 14 points to lead Knight, while Lavia Pratt had 13 points and 11 rebounds and Shalaunda Burney-Robinson had 11 points and 15 rebounds. Knight led only briefly during the contest, but stayed within eight points the entire game until that final Silverado run.
“Not until that fourth quarter did we start to find our rhythm,” Brown said. “One way or another they pulled it out together and we came out on top.”
Silverado has now won at least one playoff game for eight straight seasons. The Hawks host top-seeded Mater Dei in the second round on Wednesday.
Larry 14, Pratt 13, Burney-Robinson 11, Jennings 7, Justice 2, Evans 2, Broome 1.
Black-Smith 21, Williams 15, Romero 10, Haller 9, Hill 8, Shane 3.
Knight 9 13 22 6 — 50
Silverado 12 18 13 23 — 66
3-point field goals — Knight 3 (Larry 2, Jennings); Silverado 3 (Williams).
Kyle Glaser can be reached at email@example.com or at (760) 951-6274.