Bottoms, Saunders lead girls to win over Westinghouse

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by Malik Vincent
For New Pittsburgh Courier

Allderdice came out and preserved their unmarked 17-0 City League record to claim their second-straight title over Westinghouse, 38-34, on Saturday.

They were led by Janay Bottom’s 12 points, while Lanise Sanders and Sydnee Abernathy each added nine for the Dragons.

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DRIVING UPCOURT—Allderdice’s Janay Bottoms drives upcourt against Kayla Key of Westinghouse. Bottoms scored 12 points to lead the Lady Dragons to a 38-34 win over the Lady Bulldogs in the City League championship game at Peabody.

Allderdice got down by six at halftime and their coach, Dave Walchesky, expressed displeasure in the way his team played in the first half.

“In staging a comeback, we knew we would have to trust our leaders,” he said. “That was the worst half that we’d played all year. I think it was nerves. We weren’t finishing with passes and shots. After a while, it just looked like we were spinning our wheels out there.”

Bottom realized when the second half came she would have to lead her team to the crown.

“My dad was sitting in the first row and all I could hear was what he was saying, after a while,” Bottoms said. “There were so many people and it made us so nervous. But it was when I made a couple of plays in the third quarter that helped me realize what was at stake and I wouldn’t go down without a fight.”

Shanese Nelson’s 14 points led the Bulldogs who are no stranger to the championship. Their coach, Phyllis Jones, has been to more consecutive title games than any active coach in the league. She was unavailable for comment.

(Malik Vincent can be reached at malikvincent@gmail.com.)

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