Lady Oilers avenge earlier loss to George Ranch

PEARLAND — As the Pearland Lady Oilers have begun their second round of District 23-6A competition, they faced the George Ranch Lady Longhorns who handed them their only loss in the first round 49-47.

So the Lady Oilers had a score to settle with a team they felt they should have beaten earlier in the season.

When the dust had settled at the PHS Pressure Pit, the Lady Oilers had made a statement to George Ranch and to the rest of their league foes that you need to bring your A Game in the second round as Pearland won 51-31 to improve to 18-10 overall and 7-1 in league action while handing George Ranch their first district loss (24-5, 6-1).

However, Pearland opened up the first quarter with maybe their C-Game as they had more turnovers and missed shots than they did points.

"I think we played that first quarter with a lot of adrenaline and excitement and we weren't playing with any discipline," said Pearland head coach Lauren Martens. "We played much better in the second half."

It took Pearland almost half of the opening period to get an easy layup by De Yona Gaston for a 2-0 lead.

George Ranch went on a 5-0 run and settled for an 8-6 lead after scored four more points.

The two team worked out the early butterflies and miscues in the second quarter as the Lady Oilers outscored the visitors 18-10 for a 24-18 halftime lead.

Gaston, who scored a game-high 32 points, poured in 15 of her points in the second frame as she hit five baskets and 5-for-5 free throws.

Pearland dominated the second half as the Gaston-led Lady Oilers took the third quarter 12-9 and then used a suffocating defense in the final frame to put the game out of reach 15-4 for the 51-31 district win.

Gaston got offensive help from Aryelle Stevens who tossed in 12 points.

Pearland will host cross-town cousin Dawson on Friday, January 31 at 7:00 p.m. at Pearland High School.