Pearland slips past Dickinson 37-28

PEARLAND — The game between Pearland and Dickinson girls in the opening round of the Class 6A Region III playoffs was back and forth with neither team able to get more than a four point spread for the first three quarters.

But Dickinson had to learn the hard way down the stretch after using the long ball for their offense during those three periods.

With 3:15 left in the game, the Lady Gators had a 28-25 lead in the third frame. Little did they know that the Pearland defense would go on a game-closing 12-0 run and completely shut them down despite hitting eight 3-pointers.

Pearland closed out the third period with four points to slip ahead 29-28.

The final eight points belonged to Pearland in the final eight minutes as they outscored Dickinson 8-0 with a pair of field goals and a 4-for-8 showing at the free throw line to post the 37-28 final score.

“In the fourth quarter, we put our best defenders as close as we could on them and tried to limit their looks at the basket," said Pearland head coach Lauren Martens. "We knew they could shoot, but they were absolutely on fire.”

However, Pearland was the taller team as senior De Yona Gaston led the offense with 22 points for the Lady Oilers. She got offensive help from sophomore Aryelle Stevens who added eight points.

In the final analysis, Dickinson hit 10 total field goals for the game with eight 3-pointers. The Lady Gators were 0-for-11 from the charity stripe for the game which also led to their cold shooting in the second half.

“We were trying to force a lot of things,” Martens said. “Looking ahead from here, I hope we’ll settle in. The kids that didn’t have experience coming in here now know what it’s like.

“It wasn’t pretty. Our defense kept us in the game. We just closed down on them and tried to create some scoring opportunities.”

The Lady Oilers hit 8-of-17 free throws at the free throw line with 6-of-13 in the second half.

Pearland improves to 23-10 overall for the season while the season ends for Dickinson (19-12). The Lady Oilers won the District 23-6A crown with an 11-1 mark.