Duo leads Central Valley girls to upset of top-ranked Blackhawk
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Seairra Barrett knows how she would defend herself and teammate Kiana Law.
“I'd double-team us the whole game,” Barrett said. “Try to stop us.”
Blackhawk had no answer for Law and Barrett on Thursday night, as Central Valley's sensational scoring duo propelled the Warriors to a 71-61 upset of the Class AAA top-ranked Cougars.
Law finished with 31 points and Barrett 25 — 79 percent of their team's points, a dropoff from their average of 87 percent.
“It's wonderful to coach them instead of having to coach against them, because they're so dominant down low that if they get any lane, they're impossible to stop,” Central Valley coach Kim Tirik said.
Barrett finished with 16 rebounds, and Law had 13, as Central Valley (8-3, 4-0 Section 2) owned a 42-26 edge on the boards.
“We got beat up,” Blackhawk coach Steve Lodovico said. “Kiana and Seairra … obviously, we focused on them all week. They played harder than we did. They deserved to win.”
Central Valley also limited Blackhawk's Chassidy Omogrosso (Duquesne) to 15 points on five field goals, none from beyond the arc.
Bridgette Shaffer made five 3-pointers and led Blackhawk with 23 points. Courtney Vannoy had 14.
“We knew it was going to be a big game,” Law said. “We listened to what coach said, did a box-and-one on (Omogrosso), and we made it work.”
Blackhawk cut the deficit to 48-45 after two free throws from Omogrosso late in the third, but Central Valley responded with an 8-0 run to make it 56-45 on a putback from Jessica Koshinski early in the fourth quarter.
The Cougars (11-1, 4-1) got no closer than seven points the rest of the way, as Law and Barrett refused to let up.
“I feel like we're the same, athletically,” Barrett said. “It makes it a whole lot easier playing basketball. You don't have to work as hard.”
Shaffer hit three 3-pointers as Blackhawk took a 16-14 lead after the first quarter. Law controlled the second period, scoring nine of her 17 first-half points.
Her three-point play was part of an 8-2 run for Central Valley that produced a 35-29 lead at halftime.
A three-point play from Law put the Warriors ahead 44-34 midway through the third before Blackhawk scored 11 of the next 15 points.
Shortly before halftime, Omogrosso fell to the ground while chasing a loose ball and came up clutching her left wrist.
She returned for the start of the third quarter.
Blackhawk also played without senior guard Halle Denman, whose ankle injury will keep her out until next week.
Jason Mackey is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at email@example.com or via Twitter @Mackey_Trib.
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