Young team off to bumpy start against tough competition

Senior guard Endyia Rogers (right) averaged 27 points per game in the Friars' first two contests of the season. (Photo by Preston Patton)
Senior guard Endyia Rogers (right) averaged 27 points per game in the Friars' first two contests of the season. (Photo by Preston Patton)

The new season has gotten off to a rocky start, as a youthful women's basketball team was dealt defeat by a pair of tough Metroplex squads on the road.

The season began Friday with a trip to Grand Prairie, and despite a big fourth-quarter rally, the Friars (0-2) fell short by a 70-64 score against South Grand Prairie.

Endyia Rogers had 30 points and nine rebounds, Paige Bradley pumped in 14 points to go with seven boards and Natalie Lark added 10 points. Jaida Thomas and Addison Knott had four and three steals, respectively.

The Warriors were hot from deep, connecting on 15 three-point shots, which helped the hosts open a 15-point lead heading into the final period. The Friars outscored SGP by a 20-11 margin in the fourth.

On Tuesday, it was the Friars' cold shooting and turnovers that made the difference in a 78-47 loss to Skyline. The ladies committed an uncharacteristic 31 turnovers and shot just 35 percent from the floor (16 of 46). The Friars trailed 40-32 at the break but Skyline owned a 15-6 advantage in the third and pulled away in the fourth, outpacing the Friars by a 23-9 clip.

Rogers had a team-high 24 points and three steals, Lark added eight points and Bradley had 12 rebounds to go with five points. Thomas had three steals in the contest.

The ladies will get another shot at SGP this evening in the opening round of the Colleyville Heritage Tipoff Classic, with a 6:00 pm matchup against the Warriors. The Friars will make their home debut Monday when they host Highland Park at 7:30 pm.