Big second half carries Hawks past Edgewood, 36-26


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Viera High's Tyrese Gonzalez drives in for a layup during Tuesday night's non-district game against Satellite. Gonzalez had 11 points and the Hawks won 36-26.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

There’s nothing like a big second half to put an opponent away, and that’s exactly what the Viera High girls basketball team got Tuesday night.

Leading by one point at the half, the Hawks opened the third quarter with an 11-0 run and finished off visiting Edgewood 36-26 in a non-district game.

“I think we did pretty good on the offensive end. On the defensive end, we could have worked a little bit harder,” senior guard Tyrese Gonzalez said. “Our shots weren’t falling as much as we wanted them to. The second was pretty good, but I think we could have done better.”

Tatiana Stephens hit three 3-pointers and led the Hawks with 19 points. Gonzalez had 11, followed by Casi Ramirez with four and Jaeda Stewart with two.

Viera improved to 2-0 under new coach – and former Viera High standout – Maggie Davis.

Last year’s Viera team went 8-15.

While the Hawks did appear to struggle with their offense at times Tuesday night, the one area where they have definitely made strides is on the defensive end. Viera forced Edgewood into numerous turnovers, particularly in the second half when … after getting some halftime motivation that was more about exercise than an inspirational speech … the Hawks seemed to turn up their intensity.

“The first half, we came out sluggish. We came out flat-footed,” Davis said. “However, after a little bit of running at running at halftime in front of the fans, I think they had a wake-up call and we definitely did a lot better in the second half.

“We brought it together and picked up our intensity on defense. Our shots weren’t necessarily falling, but we didn’t start to slow down on defense because of it.”

Viera’s next game will come Monday at Satellite. The Hawks’ next home game will be Wednesday against Bayside. Both games are set to start at 7 p.m.