Question: What’s even better than watching Gabby Gregory score most of the points for her Holland Hall basketball team?
Answer: Watching the senior standout help her teammates help her.
Gregory scored or assisted on every basket in a 21-point third quarter as the 4A No. 10 Dutch pulled away to a 54-41 win over No. 7 Victory Christian in Pinnacle Conference action Tuesday in the Holland Hall gym.
She totaled 30 points, seven rebounds and four assists as the Dutch (14-2, 8-0) swept the season series from the Conquerors (11-4, 5-2) and took a two-game lead in the conference with four to play. The Dutch (14-2, 8-0) won 52-44 at Victory Christian (11-4, 5-2) on Nov. 30 in both teams’ first game.
“I think we proved the first time that we could play with them,” Gregory said. “We played with a chip on our shoulder tonight because they were ranked so much higher, even though we had more wins and had beaten them before.”
The University of Oklahoma signee scored 30 or more for the second straight game and fifth time this season. She went over 2,400 career points on a driving layup with 4:41 left and now totals 2,403, 18th in Oklahoma 5-on-5 girls career scoring.
The best part was watching her involve her teammates as the Dutch took control in the third quarter. Gregory went 4-for-4 from the field with a 3-pointer and pitched four assists, setting up 3-pointers by Joci Lake and Tyia Treleaven.
Overall, the Dutch went 8-for-10 in the quarter, expanding a five-point halftime lead to 48-29.
“(Gabby’s) a big-time player who thrives in these kinds of moments,” Dutch coach Crystal Lawson said. “She has the mentality that she can step up and take over a game at any time.”
Lake, a sophomore guard, profited from the attention Victory focused on Gregory and scored 13 points, going 3-for-5 from 3-point range.
“I love playing with Gabby. She knows how to get everybody open and I think it’s the best I’ve seen her play this year,” Lake said.
Gem Summers scored 15 to pace the Conquerors and Ruthie Udoumoh scored 10, all in the second half after missing most of the first half with two fouls.
“Holland Hall really played well. They outcompeted us and deserved to win,” Victory coach Ryan Wakley said. “We put a lot of ability on the floor and I still have a lot of confidence in what we’re able to do, but we have a lot of work to do.”
Holland Hall 62, Victory Christian 24 (boys)
The game was close for a quarter before the Pinnacle Conference-leading Dutch started taking over.
Brock Davis scored 15 points and Kyle Hook added 14 to pace the Dutch (13-2, 7-1). Josh Udoumoh finished with eight to lead Victory (4-11, 1-6).
HOLLAND HALL 54, VICTORY CHRISTIAN 41 (girls)
Victory Christian 16 6 7 12 — 41
Holland Hall 18 9 21 6 — 54
Victory (11-4, 5-2): Summers 15, Udoumoh 10, J. Wakley 5, Carlis 4, Gilyard 3, Brown 2, B. Wakley 2.
Holland Hall (14-2, 8-0): Gregory 30, Lake 13, Orange 6, Treleaven 3, Jones-Jackson 2.
HOLLAND HALL 62, VICTORY CHRISTIAN 24 (boys)
Victory Christian 10 6 3 5 — 24
Holland Hall 15 20 8 19 — 62
Victory (4-11, 1-6): Udoumoh 8, Turk 5, Patton 4, Calhoon 3, Doctor 2, Lindskov 2.
Holland Hall (13-2, 7-1): Davis 15, Hook 14, Campbell 8, Fox 6, Lee 6, Gouldsby 4, Robinson 4, Andrew 3, Nolin 2.