DOVER — When her shot couldn’t fall in the first half, Strawberry Crest senior guard Aliyah Gregory made a choice to contribute in a different way.
The talented guard, who will play for Central Florida in the fall, became a defensive nuisance for Steinbrenner, finishing with nine steals to lead her team in a come-from-behind 42-33 victory.
Gregory scored 12 of her game-high 14 points in the second half and six in the fourth quarter.
“I started real slow,” Gregory said. “My team needed me to pick it up and that’s what I did.”
Despite her shot not falling, Gregory continued to attack the basket, which resulted in her four trips to the free throw line, where she made 6-for-8 attempts.
Steinbrenner (19-3) led the entire first half but the Chargers (15-2) took a one-point lead off a Gregory jump shot midway through the third quarter.
Strawberry Crest then went on an 11-0 run spanning the final seconds of the third quarter and the first four minutes of the fourth quarter to take a six-point lead.
“We lost to them by one point last year,” Strawberry Crest coach LaTosha Lewis said. “We knew going in it would be a good game but they’re very well-coached team. I told them we would lose the first and second quarters.”
Senior Taylor Thigpen led Steinbrenner with 12 points. Steinbrenner’s leading scorer, Rachel Briere, fouled out with only two points.
“Beating Steinbrenner will put us on the map as far as state wide,” Gregory said.