Event Recap:The Berkshire Bears hosted a surprisingly tall Stoneleigh Burnham team on Saturday afternoon. Everyone was refreshed after having the day off from classes, and they knew this would be their final test before the Pomfret holiday tournament next week. The game was in Berkshire's hands from the opening minute and ended in a decisive 68-28 win for the home team.
Berkshire utilized its quickness and smart team play to take control of the game. The full court pressure was too much for Stoneleigh to handle, and the Bears did a much better job of capitalizing on their steals and converting forced turnovers into points. Kristalyn Baisden ’15, the free safety of the Bears’ full court press, led the team in steals with 10 and was the second leading scorer with 17 points. Classmate Samone DeFreese scored 25 points, converting on all of her free throws and shooting 60% from the field, which was particularly impressive considering the height of Stoneleigh’s frontcourt. Point guard Hannah Cooke ’14 rounded out the Bears’ players in double figures with 11 points of her own, and she also dished out five assists. Camryn Biasin ’14 battled hard on both sides of the floor, contributing five points, seven rebounds, four steals, and four assists. Co-captain Olivia Smith ’14 did a great job of stepping in for starting forward Emmi Graebner ’14, who was out with a concussion; Keunna Dill ’14 and co-captain Britt Brown ’13 (four points, five rebounds) also stepped up their games in the paint. Guards Francesca Ghi ’14, Ivey Mueller ’16, and Nicky Friedman ’15 were strong coming off the bench, and Mueller and Friedman recorded their first buckets of the season.
Coach Smith is proud of his girls for continuing to improve upon many aspects of their game, and everyone is looking forward to the New England Girls’ Basketball Classic next Friday and Saturday. The Bears will kick off the tournament with host Pomfret on Friday at 2:30pm, followed by two games on Saturday against Cushing (9am) and Tilton (3:30pm). For now, the girls will hit the books for exams before heading off to the tournament.