The Lady Bears traveled to Pomfret School to kick off their holiday vacation in the New England Girls Basketball Tournament. The Bears faced three tough Class B competitors in Pomfret, Cushing, and Tilton, all of which made it to postseason play in the 2011-2012 season.
In the first game against Pomfret, the Bears battled hard but ultimately were beat at their own game. They surrendered too many rebounds and loose balls to the Griffins, and despite settling into their rhythm late in the first half, could not pull off the win. Hannah Cooke ’14 had her best game of the season, scoring 21 points and shooting a whopping 80% from the field. Samone DeFreese ’15 was the next leading scorer with eight points, followed by Kristalyn Baisden ’15 with six. Camryn Biasin ’14 grabbed nine boards and DeFreese had seven of her own. The final score was 43-50 in favor of the Griffins.
On Saturday, Berkshire was looking to improve upon their performance in the early bird game against Cushing. Unfortunately, the Bears continued to struggle with turnovers and were bothered by Cushing’s pesky backcourt. DeFreese had some nice moves near the basket to earn 15 points for Berkshire, while Baisden had nine points, including two more 3-pointers (five total in the tournament). Biasin continued to excel on the boards with 10 rebounds, and DeFreese’s 12 gave her a double-double for the game. Keunna Dill ’14 played well for the Bears and had six points to go with her impressive pressure defense. If the Bears had played as hard as they had in the final 1:30 of the game, the outcome may have been different; they lost 41-53.
In their final game of the tournament, Coach Smith asked the girls to do one thing: come out and play hard. They did just that for the very beginning of the first half, closing out on Tilton players and keeping the pressure high. Running out of steam, the Rams overtook control of the game and ran away with it. Though the Bears were able to bring the game within 20 points and end the game with a 51-70 loss, Tilton’s lead stretched to 30 at times. DeFreese had her best game of the tournament with another double-double (24 points, 14 rebounds). Baisden was the only other player in double figures for points (10), and Biasin had seven points and nine solid rebounds. Nicky Friedman ’15 played well in her few moments in the game and got a basket of her own in the closing seconds.
Ultimately, the Bears are looking forward to a restful holiday break with their families after learning a great deal about their status in Class B New England last weekend. They will reunite in Maine the day after Christmas for the Mustang Classic at CMCC.