The Lady Bears rang in the New Year with a sound defeat of the Williston-Northampton Wildcats on Saturday night. The Wildcats were unable to use their size advantage, and the Bears’ stifling defense kept the game out of reach throughout both halves of play. With a score of 38-14 at halftime, the Bears held on to their comfortable lead to finish out the game despite only outscoring Williston by three points in the second half. The game ended in an important 63-36 victory for Berkshire.
Kristalyn Baisden ’15 was unstoppable from downtown, hitting five of eight 3-pointers and scoring 21 points for Berkshire. Many of her points came on second chances thanks to her strong rebounding effort (seven rebounds, four offensive), and she also dished out seven assists and grabbed six steals. Samone DeFreese ’15 was the next leading scorer with 19 points, and she also had a great night on the boards (13 rebounds, seven offensive) to give her another double-double. Hannah Cooke ’14 showed off her strengthened skills as a point guard, making good decisions and running the Bears’ offense smoothly. She chipped in nine points of her own and also had five steals. Cam Biasin ’14 struggled a bit to find her shot but was still able to add eight points for the Bears. On the defensive end, co-captain Olivia Smith ’14, Francesca Ghi ’14, and Biasin worked hard to challenge and overwhelm Williston’s players with high intensity and great execution of Berkshire’s full-court press. Emmi Graebner ’14 was welcomed back after recovering from a concussion, and she grabbed four strong rebounds. Katie Stonecipher ’15 logged some solid minutes in the second half; she played well on both ends of floor and chipped in a field goal and a free throw for three points.
Overall, the Bears played great team defense and kept the energy and pace high for the majority of the game. They fought through tired legs in the second half and were happy to snap their 3-game NEPSAC losing streak with this win over Williston. The Bears have a busy week ahead of them, traveling to Millbrook on Wednesday afternoon, hosting Loomis on Friday night and then heading off to Taft for a Saturday night showdown. Good luck!