The Lady Bears traveled to Millbrook on Wednesday afternoon to kick off their stretch of five games in eight days. From the opening tip-off, the Bears dominated with a strong full court press, tough defense, and a disciplined offensive attack. After barely allowing Millbrook past half court and leading by 35 at halftime, Berkshire came away with a 58-18 victory. Though the score was not close, Coach Smith encouraged his players to remain in control and focused, and the girls worked hard to improve upon their game and gear up for a challenging weekend.
Starters Samone DeFreese ’15, Kristalyn Baisden ’15, Hannah Cooke ’14, Cam Biasin ’14, and Olivia Smith ’14 set the tone early on with their stifling full court press. DeFreese led the scoring effort with 23 points, many of which came off assists from Baisden (7), Cooke (6), and Biasin (5). Baisden and Biasin each chipped in nine points, while Cooke and Emmi Graebner ’14 both scored six points for the Bears. On the boards, DeFreese and Biasin each grabbed eight rebounds, many of which were offensive, and fellow post players, co-captains Smith and Britt Brown ’13, did a great job boxing out any viable rebounders from Millbrook.
Overall, team defense was the name of the game. Berkshire’s thirty total steals, including 10 from Baisden and six each from Cooke and Biasin, kept the game entirely out of reach and allowed the bench players to see some good minutes.
The Bears have a huge weekend coming up, starting with Friday night’s match up against Loomis. Game time is 6:30pm on Duryee court!