After suffering a tough loss to Loomis on Friday, the Lady Bears set off to Watertown, CT for a Saturday night matchup against an experienced Taft squad. The Bears came out confident, focused, and determined to bounce back from the previous night. In front of a tough away crowd, the girls played arguably their best game of the season thus far and never relinquished their lead through all 32 minutes of play. Berkshire held Taft to just 16 first half points, thanks to its pace-setting full court defense, and then held off a convincing late second half run to seal a 56-53 victory. Whether it was from the front of the press to the end of the bench, every Berkshire player contributed to positive team attitude and this important win over Taft.
The scoring was rather evenly distributed among the starters. Hannah Cooke ’14, Samone DeFreese ’15, and Kristalyn Baisden ’15 were all in double figures with 13, 11, and 10 points, respectively. The two 3-pointers that both co-captain Olivia Smith ’14 and Cam Biasin ’14 knocked down were four of the biggest baskets of the game, though. With Taft clawing its way back late in the second half and Berkshire’s lead down to one possession, Smith hit a 3 from the far corner while standing only inches in front of Taft’s fans.
While the Lady Bears may have played just as hard as they had against Loomis, they also played smart and together. Emmi Graebner ’14, Francesca Ghi ’14, and Keunna Dill ’14 provided important minutes off the bench, and everyone’s defensive energy made it hard for Taft to settle into its offense. Baisden had four steals and four assists, while Cooke dished out three assists of her own. On the boards, DeFreese and Biasin battled hard against players who were much bigger than them and grabbed seven and six rebounds, respectively.
Coach Smith is extremely proud of the way his Bears carried themselves throughout the game. This game marked an important W in the win column, but it also demonstrated the composure, maturity, and intensity that this young Berkshire squad is capable of playing with. The Bears will hit the road again on Monday for a 5pm scrimmage against the Williams College JV team before hosting Canterbury on Wednesday.