The Lady Bears welcomed the Kent Lions on Saturday afternoon for the teams’ second matchup of the season. After beating the Lions in their own gym earlier in the season, the Bears were determined to hold off an attempt at revenge. The first half was slow; the Bears were ice cold from 3-point range, sacrificed too many turnovers, and struggled to effectively execute their offense. Their lackluster effort allowed Kent to gain some confidence toward the end of the first half, though Berkshire held a four-point lead at halftime. Inspired by the subs’ energetic and more disciplined play in the first half, the Bears came out of the locker room after halftime ready to put the game away. They did just that: with better decision making and continued defensive intensity, the Bears earned a 50-29 victory.
Three Berkshire players were in double figures on Saturday: Kristalyn Baisden ’15 and Cam Biasin ’14 both had 11 points, and Hannah Cooke ’14 netted 10. Rounding out the scoring were Samone DeFreese ‘15 (9 points), Emmi Graebner ’14 (5), Olivia Smith ’14 (3), and Keunna Dill ’14 (1). Though DeFreese was not as much of a scoring presence as usual, she led the front of the defense with intensity, grabbed 12 rebounds and stole the ball four times. Biasin and Graebner also had big rebounding days, with seven each, and Graebner and Smith battled hard in the paint on both ends of the floor. The girls’ passing got better in the second half, though they still had trouble finding openings in the Wildcats’ zone. Baisden, Cooke, and Graebner led the team in assists with six, five, and four, respectively.
With a less busy schedule at this point in the season, the Lady Bears must keep pushing for excellence as playoff time approaches. On Wednesday afternoon, they will host Suffield for a rematch of last year’s New England Class B quarterfinal game, in which the Bears earned a decisive victory over the Tigers.