With the cameras rolling and revenge in the eyes of the Suffield Tigers, the Berkshire Bears won in decisive fashion on Wednesday afternoon. The first half bordered on pathetic; few of the girls were playing to their potential and the typical Berkshire energy was simply not there. Emmi Graebner ’14 and Francesca Ghi ’14 were perhaps the only reason the Bears held a 30-16 lead at halftime, as their intensity off the bench made things happen on both ends of the floor. Freshman Ivey Mueller also contributed to the defensive intensity, but there was still much to be seen from the rest of the Bears.
The second half was a different story and much more typical of Berkshire Bears basketball. The starters came out of the locker room revived. They made the game much easier on themselves by running the floor and keeping the pressure high on defense. Graebner continued to have an excellent day, and junior Cam Biasin’s steal early in the second half was a huge spark to get the rest of her teammates going. Samone DeFreese ’15 had a vastly different second half and finally showed all of our viewers what she can do in the paint and beyond. She finished the game with 21 points, seven rebounds, and seven steals. Despite two 3-pointers apiece from Biasin and Hannah Cooke ’14 in the first half, the Bears were relatively ice cold from beyond the arc for the majority of the game. In the second half, though, they were able to capitalize on steals and find points elsewhere. Biasin and Cooke were the other two players in double figures with 10 and 12 points, respectively, and Kristalyn Baisden ’15 also chipped in eight points. Many of the Bears contributed to the rebounding effort on Wednesday, including Cooke, Biasin and Keunna Dill ’14, in addition to DeFreese.
Many thanks to everyone involved in the live streaming of the Lady Bears’ game on Wednesday. Though the Bears did not hit their stride until the second half, the Suffield Tigers never stood a fighting chance. The Bears earned a 57-28 win over the once dominant Class B Tigers, their 10th of the season and fourth straight. Next up is Westover, whom the Bears will visit on Saturday afternoon at 3pm.