Basketball - Girls Varsity
vs. Loomis Chaffee
|Date:||January 10, 2014|
|Score:||Berkshire 47 - Loomis 53|
The Berkshire Bears traveled to Loomis Chaffee for a Friday night matchup against the Pelicans. The girls were looking to make a statement against a strong NEPSAC Class A team, and they were poised for a strong game from the time they took the floor. Sarah Kinney '15 was charged with the difficult role of shutting down Loomis' all-star and leading scorer. Kinney, who was backed up by freshman Maddy Biasin, embraced her assignment for the night and did an outstanding job of limiting the Pelicans point guard to just 9 points. Despite Kinney's lockdown defense and strong offensive performances courtesy of Hannah Cooke '14, Samone DeFreese '16, and Kristalyn Baisden '15, the Bears were unable to come away with the win. They trailed 20-31 at halftime, after getting within four and then allowing a Pelican 7-0 run. In the second half, the Bears gained the lead toward the end of the game, but unfortunately, the game slipped away in the final minutes as the Bears succumbed to the Pelicans pressure. The final score was 47-53.
Cooke led all scorers with a season-high 18-points (four 3-pointers), in addition to dishing out four assists. DeFreese was the only other Bear in double figures with 16-points, and she also had seven rebounds and three steals. Baisden chipped in only eight points, but her presence on court was strong as she directed the Bears' offense. She, too, dished out four assists. Kendall Smith '14 and Emmi Graebner '14 battled on the boards with the Pelican post players, and both had a great game on defense.
Despite the loss, the Bears should be proud of their effort and intensity on both ends of the floor. With less than 24 hours to rest, the Bears hosted Taft on Saturday afternoon of alumni weekend. See the game recap for more details!