On a snowy Winter Carnival Saturday, the Varsity Girls Basketball team traveled to Kent, CT to face the Wildcats for the second time this season. The Bears had handily defeated the Wildcats in their second game of the season, but they knew this would be a tough contest. At halftime, the Bears trailed by 2 and had fought their way back thanks to Samone DeFreese's two consecutive three-point plays off of Camryn Biasin '14 and Kristalyn Baisden '15 steals. The Berkshire girls had been struggling to rebound early in the game but with Biasin coming off the bench, they had begun to find a little more success. As the second half got underway, the Bears held the lead at times but still struggled to outwork the Wildcats, especially their star player. Emmi Graebner '14 played a huge role in the Bears' second half effort to climb back into the game; her hustle and desire ignited the rest of her teammates out on the floor. DeFreese and Hannah Cooke '14 showed similar desire and toughness all throughout the game. Though Baisden made all of her free throws as the clock wound down, she faded into the background far too much considering her talent and strength as a basketball player. Despite doing a number of good things on Saturday afternoon, the Bears ultimately fell to the Kent Wildcats, 46-52.
DeFreese led the Bears in scoring with 17 points, followed by Baisden, who did a great job pushing the ball up the floor, with 10 and Cooke with eight. DeFreese and Biasin each had seven rebounds, and Sarah Kinney '15 crashed the boards hard from the perimeter for five rebounds on the day. On the defensive end, Graebner had three steals and Baisden had three blocks.
The tarnishes on Berkshire's record continue to add up, but all of the losses are to strong Class A or B schools, and the Bears are still dreaming big about the playoffs.