Basketball - Girls Varsity
|Date:||February 12, 2013|
|Score:||61 - 38|
The Lady Bears hit the road for an off day game on Tuesday afternoon and spent the first half wiping the sleep out of their eyes. After falling behind, the Bears regained the lead heading into the locker room but knew they would have to make some serious adjustments if they were to rightfully beat the Kingswood-Oxford Wyverns.
The lack of desire and uncontrolled frenzy that characterized the first half thankfully ended there. Though Samone DeFreese ’15 had her way in the paint all game, she exerted her dominance with smarter, more effective plays in the second half. DeFreese filled the boxscore with a double-double (25 points, 15 rebounds) and a season-high four blocks. She also shot an impressive 75% from the floor – and field goal percentage has not been a strength of the Bears this season! Hannah Cooke ’14 and Kristalyn Baisden ’15 also had big turnarounds in the second half. The tandem did a much better job of finding each other streaking down the floor, and their revived defense intensity led to far more turnovers by KO. Cooke finished the game with 15 points, four rebounds, and four assists, and her three 3-pointers were some of biggest of the game. Baisden struggled to find her shot from the outside – no thanks to the tough hometown Hartford crowd – but still finished the game with 14 points. Juniors Cam Biasin and Emmi Graebner crashed the boards hard and both had seven strong rebounds in the game. Graebner also swatted away two shots while Biasin scored five points and dished out three assists. Francesca Ghi ’14 also contributed solid minutes of the bench.
Overall, the Bears brought a completely different approach to the second half and were able to convert on the myriad of turnovers caused by their high pressure defense. The following day, the Bears hosted Canterbury for their second matchup of the season and earned another commanding victory. See the recap for details!