Friday, December 12, 2008

First Win

We got our first win last night!!! Here is my write up for the school about the game... I will try to post these every now and then to keep you updated with the team and how we're doing! I was really proud of them last night, even though at times I wanted to yank them up by their jerseys (don't worry, I didn't)! Enjoy

- 12/11/08 Game

The Girls' Varsity Basketball team captured their first win of the seasonlast night over Holy Child at home. The score was 54-47, which brings EHSto 1-1 in conference play (1-0 in the division). It was an exciting win forthe Maroon that will lead the team into the Walsingham Academy Tournamentbefore the Christmas break with added confidence.

EHS started out the first quarter strong and ran the offenses effectivelyagainst the Holy Child defense. Rachel Hurley and Kelly Wallace stepped upand were offensive threats from the outside which spread the defense andreally opened things up inside for our posts as well. Holy Child wentinto a full court press that seemed to rattle EHS the first couple possessions. But the Maroon came together as a team and regained their composure to end the half with a 6 point lead.

The Maroon kept the lead in the third quarter but Holy Child was starting to chip away at it. The fourth quarter is where the excitementbegins!! EHS' focus for the season so far has been on relentlessly doingthe things that require only effort and playing consistently throughout all four quarters. The past two games EHS has struggled with that in the fourth quarter because of mental lapses and inconsistent play. The Maroon needed to stop that tendency in order to win the game.....and that is just whathappened.

Holy Child amped up their press in the fourth quarter and the Maroonpanicked for a few minutes. Long enough to allow Holy Child to take thelead. BUT our captains, Kelly Wallace and Breanna Jones did the best job ofthe season so far, leading and bringing the team together to regain their composure. EHS recovered their confidence and recaptured the lead bybreaking the press together as a team and setting up our half court offenses. Another key to EHS' win was controlling the boards, one of our goals for the game. Mary Foran led the team with 13 rebounds andBreanna Jones tallied 11 as well! Offensively, EHS was led by Jones with 23 points, along with 7 different players scoring for the team and the guardsdoing a great job finding the open player as well as feeding the posts. Defensively, after the Maroon regained the lead, Holy Child was held scoreless in the last 2:15 of the game, which was a enormous team effort!

This was a great win for the Maroon! It was our best effort as a team andeveryone contributed on and off the court. The team showed signs of growthand grit. The game was up and down, but they never gave up and most of allthey came together believed in each other! Please congratulate the girls for a well fought game!! The Maroon's next game will be at the Walsingham Academy Tournament. EHS will look to carry this momentum with them as we travel down to Williamsburg before the break.

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