JV Girls’ Basketball Slips Past Bowie

Julia Kurtz, Photographer

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The JV girls’ basketball team was victorious yet again against Bowie High School on Friday, Dec. 16. With a strong man-to-man defense and aggressive offense, they were able to pull through a close game with a score of 40-37.

“It feels great to win,” Archita Sivakumar ‘18 said. “Strong teamwork and great communication was the key to our win.”

The game began with the opposing team winning the tip-off and scoring two points with a layup. Immediately the Lady Warriors stepped up their game, and Jenny Todd ‘19 stole the ball and shot a three-pointer which put the Lady Warriors in the lead. With a turnover and a foul from the Lady Warriors, the Bulldogs regained their lead by managing to score six more points, thus ending the first quarter with a score of 3-9.

“We played a really tough game,” Karissa Simchick ‘18 said. “We had a lot of turnovers which gave the other team points, but in the end we pulled through.”

With tensions high, the second quarter began. The Lady Warriors were up against a zone defense. Using well thought out plays, the posts worked an alternating offensive tactic which lead to an open three-point shot from the point-guard Christy French ‘19. As the Bulldogs attempted to bring the ball down the court, Kooper Giles ‘20 blocked their pass and handed the ball to Annalise Galliguez ‘20, who scored a three-pointer. After a back and forth battle of ball possession, the Bulldogs took the lead once again with a score of 18-21.

Jumping into the third quarter, Galliguez brought the ball up the court as the point-guard. By running an offense with the post players screening for the guards, the Lady Warriors took down the Bulldogs’ man-to-man defense when Sivakumar received a strong pass from Galliguez and shot a three-pointer, increasing their lead. Galliguez continued to impress as she dove for the ball right before it went out of bounds and threw it to Sivakumar who scored two points with a layup. In the final seconds of the third quarter, Todd was fouled on, and she made both of her free throws, increasing the Lady Warriors’ lead to 32-29.

With the fourth quarter underway, the Lady Warriors continued to keep the Bulldogs’ from scoring with their strong man-to-man defense. Their defensive fight was cut short, for they received possession of the ball when the other team committed a cross-court foul. Taking advantage of this turnover, Giles pushed through the Bulldogs and scored two points. With only seconds left on the clock, Giles blocked a three-pointer from the Bulldogs, saving the Warriors from a tie. The Lady Warriors won with a final score of 40-37.

The Lady Warriors’ next game is against Pflugerville High School at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 19.