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Freshman Women’s Basketball Outlast Late Surge by Copperas Cove 41-34

Maddy Yendle
Commanding the floor, Olivia Ochoa ‘27 sets up her teammates and prepares for the last quarter the begin. The Lady Warriors faltered on defense in the final quarter of the game, giving up more points than any other quarter.

Taking to the court midway through winter break on Saturday, Dec. 30, the Freshman Women’s Basketball team matched up against the Copperas Cove Bulldawgs. The Lady Warriors left the day triumphantly with a sound victory, 41-34, adding a win to their record.

Starting off the first quarter on the right foot, something the Lady Warriors have prioritized through the first half of the season, Westwood won the tip-off and immediately had the opportunity to show off their offensive prowess. Violet Vara ‘27 opened the scoring for the game, displaying her offensive determination with a bucket. Chloe Hall ‘27 made the first three -point-play of the game, overpowering the Bulldawgs and forcing a timeout. Running into their huddle the Lady Warriors maintained high energy, leading 14-3 with their feet on the gas.

“[This season I want all of us to improve on] team is defense, and for me [I want to improve on] shot [selection],” Frances Cade ‘27 said.

Returning to the court the Lady Warriors kept their ambitions high and set out for another big quarter. Brynley Fell ‘27 continued the Lady Warriors offensive success, hitting a three-point-shot. With momentum in the Lady Warriors’ hands, Copperas Cove called a time out with 6:16 remaining in an attempt to slow Westwood down. However, continuing their offensive trend Ochoa knocked down a free throw, giving the Lady Warriors a 26-10 lead into halftime.

Coming out of the half with a burst of energy, and exiting their huddle chanting, the Lady Warriors continued to show their offensive skill, while keeping the ball in opponent territory throughout the quarter. With 4:45 left on the clock the Warriors had twice the Bulldawgs score, 28-14. Hall and Livia Xu ‘27 combined for a plethora of points throughout the rest of the quarter, forcing another Bulldawg timeout, and finishing the quarter up 35-23

“[Our best quarters were probably our] second and third because we got the most points, steals, and rebounds,” Ochoa said.

Hoping to finish the game as strong as they started it, the Warriors were forced on the defense, and were taken back by the Bulldawgs’ attempt at a comeback. Slowly the Bulldawgs began to creep up on the Lady Warriors, leaving Westwood fans uneasy. However, both teams were persistent, and every player on the court was engaged in their play, with the Lady Warriors determined to finish out a close game. Fortunately, the Lady Warriors left the court outlasting the Bulldawgs, and were excited to celebrate with their teammates, winning 41-34.

“[Our biggest strengths were] probably our press break because they were pretty good,” Maya Alas ‘27 said. “[Copperas Cove] randomly started pressing us towards the end of the game and we were able to adapt to that.”

The Lady Warriors will face off the Stony Point Tigers on their teacher appreciation night Friday, Jan. 12.

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Maddy Yendle
Maddy Yendle, Reporter
Class of 2026 I have always had a passion for writing and poetry, which is one of the reasons that I am elated to be a part of Student Press this year. Other activities I love are art, rewatching Gilmore Girls, listening to music, and reading.

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