Girls Basketball manage fourth straight win
Nick McPhall, Reporter
The girls varsity basketball team traveled to Lincoln Park last night, topping the Railsplitters with a score of 43-19. This was the team's fourth league win, making their overall record 4-2.
The Bears start off the game winning the jump ball and Junior guard Jordan Tarrence scores the first basket, only seconds into the game. Starting off slow, the Bears finish the first quarter on top of the Railsplitters with a score 10-4.
At the start of the second quarter, Tarrence scores a deep two-pointer for the Bears, making the score 12-4. Right after, the bears force the Railsplitters to turnover the ball and Senior captain Katie Thorington, takes the ball down court to score another basket for the Bears. The bears then commit back-to-back turnovers causing the Railsplitters to score two straight baskets. With 1:21 left in the half, Tarrence scores the final points of the half making the score 16-11.
“First half was a little rough… we made a lot of silly mistakes that by the end of the year shouldn’t happen,” Thorington said. “We talk a lot about executing and that’s mostly what we talked about at halftime and controlling the pace of the game.”
According to Bears head coach Ronald Adkins, the team did not start off the first half well.
“That’s not the way we wanted to play the first half,” Adkins said. “The effort was there, it’s just the ball wasn’t going in the basket.”
Minutes into the second half, the Railsplitters managed to decrease the Bears lead only by a few points. With 5:42 left in the third, junior center Lillienn Corby pushes the ball down the court scoring a layup, making the score 18-13. Shortly after, Corby steals the ball from her opponent and scores off of a fast break giving the bears a seven point lead. Now with the Bears momentum up, senior captain Madison Hamilton is fouled during her shot, but still manages to make the basket. After Hamilton made her free throw, the Bears are now up 13-23. With seconds left in the third, Thorington makes a two-pointer as the buzzer goes off.
Shortly into the fourth, Thorington rebounds the ball and gets an assist after passing the ball to Corby for a quick layup. With only a two minutes left in the game, Sophomore Jazlyn Baker steals the ball and scores off of a fast break.
“We could have played 100 percent better than what we did,” Baker said. “We’ve beat teams like Woodhaven 50-36 and this just wasn’t our best game.”
Thorington was the leading scorer of the game with 13 points. According to Adkins, the team really proved themselves throughout the second half.
“I thought we played much better the second half. Our goal was to win by 20 points and we accomplished that,” Adkins said. “Overall, I was pleased to get a road league win, that’s tough to do sometimes.”
This was the team’s fourth straight win, their only loses of the season have been from teams not in the Downriver League. The Bears will face the Dearborn Pioneers at home Thursday, in hopes to continue their winning streak.