Sports: Girls Basketball Routs Capuchino

Photo Credit: Connor Woods

Sophomore Maddy Kim takes the ball up the court on a fast break.

The Girls’ Basketball team pulled off an impressive 48-32 victory over the visiting Capuchino Mustangs on Wednesday night.

The Bears immediately pulled ahead with an decisive nine-point lead that they managed to maintain for the duration of the first quarter. Sophomore Naomi Baer laid it up with seconds left on the clock, and the Bears closed out the first quarter with a 15-4 lead.

Baer knocked down a tough shot to start off an exciting second quarter, followed directly by a basket from Capuchino. Back-and-forth shots from both teams drove M-A head coach to call a time out with three minutes left in the first half. The Bears came out of the time out strong, with three unanswered baskets from freshmen Annalisa Crowe and Sally Carlson. Sophomore Maddy Kim sunk a free throw to give the Bears a 26-8 lead at the end of the first half.

The momentum shifted in the third quarter as the Capuchino press broke down the Bears’ offense. The Mustangs capitalized on this opportunity and scored a consecutive nine-point streak to narrow the Bears’ lead to 32-18. Kim and senior Katherine Hayse managed to score at the end of the quarter to swing the momentum back in favor of the Bears.

Capuchino continued to rally with two consecutive baskets to start of the fourth, but layups from Baer and senior Erin LaPorte kept the Bears in a comfortable lead. Junior Emma Heath took to the free throw line and knocked down both shots, and sunk in another minutes later. The Mustangs tossed up a three, but the Bears had a decisive 48-32 lead when the buzzer rang.

“We started to lose control in the third quarter,” reflects LaPorte, “But we regained focus and fought back to capture our third win in league. I’m excited for the rest of the season; we have a good chance of qualifying for playoffs [which would] cap off a great senior season.”

The Lady Bears (7-8, 3-0) will host Carlmont on Friday at 6:15 and hope to continue their undefeated PAL record.