Dec. 17, on the road at the 6th Annual Skyview Winter Classic, the Westminster ladies basketball team couldn’t overcome a second-half surge of the hosts, Skyview (6-1), in the 55-48 defeat. The …
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Dec. 17, on the road at the 6th Annual Skyview Winter Classic, the Westminster ladies basketball team couldn’t overcome a second-half surge of the hosts, Skyview (6-1), in the 55-48 defeat.
The opening frame went in favor of the home team, as the inside game of the Lady Wolverines bothered Westy’s flow around the basket on both ends of the court as they trailed 14-9.
In the second, however, behind a disruptive defensive effort and a staggering full-court press, the Lady Wolves found offense through their defense, outscoring the home team 14-6 en route to taking a 3-point halftime advantage. Headlining the pressure, senior Jada Parsons and sophomore Marina Boltz had their way, as Boltz also led the team with 10 points in the opening half.
“You better watch out for No. 0,” Westminster coach Jeff Dennis said after the game of Boltz. “She’s getting better day by day. She doesn’t take an offseason, she continually grinds. She’s a model student, she’s a model athlete, and I couldn’t be more proud of that young lady. She is going to have a heck of a career here.”
Contributions off the bench from sophomore Lauren Graves Bonilla and junior Alesia Grimaldo also helped propel the defense into fast-break contributions in the second quarter. Still, Westy couldn’t find that same elevated tenacity in the second half as Skyview settled down.
“When the girls rotate (defensively), they trust each other and do their jobs it’s a beautiful thing to watch,” Dennis said. “I think we got a little tired and we may have gone to our starters a little too long, we got a little gassed, and ran out of juice in the second half.”
After speeding up Skyview the duration of the second, the third is when the Lady Wolverines beat the press to gathering easy layup opportunities to regain the lead at 33-32. Thanks to junior Thalia Guardiola finding her groove after being held scoreless the first 16 minutes of the affair, the athletic guard ended the frame with six points.
In the fourth, the Skyview lead swelled to 44-34 with 3:45 remaining before Westy made one final run. Cutting the edge to just five two minutes and 15 seconds later, the pressure turned to Skyview, and they capitalized.
Tallying seven points down the stretch, the late comeback attempt for the Lady Wolves fell short as they were handed their third defeat of the year.
“I think our big takeaways from this is we have to do a better job of boxing out early on, initiating contact. We are never going to be the biggest team in the gym, and we know that so we have to put some butts in guts, force the officials to make calls because when we get lazy, and we just go up (for the rebound) vertically, we are going to lose,” Dennis said.
Leading the way in scoring, Boltz tallied 17 as senior Valerie Gallegos, and Parsons followed with 11 and six, respectively.
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