December 12, 2018
By: Erica Rose
Before the game even started Tuesday night, it was evident that height favored the Bethlehem Catholic girl’s basketball team when they welcomed in the Freedom Patriots, but when the game started you wouldn’t have been able to tell. The Patriots opened very strong. They stuck to the game plan and clearly caught the Golden Hawks off guard. With their largest lead at 16-6 early in the second quarter that came off of a 10-0 run, all seemed to be going right. The team was forcing turnovers and clearly were the better team.
But then the second half started. The Golden Hawks knew they had to make halftime adjustments and they did just that. It started with cleaning up their defense. That came when they turned off the press. The aggressive “D” led to too many fouls in the first half, as the Hawks were constantly reaching in. They also stopped turning the ball over, and finally started using their height to their advantage. Beca ended up outrebounding the Patriots 37-21 overall, and 18-6 in the second half. When you combine all of those aspects of the game it will obviously allow for more opportunities on offense, which in fact it did. The Golden Hawks ended up going on a 13-2 run, finally taking their first lead of the game with 3:43 on the clock in the 3rd quarter. Freshman Kourtney Wilson found her rhythm in the second half finishing with 13 points, but senior Julia Zambo and junior Jaleesa Lanier contributed 8 and 9 points respectively. Six of Zambo’s eight points came in the 3rd quarter. From here the Golden Hawks went on to extend their lead and although the Patriots were technically still in it, down 34-30 at the end of the third – it didn’t feel like they were.
Beca wasn’t the only one who looked like a different team in the second half. The Patriots did as well, but for the wrong reasons. They were tentative and really went cold, only scoring 11 points in the half, 5 in the 4th quarter. Although it is a disappointing loss for the Patriots the positive is that it was one of the first games of the season. There is still a lot of basketball left to be played. The positive for the Golden Hawks is the fact that the team was able to adjust so well and make the changes needed at such an early point of the year.
It will be interesting to see what happens in their next meeting on January 29th.