January 17, 2019
By: Cassie Schmidt
The Notre Dame Green Pond girls basketball team has run through the Colonial League like a breeze. Well, not every game was a breeze I’m sure but they are undefeated.
Last night the Crusaders welcomed in Northwestern, who before last night only had one loss on their record. The Tigers entered the game at 9-1 in league play, losing to Southern Lehigh back in December. The Crusaders showing why they sit atop league easily jumping out to an 11-3 lead after the first quarter. Defense, the back bone to this Notre Dame team, was apparent in the first but not so much the second. Northwestern would make it a close one at the end of the first half. They would force ND into making 12 turnovers and a last second 3-pointer from Sydney Sevrain would make it just a 3-point game (19-16) at the break.
Defensively AND offensively Notre Dame would dominate the entire second half. Northwestern just seemed to go cold after halftime, scoring just one bucket in the third quarter. Notre Dame turned it up defensively and limited their turnovers in the second half. That, and with the help of Junior Cassie Murphy’s 30 points, the Crusaders would go on to dominantly win this one 46-29.
After last night’s victory I talked with Coach Kopp about the win, as well as still being perfect in league play. Coach said that their defense is something they take great pride in and without their defensive effort tonight, they may not have won the game. He also talked about the mentality that his team has after dominating their league thus far. Kopp said that his team isn’t satisfied with being undefeated. They came into the season with the goal of putting their team/year on the banner. While the wins and being undefeated brings confidence, the girls have higher goals and expectations for what they want to do this season.
This was just my first Crusader girls game I’ve covered so far this season, but I don’t see too many teams being able to stop Murphy and this Notre Dame team. I also am a firm believer, no matter the sport, that defense wins championships. When you can keep a GOOD team under 30 points in a game, you’re going to win the majority of them. Their upset win over Southern Lehigh this season will be the only thing to come into play come playoff time. Southern Lehigh will be hungry for revenge and sometimes that’s enough to come out on top. Everything counts come playoffs and I’m interested to see how the Crusaders will fair come February.