By Coach Shaun Piper
Our Girls Basketball Teams returned strong from holiday break with three wins. On Tuesday, Junior Varsity won 20-6 against Waldorf thanks to exceptional performances from the entire team: Georgia, Lucy, Zoe, Georgia, Neha, Grace, Drew, Sasha and Emily. Varsity suffered a loss, but the girls have demonstrated great growth when it comes to spacing, ball retention and footwork on offense.
The Junior Varsity Team achieved another great win against NNMS on Thursday, with a convincing performance. They notched up their highest points total so far this season, winning 36-10.
Varsity fired back with a win on Thursday. They played incredibly well, driving on offense and defending with solid play. They took the win in overtime 29-26 in what turned out to be a fiercely competitive game. Massive congratulations to Kemi, Mahnoor, Maya, Isabella, Georgia, Lucy, Neha and Zoe for their hard work and persistence.
Well done to both teams, and thank you to all the parents for your support.
By Coach James Brook
The Primary Basketball Team travelled to BISC Lincoln Park for a friendly inter-campus game. First up was the B Team match, which proved to be exciting with both teams exchanging baskets early on. It was a close match; the leader changed seven times, and neither team extended beyond a four-point lead. During the last period, the game was tied. Lincoln Park had the ball, and in an attempt to win the game, a player shot from the corner, swishing the shot on the buzzer. Lincoln Park took the game 16-14. In the second match, both schools' A Teams shined. We took an early 14-0 lead with fast-break basketball and team defense. Our extra length and height helped us secure rebounds and interceptions, leading to easy baskets. We played with added confidence stemming from a loss to NNMS just before holiday break and took a 49-3 victory.
We hosted NNMS for our first Primary basketball game of 2016. The atmosphere was electric with many parents and students in attendance. During the first half, our defense was well organized as we reduced the scoring of NNMS's best player. We moved the ball well on offense, resulting in tons of shot opportunities near the basket. Unfortunately, our effort wasn't enough to claim the win.
Junior Varsity hosted NNMS and sought to avenge their previous loss with a win at home. The boys got off to a good start and pressed NNMS into a collection of errors, which allowed us to play up-tempo. Our reserves brought much needed energy during the last three minutes of the half and reduced a 10-point lead to just four. At the start of the second half, the boys struggled to find their offensive flow as NNMS stretched their lead to 16. The team fought hard to reduce the lead, but NNMS took the win 22-34.
Varsity, with just one win under their belts this season, took on an experienced NNMS team. We worked hard on the defensive end to reduce points in the paint but lost out to second and third balls with NNMS dominating interior rebounding. Still, we never gave up and went on an 8-0 run to come within four points of NNMS. Going into the second half, NNMS stretched their lead with good team basketball and shot selection. We worked with a Bulldog attitude and a fighting spirit, but it wasn't enough to defeat NNMS.