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Girls hoopsters blown out by Holy Names
Bainbridge girls’ basketball coach Terry Lande knew it would be a tough task to take on Holy Names.
But even though the Spartans were easily handled by the top ranked Cougars 66-43, Lande said the players did the best they could.
“I told them (after the game) we played the best basketball we’ve played the whole season,” he said. “We had moments where we should be proud of ourselves. We played hard from the beginning to the end.”
Bainbridge had problems from the start with the press defense of Holy Names. The Cougars forced turnover after turnover to keep the Spartans’ offense from getting any sort of spark.
Bainbridge had 31 turnovers for the game.
Holy Names also turned those turnovers into points. Sophie Reichelt led the way with nine points in the first quarter while Erika Johnson had seven points. Claire Conricode connected on two three pointers as well.
Only Davi Gonzales, Wesley Nottingham and Micki Johns scored.
“That first quarter just ate us up,” Lande said. “They hit threes – we had a hand in their face – but when they’re 22 feet away and she puts them in, all you can do is wave at them.”
The Spartans did better in the second quarter, but they couldn’t stop Johnson from scoring (she had seven in the period) or get past her defense.
“Where they kill you is on their press,” Lande said. “That’s where they are so good.
“Erika Johnson is so talented and athletic,” Lande continued. “She knows where the ball is at all the time. She’s like a cobra. She just hangs out and then – boom!”
Gonzales did her best to play the role of the mongoose in the third quarter by putting up nine points. But a injury to her hand forced her to sit for the rest of the period and killed any momentum the Spartans had built.
Lande said she took a accidental scratch from someone and had to leave to get the bleeding stopped before she could return.
“She played well,” he said of Gonzales, who finished with 19 points. “When she starts to play well, everyone else plays better.”
Bainbridge outscored the Cougars 17-6 in the final quarter as both coaches utilized their substitutes.
Hannah Depew, Grace Kenyon and Morgan Moniz each scored four points while Gonzales sunk a three pointer.
Despite the loss, Lande said he sees real improvement in the team.
“We showed improvement in our zone (defense),” he said. “We started to recognize where the double team was coming... we played them tough. I couldn’t be happier or prouder of how hard they played. We won’t face a better team than the one we played.”
Johnson finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds.
Against 4A Kent-Meridian, the Spartans broke open a close game to dominate the Royals the rest of the way.
Moniz led the way with 12 points and seven assists, while Gonzales scored 11 points and had eight steals.
Depew had 10 points, six steals and three assists.
Bainbridge hosts Lakeside at 8 p.m. Friday. It’s a game that Lande said the team is looking forward to playing.
“That one is way bigger,” he said. “This is a winnable game. Lakeside is a very good team and very well coached. It should be a fun game for us.
“Rebounding and turnovers will be the key,” Lande continued. “Everything else will take care of itself, but rebounding and turnovers will be important for us.”