The Scottsdale Christian Eagles women’s junior varsity basketball team opened the calendar year 2019 schedule by hosting cross-town rivals Northwest Christian School on Tuesday night, January 8. The long Christmas break meant that both teams started off slowly, trading several scoreless possessions as the players renewed their acquaintance with the hardwood. Gradually the 2-1 Eagles seized control of the match under the direction of freshman point guard Lily Richardson, who directed traffic in the half court and on the break, regularly feeding hard-running fellow freshman Brooke Hancock.
The Eagles’ active defense and aggression forced turnovers, and freshman guard Savannah Cardona’s excellent defensive anticipation regularly initiated the fast break. Sophomore guard Kathryn Dick repeatedly tore open the Crusader’s defense on the drive, scoring or drawing double- and triple-teams and then feeding open teammates in the short corner. Dominant post play facing the basket and on the run from junior forward Heather Hancock and good fundamentals on the low post from freshman forward Allyson Lund led to good shots and consistent scoring.
Unfortunately Heather Hancock was knocked out of the game on a hard foul in the second half. However, as the game progressed, the junior varsity team demonstrated growing aggression, awareness, patience and maturity as the game plan laid out for them by coaches Alan Mitchell and Jacki Ortega. Given the disruptive defense, intelligent shot selection, unselfish play, strong inside success and good ball movement, the future looks bright for this group of developing young players. The junior varsity next travel down to Valley Christian on Saturday, January 12 to measure their skills against the Trojans.
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