The SCA Middle School Varsity Girls traveled down to Tempe to take on the Christ’s Greenfield Lutheran squad on Tuesday evening. SCA jumped out to a big lead behind the press, the effectiveness of which was magnified by the miniature court at Gethsemane Church School.
In the compressed space, the driving of Lily Richardson (#21) and long-range shooting from Natalie Scherzer (#23) piled up the points as Sedona Nuessle (#32) collected steal after steal and converted these opportunities into scores. The smaller and less experienced Christ’s Greenfield team could not compete with the pressure and good perimeter ball movement, and with the introduction of Daphne Garland (#40), the defensive pressure and frequency of good jump shots inside only increased.
Ana Faustinos (#50) and Allyson Lund (#20) continued the positive trend of forcing turnovers and moving the ball well to beat the zone, and Trinity Sloan (#34) added to the scoring threat on the drive. Baylee Tobin (#24) saw several good opportunities inside, picked up loose balls on both ends, and visited the free throw line, enabling the Eagles to shut out their opponents in the first half.
The second half saw Brooke Hancock (#22) lead off with an alert steal resulting from good defensive positioning, Renee Chester (#3) knock down the outside jumper, Sedona Nuessle to showcase her left hand on the break, and Sophia Lane (#42) score from the charity stripe. Lily Richardson, Sophia Lane and Daphne Garland showed good anticipation to steal poor passes, and then some loose passing from SCA led to opportunities for Christ’s Greenfield to finally get on the scoreboard. Overall, however, this game provided the best demonstration of passing of the season from SCA, and the Eagles closed out the game against their over-matched opponents without any true concern over the outcome.
The Eagles will take a week off for out-of-state field trips before the final two regular season games and the excitement of the VCSL playoffs to close out the month of April.