The Scottsdale Christian Academy women’s basketball team started off the 2019 calendar year with a 10-3 overall record and played host to 3A Northwest Christian School. Ranked #3 overall for 2A in the state of Arizona, the Eagles looked to test their ability and teamwork against a big and physical Crusader squad, and in the absence of injured junior forward Heather Hancock, the challenge was to execute Coach Bob Frederick’s game plan against their larger rival.
The Eagles scored directly from the tip with a lay-up from freshman guard Sedona Nuessle, who then followed up by jumping the perimeter pass for the steal to set the tone. Stifling the Crusader offense with alert and aggressive man-to-man perimeter defense and creating steals and turnovers, the Eagles behind junior forward Jordan McDonald led and finished the break, while senior guard Kylie Hearn picked the pockets of Northwest guards repeatedly and fed senior forward Payton Kolar a steady diet of smooth entry passes inside on the run and in the half-court.
Junior forward Hayden Hancock powerfully demonstrated her increasingly effective low post defense and a cultured short corner jumper, as well as providing Kylie Hearn with an attractive target on the blocks and working hard for rebounds. Crashing the boards from senior guard Lily Snyder, freshman forward Brooke Hancock and sophomore guard Kathryn Dick provided the team with additional possessions throughout the game, as did the naked aggression in one-on-one defensive situations from senior guard Emma Kawamoto and in the trap from Kylie Hearn.
The Eagles delivered balanced scoring from the outside, with Sedona Nuessle, Jordan McDonald, and Kylie Hearn all hitting from three. The inside drive was also available and productive for Emma Kawamoto, Lily Snyder, and freshman guard Lily Richardson, while constant running and heads-up passing provided the Eagles with a comfortable margin of victory. The varsity squad will be back in action at home on Thursday night, January 10 against the ASU Preparatory Academy.
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