Girls varsity basketball clinches critical win heading into post season

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The varsity girls basketball team has had a rough go of it recently, losing five of their last six games, but competing in every one of them. They currently hold a 4-8 record.

On Wednesday, Jan. 15, they fell to Wilbraham and Monson Academy with a score of 46-31, due to Wilbraham and Monson rebounding and transition play. Then, on Saturday, Jan. 18, they lost to Hamden Hall Country Day School by a score of 48-34 due to lack of energy and lots of turnovers. The following Wednesday, the girls lost again to Miss Porter’s School by a score of 65-35 due to Porter’s intense pressure throughout the game. In the girls’ most recent game, Saturday, Jan. 25, they lost to Cheshire 38-34, despite an increase in energy and execution in the second half.

Against Hotchkiss, the girls kept the game close but eventually fell short, losing by four points. In the girl’s most recent game, they demolished Westminster, winning 66-25 and putting an end to their recent losing streak.

Head Coach Quinn O’Brien talked about why he thinks the team is struggling lately. “From a technical standpoint, we have not shot the ball well so far this season,” Coach O’Brien said. “I think a few games that we have lost this year, we played as aggressively and executed on both ends as well as needed to. We just were unable to make enough shots to put the game away.” Part of the challenge is that the KO basketball team faces schools that can bring in postgraduates and teams with housing on campus, which allows them to recruit from anywhere rather than a set area. Against some of these teams, it feels almost impossible to compete. “I truly believe we can win any game we play even if the other team has a better record or historically has been a better team,” Coach O’Brien said. “You do not want to defeat yourself before the game even starts.”

Senior forward Co-captain Audrey Decker talked about what she feels the team’s strengths are. “I think we have great team chemistry; whether it’s going to UCONN basketball games together or just laughing in the locker room, we really bond well as a group,” Decker said.

Sophomore forward Linsday Bailey also commented on what the teams strengths are. “I think our team strengths are sharing the ball to find the best available shot and our team defense when we are all paying attention,” Bailey said. “I think we played the best we have so far this year in the second half of the Cheshire game, so we will have good energy going into our next game.”

There have been many standout players this year, according to Coach O’Brien. “Our senior Co-captains Angelina Masseli, Molly Jones and Audrey Decker have been greater leaders for us,” said Quinn. “Our freshmen Kameryn Perry and Jordan DiMauro have been great additions this year as well as a seventh-grader on our team, Emily Knowles, has been a very effective addition to our team as well,” Coach O”Brien said.