WSMS Girls Secure Three Wins On Future Lovejoy High School Court
The Willow Springs 7th grade girls came out on top with three wins against Wylie Cooper JH on Monday, January 28. The Lady Leopards were able to catch a glimpse of what it's like to play on the Lovejoy High School court. “The girls are being prepared offensive teamwork, skill enhancement and defensive expertise,”Coach Mary Ellen Burns said.“Making the small improvements will make the team more efficient and improve their overall play and help them to compete in High School.”
Starting off the successful night, the B team came out with a 23-14 win led by top scorer Samantha Daniels with 7 points. Other Lady Leopards that helped pull out a victory were Sara Moorefield with 5 points, Hannah Mao with 4 points, Mckenna Brand with 3 points, and Naomi Morales as well as Anna Drescher with 2 points. Although Wylie Cooper tried to regain ground scoring 4 points in the third quarter, it was no match for the Lady Leopards as they led at the half and scored continuously in the third and fourth quarter.
The A team made sure no time was wasted as they scored four points in the first 12 seconds of the game with Bethanie Wu being the first player to get the Lady Leopards on the board. Going into the second half at 14-3, the Lady Leopards showed no mercy as they scored 10 points alone in the third quarter. WSMS won their game 30-6. Top scorers included Bethanie Wu with 8 points, Anniyah Baynesnt with 6 points, Makenzie Borges with 4 points, and Brinley Ludlow, Hannah Daehnert, Cambry Patrick, Sylar Rucker, Kailey Littlefield, and Caroline Collins all with 2 points.
In the final game, the C team came out victorious with a 25-20 win after battling back in the second half. The game started with Kiera Watson scoring the first basket but being down 3-7 in the first quarter. At the half, Lady Leopards were neck and neck with Wylie Cooper 12-13. “Halftime speeches work on fixing the bugs that pop in in the first and second periods of the basketball game,”Coach Mary Ellen Burns said.“As they slowed down their approach on the court and peaked to the basket, the team started to pull together and control the flow of the game.” After halftime, the Lady Leopards scored 13 points. The C team pulled out a well-earned win with top scorers Kiera Watson with 14 points, Jelai Johnson with 5 points, Cadence Rabalais with 4 points, and Kaylee Christiansen with 2 points.