Game 12

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October 21st, 2013              

    After a tough defeat to the Linden Eagles the first time these two teams met, the Bronchos were looking for a little revenge today. In the last game teams were allowed to play full court pressure defense for the first time all season, and Linden came out playing that defense to near perfection as Holly was unprepared. Despite facing some atrocious refereeing and the pressure defense, the girls kept that game close before finally succumbing to a 19-18 defeat. Today's game was expected to be another battle, as all Holly-Linden games tend to be. Fortunately the Lady Bronchos came out ready to play, jumping out to an early lead and holding on to it for an 8-0 lead after the first quarter. The widened their lead heading in to halftime, holding a 16-1 lead. The girls continued to play hard in the second half, handling everything that Linden threw at them, widening their lead once again to 25-5 after three quarters. The girls never let up today, and by the time the final buzzer had sounded they had a resounding 32-9 victory under their belts. The win left the girls with a 7-5 record on the season, which likely should have been 8-4 or even 9-3 had they had some better luck with rebounding and shot making in a couple of their games.

    Samantha had one of her better games today, getting back to her usual rebounding, stealing, ball handling self after a few off games. For the first time all season she wasn't in the center circle for the opening tip off, which I am sure didn't hurt her feelings any! She did manage to score 2 points, and probably should have had more as she missed a couple layups and 2 free throws as well. All of that was made up for by her pressure defense, as she managed to steal the ball quite a few times (which led to her layup attempts, some of which were contested, which explains the misses). She also rebounded well today, despite being undersized at the center position by quite a bit.

Game 12 - vs. Linden Middle School

Samantha dribbling the ball up the court after securing a rebound.

Sam shooting a running jumper in the lane.

Sam coming up with a loose ball in the lane.

Sam dribbling the ball...

...right down the lane...

...and shooting a layup.

Sam driving around her defender.

Sam battling for a loose ball with an opposing player.

Sam taking a jump shot.

Samantha driving towards the lane.

Sam going for a rebound on a free throw attempt.

Sam watching the ball as her teammate attempts a free throw.

Sam battling two opposing players for the ball...

...and nearly coming away with it...

...before being tied up, forcing a jump ball.

Sam inbounding the ball to her teammate.

Sam getting fouled on a layup attempt.

Sam preparing to shoot a free throw.

Sam driving towards the basket once again.

Samantha and her teammates getting congratulations from their coach after checking out of the game for the last time.

The final score for today's game was a 32-9 victory for the Bronchos in their final 7th grade game.


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