PHOTO: Senior Cristina Oliva attempts a three pointer against heavy Woodcreek defense.
By Paige Ochoa,
Though the score seemed promising in the first half, the Davis High women’s basketball team could not pull off a win at home against Woodcreek on Feb. 1, losing 46-37.
Whether it was due to the steals and fast breaks, the turnovers, the cross-court passing, the game started off strong but came to a startling halt in the second half.
Both Davis and Woodcreek came out firing. At the end of the first quarter the score was a tight 15-14, with Davis in the lead and senior guard Cristina Oliva already accounting for seven of her nine points for the game.
Both guards, sophomore Lily Hessl and junior Surina Beal, looked past the loss to acknowledge the positives, like their team’s quick start.
“We had really great ball movement in the first half,” Hessl said.
Scoring 25 of their total 37 points in the first half, it was obvious the Devils came out with a bang on both offense and defense. They were not only moving smartly around the court for open shots, they were also aggressive on defense, causing havoc for the Timberwolves’ attack.
“We came out really strong and executed very well in the first half,” Beal said. “It just got away from us in the second half, especially the third quarter.”
Although heading into the locker room after the first half with a lead of 25-24, during the second half, the offense fell silent.
Being outscored 8-4 in the third quarter, the whole dynamic of the high-flying, quick scoring game in the first half had completely changed as neither team could make a shot.
Junior guard Sandy McGlothlin was also dissatisfied with the outcome of the game, especially because of the way the game ended.
“I thought our loss tonight was pretty disappointing,” McGlothlin said. “We had small leads going into the second and third quarter but we couldn’t extend them. We played a solid first half only to fall short in the second.”
Senior guard Alex Agnew and sophomore forward Skylar Schouten were impactful for the Devils on both offense and defense, scoring a combined 21 points and both accounting for several rebounds, blocks and steals.
Two of Agnew’s six points came in the last minutes of the game in free throws for the final push of Blue Devils, however they could not prevail over the relentless Timberwolves.
Although her team was unable to come out of the contest successful, Beal reflects on the progress they have made this season and how they have matured together as a unit.
“We have grown so much since the beginning of the season…we’ve gotten a better idea of what it takes to win as a team,” Beal said.
Falling to 11-15 overall for the season, the women’s basketball team will play at home on Feb. 5 against Pleasant Grove for Oliva and Agnew’s last league game as Blue Devils.