PHOTO: Bella Oliva shoots a free-throw during the fourth quarter of the Jan. 21 JV women’s basketball game at Dixon High.
By Colin Walsh and Bryce Barker,
Sneakers screech on the hardwood floor as freshman Isabella Oliva swipes the ball off the ground, dashes to the opposite hoop and lays the ball up. The scoreboard lights up with the number two under the guest score.
The Blue Devils never looked back on their way to a 48-35 win over the Dixon Rams on the Jan. 21 JV women’s basketball game at Dixon High.
The Blue Devils came into Monday’s contest sporting a 6-11 record, looking for a seventh win against a 3-5 Rams team. The Devils burst out of the gates with intensity from the tipoff.
The half court pressure of the Blue Devils smothered the Rams offense in the first half holding Dixon to a mere 14 points and building a comfortable 15 point lead going into the second half.
Sophomore point guard, Haylee Aquino, who averages nearly one steal per game, was instrumental in the Blue Devils stifling defense. Aquino recorded three steals on Monday’s game.
“We could’ve had less turnovers and we could’ve made more of our layups,” Aquino said.
In the second half, Dixon began to figure out how to score against the Blue Devil pressure and at one point cut their deficit down to only seven.
Despite the improvement in the Rams’ offensive attack, the Blue Devils were able to hold them off enough, cruising to a 13 point win.
The Devils’ offense was led by Isabella Oliva, who scored 15 points and led all scorers. They also received significant contributions from freshman Devin Hawkes, who finished with 13 points, and freshman Gabby Laugero, who put up 10 points.
“We had good shooting and our defense was pretty solid,” said Hawkes, who is currently averaging 16 points per game this season. “I felt like I shot well and did a good job finishing.”