By Sophie Meads,
With the weather outside in the low 30’s, the stark gym at Grant Union High School in Sacramento was not much warmer. On Friday, Jan. 11, the Grant cheerleaders wore their sweat uniforms throughout the entire Davis verse Grant basketball match-up while the Blue Devils’ own support section clapped their glove-covered hands to cheer the varsity women’s basketball team to a come-from-behind win.
“This sets the tone, there are two teams that we have to match up strong against, that’s Grant and Monterey Trail and we just beat a very good team so we’re looking good,” second year head coach Karen Foster said about her team’s 65-53 win.
The game started out cold with the Blue Devils in defensive stance for the majority of the first half and trailing by seven. The second half saw a back and forth score until 3:30 left in the final quarter.
The game was tied at 52 points when some gloves started coming off. Senior Ashleigh Vandenbrink received the ball up court, planted, eyed, and followed through to sink her jumper and collect two of her 22 points. From there on, the Blue Devils drained six more shots while only allowing the Pacers one point to end the game with a 12 tally win.
Vandenbrink said she was confident her team would win. “We just had to keep playing and not turn the ball over and I knew we would pull it out,” the co-captain said.
Foster was happy with how she saw her team play, especially after being down at halftime. “This is the sign of a mature team…we have a tendency sometimes to give up, we did not, we stayed in that locker room, we adjusted, and we turned it around,” Foster said.
This win puts the Blue Devils with a winning record for league play of 2-0. The Lady Blue Devils play again on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at Davis against Laguna Creek.