Striv Academy Student Project: Recap of Class A Girl’s Basketball
- March 5, 2020
- Posted by: aretzlaff
- Category: Blogging
Written by Jon Willis, Millard West, Audio Track
In the third game from Pinnacle Bank Arena of the state girls basketball 1st round, the 26-1 Millard South Patriots took on the 18-8 Lincoln Southwest SilverHawks. Millard South was heavily favored in this one, being ranked 1st in the state. Lincoln Southwest though, had a few tricks up their sleeves.
Both student sections were up and loud the entire game, getting mad when there were bad calls, and cheering on their teams loudly when good things happened. Both teams could score with many different players, and that showed her today.
Both teams struggled to score early. There were lots of fouls, both teams having over 4 at about 4:00 left to go in the first. Senior Jayme Horan started to fuel a 8-1 run at the end of the first quarter, and she would end up having 10 points after just the first quarter. The run helped the Patriots be up by a decent amount going into the second quarter.
The second quarter was controlled by Millard South. Senior Maddie Krull got hot in the second quarter, getting into the paint, and drawing fouls. She would end up with 8 points in the first half. Southwest turned the ball over a lot, which led to a lot of opportunities for the Patriots in the fast break. Millard South was up 31-11 at halftime, really showing how powerful they were.
“I told my team at halftime that they aren’t just going to lay down, this is the state tournament,” Millard South coach Bryce Meyers said. “They’re going to start throwing stuff at you, and you gotta be ready for it.”
Lincoln Southwest really started to mount a comeback in the third quarter. They played much better defense, and were able to score easier. Freshman Brinly Christensen for the SilverHawks really got going, scoring two three pointers and getting strong in the paint. Millard South struggled to keep possession, and the lead was cut to six by the end of the third quarter.
“Just our overall energy was poor,” Meyers said. “It is what it is, we’ll learn from it, and get better for tomorrow.”
The fourth quarter started with the SilverHawks starting to go on a run, even cutting the lead to 1 at one point. Sophomore Megan Belt for Millard South got going in the fourth quarter, which helped them win the game. They went on some runs in the fourth quarter, and held off the late run by Lincoln Southwest. The Patriots won 54-44, and will move on to the semi finals. Both Belt and Horan finished in double digits, and freshman Cora Olsen added 9 more. Lincoln Southwest outscored South in bench play, but it just wasn’t enough. They gave the Patriots a run for their money, but just couldn’t close out.
“The first half was good, we did a good job defensively,” Meyers said. “The second half we didn’t come out with energy, so hopefully next time we change that and play for all four quarters.”
The Millard South Patriots will now face Pius X in the semi finals, which will be a much tougher game for them. They are ranked 1st, so it’ll be tough to beat them. Both teams played a great game, and it was very exciting to see.