The JV girls basketball spotted Hamilton a 23-0 lead midway through the second quarter on Thursday night. Hamilton applied a swarming, full court trapping defense that had the Dux off balance for much of the first half. West eventually settled in offensively and was able to make the game respectable by halftime, facing a 25-9 deficit. The two teams would play almost even in the 3rd quarter and Hamilton would take a 29-14 lead into the 4th quarter. After Hamilton scored the first basket of the 4th quarter, West would use a 12-6 run to cut the Hamilton lead down to just 11 points with a little over 4 minutes remaining in the game. With time running out, West was forced to foul and send Hamilton to the line, where Hamilton would capitalize and push their lead back out to the final margin of 43-26.
“Going into halftime, things obviously weren’t looking very good, and we were not playing well at all. It was good that we ended the 2nd quarter with some momentum and energy to take with us into halftime. We talked at halftime about going out and ending the season as the team we’ve been all year; one that plays hard no matter what the score is. Typically, when we play hard, we find ourselves having a chance in the game as well. It would have been really disappointing to end what was otherwise a great season on such a poor note, but I couldn’t be more proud of this team for how they came out in the 2nd half and continued to fight, and we actually gave ourselves a chance with an ‘and 1’ by Andrea to cut the lead down to 11 with some time left to play. I’m glad things ended on a high note for this group, they deserved it”
The team was led offensively by Kylee Winn, Raegina Pung, and Andrea Valdes.