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Danes Show Flashes of Excellence in Loss

January 26, 2012
Fountain Valley School

The Danes dropped a game to Calhan Tuesday night by a score of 53-40, but head coach Paula Walter still felt the team was back on a consistent track.

"We had a good number of flashes of inspiration in tonight's game," she said. "Additionally, we did a nice job of executing some late-game situations, and as I explained to the players after the game, that will serve us well when we are in must-win situations later in our season. It sure looked like we outplayed the Calhan Bulldogs tonight, but we dug ourselves a bit of a hole in the first quarter, then we let Calhan pull ahead in the third quarter. We did manage to close the gap in the fourth, but we ran out of time."

Delia Brekken won the tip again tonight but had a little too much power behind the ball. and Kim Donaldson was not able to keep it from going out of bounds. The theme for the first quarter for the Danes was "too rushed" on offense. The players drove when they should have pulled it out. They made one extra pass when they should have put the ball up for a shot. As a result, they were on their heels for the first eight minutes of the game. It seemed like the Danes were constantly scrambling to get back on defense.

In the second quarter, FVS played the Bulldogs nearly even. The Danes did a much better job of breaking the full-court press and then setting up an offense. Plus, Calhan put the Danes in the bonus, and the girls went to the line eight times. It was a much more balanced quarter of basketball and the Danes did a nice job of controlling the pace. The teams went into the locker rooms separated by just seven points.

In the third quarter, the Danes came out of the locker room and turned the ball over on five consecutive possessions. Calhan capitalized on the opportunities, knocked down some threes and quickly built a lead. The Danes scrambled to stay within striking distance. They were outscored 20-8 in the third quarter.

The fourth quarter featured some fabulous full-court work from the Danes. There were several outside-inside connections that looked great. Everyone worked hard on the boards. Clare Hamilton handed the ball with confidence, slashing into the lane or drawing the defense before a pass. The Danes were within 13 points with two minutes to go. The Danes continued to work hard, quickly collecting a few extra fouls to send the Bulldogs to the line. On consecutive possessions, the Danes put up multiple threes, but none fell. The final score in the game was 53-40.

Brekken had 12 points, nine rebounds and one block. Clare Hamilton played one of her best games of the season thus far, collecting 11 points, three rebounds, five steals and one assist. Donaldson had eight points, nine rebounds, three blocks and four steals. Bailey Knecht had six points, two assists, four rebounds and one block. Rina Onishi had two points, one rebound and one steal. Ellie Taylor had one point and two rebounds. Heather Whitham had two rebounds and two steals.

The Danes will see action again on Thursday when they travel to CSS. There will be no JV game. Varsity plays at 5:30 p.m.

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