Danes Finish Regular Season Against Strong Deer Trail Team
February 20, 2012Fountain Valley School
The Danes moved to an all-new level of play Saturday against a very physical Deer Trail team. Despite the 63-31 loss, the Danes continue to show improvement.
"Tonight I thought we showed a great amount of body control, as our post players stayed in the game with three and four fouls," head coach Paula Walter said. "We played a level-headed, composed game of basketball tonight. A less mature team might have found themselves frustrated with the physicality of the competition. But I was exceptionally proud of our focus."
The Danes came out strong, breaking the Eagles' full-court press so effectively that they pulled it off within the first two and a half minutes of the game. FVS had a tough time stopping their leading scorer, who is leading the state in points per game. But the Danes' 3-2 zone defense kept her out of the paint. The Eagles' offense catered to her so much as to set two, three and sometimes four screens for her. The Danes kept their feet moving and kept the game at 15-10 after the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Danes hit a scoring slump while allowing the Eagles to fast break on several possessions. The Danes worked the boards harder than they did against Calhan, but the long rebounds were tough to track down. The Danes showed a man defense, and continued to do a nice job of fighting through screens.
The Danes truly went cold on offense in the third quarter, as more than three and a half minutes elapsed without a bucket. In the meantime, the Danes switched up their defense again, showing a full-court press and a 1-3-1 zone defense. The Danes were outscored 12-4 in the quarter.
The Danes found the bottom of the net more often in the fourth quarter and kept collecting fouls from the Eagles. But the deficit at this point was too great to overcome. True to form, the Danes did not give up, even when the Eagles wanted to hold the ball for the last four seconds of the game.
FVS shot just 19.5% from the field, and 1 for 14 from the 3-point line. We went 10-18 from the charity stripe and committed 12 turnovers.
Delia Brekken had 15 points, 11 rebounds, two blocks and one steal. Rina Onishi had six points and one rebound. Clare Hamilton had three points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal. Vickey Wang had two points. Kim Donaldson had three points, 13 rebounds, one block and two steals. Ellie Taylor had two points and one rebound. Heather Whitham had three assists, four rebounds and one steal.