Danes Win Second Straight
December 3, 2011Fountain Valley School
A game that started breezy and relaxed ended up being a nail-biter tonight. But the Danes came out on top and as Coach Buckley likes to point out, FVS is still undefeated!
In the first quarter, the Danes looked fluid. They outsized the Hanover Hornets at nearly every position and used that height to their advantage. Lob after lob went in to posts Kim Donaldson and Delia Brekken. Donaldson scored 10 points in the first quarter alone. Bailey Knecht scored four. Clare Hamilton again scored the first points of the game and had two in the quarter. The Danes started the game with confidence, leading 16-7 after eight minutes of play.
Both teams played a tight 2-3 defense, which was beneficial for the smaller Hornets in trying to protect the basket. It wasn't the right defense for the Danes, however, as the Hornets soon displayed their true game plan and began to hit from the outside. They banked in three three-pointers in consecutive possessions. The Danes scrambled to adjust, and the Hornets sprang into a brief full-court press which rattled the Danes into two turnovers. The Danes tightened up, failing to finish their shots and allowing the Hornets to get hands in the passing lanes. Hamilton sank a three-pointer and Knecht added a bucket and a free throw, but the Danes were outscored 6-11 in the second quarter.
Both teams made adjustments during halftime, and the Danes did a much better job of protecting the perimeter. It was a physical game, as the referees allowed a lot of contact. But the Danes kept their composure. Players from the bench contributed valuable minutes in the third quarter, including Rina Onishi, Vicky Wang, Ji Won Park and Ellie Taylor. Hamilton sank another three and added a bucket. Brekken went on a scoring streak and added six in the quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Danes hung onto their shrinking lead. The trio of Knecht, Taylor and Hamilton did an outstanding job of managaing the clock, taking 30-40 seconds off during one possession. With 1:40 to go, the Danes worked the perimeter and put up a shot that didn't fall. They jumped into pressure high and forced the Hornets to take more time off the clock as they brought the ball across half court and then threw it away. The Danes had a short possession, then the Hornets got off a long shot that didn't fall. Taylor snagged the rebound and made a smart pass to protect the ball and get it across half court before 10 seconds elapsed. The ball was batted out of bounds, and the Danes brought it in to finish the game.
Donaldson led the team in rebounds with 10. Knecht led assists with four. Brekken had two blocks. Heather Whitham recorded three steals. The team had 14 turnovers