Girls Varsity Basketball · Girls Varsity Basketball falls to Western 51 – 43

43 Maconaquah High School
51 Western High School
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Maconaquah High School vs Western High School
43 51
1 12   13
2 4   17
3 12   8
4 15   13

This group of girls is remarkable. We came out with a loss but still successful, improved, and undeterred. We know who we are, what we can do, and where we are going and this game was just a single stepping stone for us. It sucks to lose, especially knowing we were the team to beat and played better basketball in the majority of categories, but we were still able to celebrate our accomplishments at the conclusion of the game with one another and fail forward. We have several things to improve upon to get ready for our upcoming conference schedule in the very near future and will continue to pursue our very best each and every day. It was funny that at the end of the game we were the losing team and wondering why Western seemed so bummed winning, but they know they stole another one or really we gave them another one just like last year, though I don’t want to diminish their talents and how well their team played because they did win. The key factors in the game were fouls, free throws, and passing. We committed 33 fouls and put them on the line 37 times while we only shot 3-12 from the charity stripe. We also need to focus on the value of a possession and make sure we are making more bounce passes and less errant or poor passes so we can diminish turnovers and get a great shot up. We had so much energy and hustle throughout the game as we outworked our opponent and got our first game jitters out of our system. It was an exciting game to watch and one we will be able to have so many hustle highlights for Hudl from. Lilly Maple led the Braves in her first varsity start as a freshman at the point with nearly a double-double with 21 points, though should have been 22 with her dazzling defense shredding 1st quarter 3 point buzzer beating floater from the top of the key that was only counted as a 2, and 9 rebounds. She also led the team in assists and tied for the most steals. She had two great heads up saves from under our basket in the second half that kept our drives alive. Tara Wagoner had a big game with lock down defense leading to 3 steals and 6 points. She also passed the ball off an opposing player’s back during an out of bounds play that led to points. Because of stepping her game up to another level through her hustle, attacking the paint, and smart play Tara Wagoner was our first Impact Player of the Game this season. This award was brought to you by the Chris Ousley All-State Insurance Agency “You are in good hands with Chris and All-State”. Other Lady Brave statistical contributors were McKenna Wilson with 6 points, Alex Merritt with 4 points, 4 steals, 3 rebounds, and a charge, Ashley Jess with 4 points and 8 rebounds, Madison Wilson with 2 points, and Monica Moore with 6 rebounds, a steal, and one of the best sideline diving bleacher saves I have ever seen. Our JV team also came up short claiming a 5 point loss as they led most of the game but couldn’t hold off the Panthers. The Rise continues for our Lady Braves this Tuesday verse Blackford at our first home game of the season. Hope to see a great crowd there and thanks for the support as always.#BravePride