Girls’ varsity basketball crushes Terra Linda

Emily Cerf

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The girls’ varsity basketball team proved its energy both on and off the court with a commanding victory against Terra Linda by a score of 64-24 at home on Friday night.

Although the team started out slowly in the first half and only led by nine points at halftime, it pulled away in the second half by dominating on both sides of the ball. Key offensive plays by sophomore Sophie McWhorter and junior Nicki Yang allowed the team to score 20 points in third quarter and an additional 13 in the fourth, resulting in the Giants’ 40-point victory.

Sophie Mcwhorter and Heidi Roenisch defend against an attempted pass.

Sophomore Sophie McWhorter and junior Heidi Roenisch defend against an attempted pass.

“As a team I think we really stepped it up in the second half,” said freshman Vanessa Veto. “We were pushing the ball up the court and really working to get high percentage shots that were close to the basket.”

Veto also attributed the victory to a change in energy after halftime.

“I think we stepped up our energy both on the floor and on the bench. As a team we really rallied around each other, and were loud and supportive,” Veto said.

A halftime pep talk by coach Diane Peterson also contributed to stronger play in the second half, according to Veto, who described the first half as “a little flat.”

“She told us to go out there and run because we weren’t using enough of the shot clock,” Veto said. “We were just shooting it right when we got it, instead of waiting, passing it around, and getting a nice lay up.”

The girls are currently third in MCAL with a 4-2 record. They will look to secure another win on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at Drake.