Paige Grider, DN File
Wes Del's comeback stifled by stingy Madison-Grant defense
While the scoreboard at the end of the game showed 31-16 in favor of Madison-Grant, the stats told the story. Wes-Del had 10 fouls and 10 turnovers before it managed a 3-pointer at the three-minute mark of the second quarter — the team’s first points of the game.
The basket didn’t come easy either. The ball was bouncing its way out of bounds until freshman center Amarah McPhaul made a diving save and then passed it to senior guard Maddie Clock for a contested shot.
Sophomore guard Marci Bunch scored her team’s second basket of the game with 35 seconds left in the first half. She finished with a team-high five points on the night.
“We needed something to boost us back up and get our momentum going again,” Bunch said. “So, it felt good to get my team excited and thinking again that we could win this.”
The Madison-Grant defense was tough on Wes-Del’s offense all night, as many of the Warriors’ possessions ended in turnovers or bodies on the ground fighting for the ball — many of them resulting in fouls.
“Believe it or not, what we talked on is defense,” Wes-Del girl’s basketball head coach Ed Geesaman said. “Our sophomores and freshmen are out on the floor the most, and when you hold a team like the team we just played to under 35 points, that’s pretty good for our defense.”
The score showed the effort, as Wes-Del held the Argylls to just 13 points in the second half compared to 18 in the first.
“Toward the end of the game, our defense was a lot better,” Bunch said. “We also ran our offense better because against Anderson Prep, we were just kind of running around.”
The Warriors’ shooting started to heat up in the second half, but it wasn’t hot enough to make up for their low-scoring performance in the first.
“We weren’t running our offense where we’re supposed to be moving all the time,” Geesaman said. “My rule is you don’t stand still. We’re constantly moving all of the time in practice, but come out here underneath this light, getting them to run this offense is like a deer in the headlights at night.”
Wes-Del’s record falls to 0-3, and its losing streak increases to 12 dating back to Dec. 12 last year. The Warriors travel to Randolph Southern Friday, a team they have lost 17 straight to and haven’t beaten since the 2001-02 season.
“This is what I told them: ‘It’s something they have not done before, this school has not done in so long. Let’s be the first,’ and I just walked out,” Geesaman said. “We’ll come into practice tomorrow, go over the scouting report and our girls will be ready. They’re focused, and we’ll see what happens.”