Rose Classic – Win in Round 2 vs New Heights – 42 – 38

Coach Stone’s Defenders had their hands full in their contest today with New Heights at the Rose Classic, after falling to them 2 weeks ago in an unexpected match-up while filling in for a team which had forfeited.   Shalette got the offense going with the first basket, which was quickly followed by a 3-pointer from Walker.  It was soon apparent that this game would be different than their first meeting, with the score tied 11 to 11 with 1:26 remaining in the 1st quarter.  The Defenders eeked out  a lead at the end of the quarter with the score at 14-13.  Jerome (Erika’s Dad) commented from the stands that we “were fortunate to have a lead after getting out-rebounded and losing the ball so much.”   New Heights continued to bring the same aggressive style and  ball-stealing that we saw in the first game, but the Defenders continued to battle back even after multiple turnovers.  We lost some ground by half time with New Heights leading at 21 to 18.  The excitement continued in the 2nd half  with the game tied 26 to 26 at the end of the third quarter.  The game was marred by an unpleasant outburst from the opposing coaching staff, leading to 3 technicals and culminating with the New Heights Coach being thrown out of the game.   All that practice for our recent fundraising paid off as Ashanti sank her free throws.  Defenders were up 38 to 34 with just 1:10 left in the game.  After another technical against New Heights, and some nail-biting moments, the Defenders closed it out 42 to 38.  The honor of high scorer goes to Walker with 15 points.  Jas was strong under the boards with 9 rebounds, and Ashanti had 3 assists.  Go Defenders!

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