FBC Defenders (16U) 2-0, So Far at Blue Chip’s Battle of Baltimore

Game 1 – Defenders Handle Winston-Salem Stealers in Early Play

FBC Defenders 16U rolled in to Baltimore with a roster of 7 feisty, battle tested lady ballers, and quickly asserted themselves as a team to be reckoned with, regardless of their lack of size in the middle. Behind the leadership of their “almost-famous” dynamic duo of Jackie “J-Rod” Rodriguez, and Alyssa McDonough, the Defenders out-hustled, out-rebounded, and out-scored a very organized, and bigger Winston-Salem Stealers club.  J-Rod amazed the crowd with a blistering hot hand from behind the arc, and finished with six, 3 pointers, on her way to a 27 point performance. The Defenders’ 9 point, halftime lead was challenged in the opening moments, of the second half when the Stealers made 2, 3 pointers back to back. Coach Stoned relied upon the leadership of Alyssa McDonough, to control the tempo of the game, and break down the Stealers defense with her penetration dribble. McDonough finished with 25 points, while Ashley Opitz, Kadijah Matthews, and Kyra Fox, (who returned from a 3 week hiatus) contributed to the points total. Defenders win the first game 59-51.

Game 2 – Defenders Rally to Subdue NEPA Flames after a shaky start

Riddled with missed shots, turnovers, and a lack of rebounds, the Defenders were able to regain their composure, and rallied to subdue the NEPA Flames.  Following a forgettable first half performance, the Defenders trailed 26-15, at the half.   Coach Stone used the intermission to remind his team of their true identity.  “WE ARE THE DEFENDERS!!  WE DEFEND!”  Alyssa McDonough was the first to respond to the wake up call, and led by example as the Defenders began to drive the ball to the basket instead of settling for jump shots that weren’t falling.  Morgan Mitchell and Kyra Fox stepped up on defense to challenge shots, and fill passing lanes, while Jackie Rodriguez, Ashley Optiz, and Kadijah Matthews got involved and followed suit using their speed, and ball handling skills to drive to the basket, and went to the line repeatedly. The Defenders chipped away at the lead with free throws until Alyssa McDonough caught fire, and erupted in the second half for 29 points. The Flames had no answers for McDonough’s prowess, and the Defenders hustle. The Defenders regained the lead, and held on for an electrifying, come from behind win. Alyssa McDonough led all scorers with 34 points, Jackie Rodriguez finished with 10, Kadijah Matthews scored 8, and Ashley Opitz scored 7. Defenders are now 2-0, and looking to capitalize on their momentum going into the second day of play at the Battle of Baltimore. Stay tuned!

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