by Claire Kositzky
With a rocky start to their season, women’s basketball ended with a strong win against Rockford last Tuesday night.
“It was a great team win and effort from everyone. We were well prepared and had a really good flow going right from the start of the game. It was a great win for senior night and going into the conference tournament,” stated sophomore Alanna Ferry.
The girls were determined for a win, especially because it was senior night. Junior Meghan Novak scored a lay up in the first half of the game that gave the team a solid chance of winning during the first half. Junior Enza Ranallo made a three-point shot, along with senior Kam Haifleigh just before the end of the first half.
Rockford fell short and maxed at out at 11 points for the rest of the game, giving the lady Eagles a huge advantage.
“I think from the tipoff we played really good basketball. The whole team came to play, and we got a really good turnout for senior night. It was nice to see all of those fans there. We only had one day to prepare for Rockford, but we knew exactly what we had to do to win, and we executed the plan. It was definitely one of the better team wins of the season,” stated Haifleigh.
Senior Michelle Gaede shot 19 points throughout the game and had 8 assists. Novak scored 12 points. Sophomores Nicole Botich had 10 points, and Ferry made 6 assists throughout the game.
“I just want to say thank you to all of the fans that have supported us this year and especially to our families they have been amazing, and a big shout out to my teammates and coaches because they made senior night absolutely wonderful from the moment we walked into the locker room for the game. It was definitely weird playing my last game in the Rice Center, and I will definitely miss it, but I am so happy that we could get the win on our home court one last time together,” stated Haifleigh.
Despite the victory on senior night, the girls’ season officially ended during the first round of the Conference Tournament. They played last Saturday against Edgewood College and lost 63-45.