By JOE NAGY
In Tuesday’s matchup against the Northwood Timberwolves, the Lady Trojans won by a large margin, resulting in a final score of 41-24.
The Trojan offense outmatched the sluggish Timberwolves with their perimeter passing the entire game.The starting five were able to pick apart the Timberwolves defense with quick ball movement that led to open shots.
With subbing only three players for less than five minutes each, the girl’s pushed through it and played hard till the last second, resulting in a very easy win for the Lady Trojans.
The first half started out slow as UHS trailed the first quarter with the score being 8-6 in favor of Northwood. After the second, the Timberwolves led the Trojans 19-16. Power forward Deja Rogers (Sr.) kept the girls in the game, scoring seven of the total 16 points scored for University.
As the second half was underway, the Trojan defense was able to keep Northwood to only two points. Quick passing resulting in key shots helped the Trojans to stay ahead of the Timberwolves.
Forward Ashley Chandler (Jr.) had a major influence in the win e with 12 points of her own, the most by both teams. Her key shots and assists helped the Trojans end the third quarter on top 30-21.
The final quarter was again a defensive quarter for the lady Trojans as they kept Northwood to only three points. This defense was an all around team effort that started with key blocks from center Kaci Blailock (Sr.) and steals from point guard Malia Goldsmith (So.).
University would go on to score 11 points in the fourth quarter. The second half ended with the Trojans scoring 25 and the Timberwolves, five.
Chandler was very impressed with the way the team executed defensively in the second half. “If we use the same effort on defense or close to it in the rest of our games we could become league champs,” she said.
After this win, Girls Varsity Basketball is currently tied with Irvine High for first place in PCL. The girls’ next game is against the Corona del Mar Sea Queens away at CdM on Friday, January 13. CdM is currently in last place with an 0-2 league record.
In their last game, the Sea Queens lost to Beckman, a team UHS has beaten by more than 20 points previously. It is predicted that University will cruise to a 3-0 start in the season.