By Lucy Jackson
Without its top two scorers healthy for the second half of the season, the girlsâ basketball team fell to Wilson in the first round of CIF competition last month. After an undefeated start in league, the team hit a rough patch with leading scorer Nicole Hung â10 out with a knee injury and point guard Nicole Nesbit â10 slowed by back problems.
âDown the stretch, it was hard not having Nicole [Hung],â co-captain Clare Bergman â08 said. âIt left a hole in our scoring, and [pointguard] Nicoleâs [Nesbit] injury meant that it was hard for her to run the offense in a way that made up for that.â
Co-captain Lizzy Brooks â08 agrees, but believes that the teamâs playoff loss cannot be blamed on its injuries.
âObviously injuries have plagued our team,â she said. âBut Wilson was a good team. They had really great shooters, and they spread the floor in a way that made it hard to defend them.â
The team battled all game, but lost momentum in the third quarter when it gave up the lead to Wilson.
âIt was close throughout the whole thing,â Hung said. âAfter they went up in the second half, we didnât make a run when we needed to in the fourth quarter, and thatâs when it got away.â
Although the team expected more with three returning sophomore starters, next yearâs prospects are good.
âThereâs a really positive outlook on next year,â Hung said. âThere wonât be any seniors at all, so the juniors will have to assume leadership roles, but we want more next year; weâre fired up.â