Girls basketball defeats Chaminade High School in first Mission League matchup

Claire Conner

The girls basketball team defeated Chaminade High School 58-33 in its first Mission League game at home Thursday, leaving the team with an overall record of 10-2. 

The squad led throughout the game, scoring at least ten points in each quarter and preventing the Eagles from doing the same. The Wolverines led by eleven points at the end of the first half and then scored 29 points to finish the game with a 25-point lead. The team has shown the same tenacity for the entire season, and they have led each of the last three games at the end of each quarter, winning them all by at least a 17-point margin. 

Both of the team’s losses this season were within a margin of five points, finishing its most recent loss to Etiwanda High School with a score of 60-55. The squad’s offense has maintained momentum in each game, scoring at least 50 points in all but one. 

In the Wolverines’ loss to Etiwanda, the team led 18-9 after the first quarter but quickly fell behind, trailing by three points at halftime. The Eagles continued to build on their lead and were six points ahead after the third quarter. The Wolverines then scored 22 points at the end of the game but were unable to stop the Etiwanda offense from closing the margin. 

Following this loss, the team launched into their most recent three-game streak with a 61-44 victory over Viewpoint High School on April 24 and a 54-29 win against Troy High School on April 27. 

Shooting guard Melissa Zozulenko said the squad’s defense has been a key part of their success, and that they hope to maintain the same energy going into the rest of the season. 

“Our goals for the upcoming games are to continue playing team defense while also getting our work done early in the game,” Zozulenko said. 

The squad looks to continue its season on the road at John Burroughs High School on May 1.