Coming from back-to-back wins, the Lady Commodores took on Walsh JV Nov. 17 in a high scoring game. It was the first game of the season for freshman Angel Blakely and sophomore Alycia Mathis. Both players displayed tremendous hustle. Blakely played with a lot of heart, she showed off her basketball I.Q. on both the offensive end and the defensive end. It was a slow start for the Commodores, not much was falling for them. They were down most of the first half, however a late surge from Onyx Lopez, Emily Capers, and Blakely brought the game to single digits. The score going into the half was 39-32 in favor of Walsh JV.
The second half started off the same as the first. The defense of the Lady Commodores struggled to keep up with the high scoring Walsh team. But once again the Commodores sparked a comeback. Blakely and Brandi Holowecky led the way for LCCC. Blakely forced many turnovers along with recording many defensive stops. Holowecky brought the team back with her offensive play. Walsh however, did the same. They forced LCCC to turn the ball over often, some unforced. The offense and defense of the Commodores looked lost. They also put themselves in foul trouble, giving Walsh free throw opportunity after free throw opportunity. Madi Bonner gave her best effort to bring the Lady Commodores back, showing off her three-point shot and getting to the basket for a couple easy layups. But it was too little, too late. The Lady Commodores went down, 85-73.
After the game, Coach Granito had this to say, “Our biggest issue was shooting percentage. They shot the lights out and we didn’t. At half we were only shooting 26 percent and it didn’t get any better. It was a big difference.” He also added in regards to the turnovers that he plans on doing more fundamental drills at practice.