by Mykaela A.Jones
The West Grand girls basketball team took home a massive home game win against Caprock this past weekend with a satisfying score of 64-26. In a game where everyone on the team got a chance to show their chops on the court, even those who had not had much playing time in the season, in what Head Coach Elizabeth Bauer said was a great time for the team to be at home. She says, “It is always great to play and win at home, and even more more great to watch the girls have fun when they are playing on the court.” She described the game as being slow paced in the first half but when the girls started taking chances on the court and picking up their pace the game really sped up in the favor of these talented and driven young women. Many of them, took a initiative and really stepped up their game as players and leaders, according to Bauer.
While their win at home was something that the crowd went wild for, they were faced with a minor disappointment and shock when the game againsts Hayden came along. In a game that Bauer described as a hard played game with a good first half, with the mustangs leading the score 14-12 by half time, there were several setbacks to the game which resulted in a loss with the final score of the game being 28-34. Bauer says, “Hayden is always a tough place to play. It was a tough game out of the gate and while the girls played a good first half, they just couldn’t finish the game as strong as when we started. We also lost Jerrika Jones during the game (the senior athlete and veteran player suffered a head injury which hindered her for the remaining two minutes of the fourth quarter in the game) and that really hurt the team because she is such a leader and always works so hard to build everyone up and carry the team in a way.”
Bauer mentioned also that the girls have got to shoot better in games like the one against Hayden. They are now working in practice this week to prepare for a home game against Soroco, a game which may be tough considering they are a league matchup. She hopes to see everyone in the stands on Friday, February 2 to cheer on the girls. WGHS will then be competing in an away game against Paonia on February 3.