Playing with all the heart they have shown through the season, the Lakeview High School girls’ basketball team brought the best they could to a week that found them winning one and losing one. Going up against a team they knew they could defeat as well as the one of the league’s top, they were prepared for a difficult fight as one of their best player’s and point guard Darci Frederick remained sitting out with a sprained ankle.
On Tuesday, Jan. 8, they met the Chiloquin Panthers at Honker Court and were able to push down their offense with a 53-44 win. Head Coach Brandi Harris knew that the Frederick’s absence would cause some problems for the offense, but she was glad to see that girls ably stepped up and played better.
“Being down in our numbers, we had the lead and kept the lead. It showed consistency, which is something that we are constantly trying to work on,” she said. She singled out sophomore Amanda Arcularius as a player that really helped the team stay in form.
“It showed us what we need to work on down low,” Harris added. “But the girls just did their thing.”
Playing against the Crusaders of St. Mary’s on Friday, Jan. 11, the same level of play could not keep them from losing, 72-58. Harris had again expected a tough game, not only with the loss of players and the small number on the team, but also because St. Mary’s is largely considered to be the league favorite.
Preparing a zone defense to use against the fast Crusader ball handlers, the Lady Honkers brought a great amount to competition to the game that Harris was glad to see.
“The girls really adjusted themselves,” she said.