Despite falling to Pingree 47-50 in a nail-biter game last Saturday, Andover Girls Basketball rallied on Saturday with a 67-43 win over BB&N. Andover’s record currently stands at 3-12.
According to Brooklyn Wirt ’21, the girls have improved in offensive aspects of the game throughout the season, such as cutting and boxing out.
Wirt said, “I think our team really ran the offense well and we worked on the defense the whole game. We made sure we were cutting and doing all the things that we talked a lot about this season. We also boxed out so well. We haven’t been doing that necessarily all the time and a lot of our players really stepped up this game.”
In the game against Pingree, the team played a strong defense, according to Claire Brady ’20.
Brady said, “[Pingree] relied pretty heavily on their offense, but we had really good defense. Especially Emily Hardy ’20, [who] was playing their top player, she was able to prevent her from scoring a lot of points. That definitely helped us, and that was something we’ve been working on and able to execute in games.”
According to Wirt, the girls needs to work on taking more open shots.
Wirt said, “We just don’t necessarily want to be the one who takes the shot and you just kind of have to do it. There were a couple times in the game when we would just pass around the outside of the hoop instead of trying to take it to the basket or just shoot it.”
Against BB&N, the girls worked to improve their shots and swung the ball around well to make better passes and take more open shots than in their previous game, according to Brady.
Brady said, “For BB&N, we played really hard defense, pushed the ball on offense, and got transition points.”
According to Coach Elizabeth Monroe, watching films of the games helps the girls pinpoint their weaknesses and strengths on the court.
Coach Monroe wrote in an email to The Phillipian, “We had a film session [last] Friday night that helped us a lot in our game on Saturday [against Pingree], so I imagine we will be doing the same to prepare for other games.”
The team will compete in the Eight Schools Tournament this weekend and will face off against Deerfield first on Friday.
Brady said, “We play on Friday against Deerfield. We’ve played them before, so we kind of know how they play. Hopefully that’ll give us an advantage going in, and bring it to them from the start.”