Girls Varsity Basketball Defeats Life Center in Thriller

The Girls Varsity Basketball team won against Life Center Academy (LCA) in a close game, ending with a final score of 35-32 this past Monday.

The Girls Varsity Basketball team won against Life Center Academy (LCA) in a close game, ending with a final score of 35-32 this past Monday. With the victory, the team improved its record to 10-6 while maintaining its six-game winning streak at home.

Coming into the game, Gabby Hemenes ’22, a key newcomer for the team, said, “I feel like our team goal […] was to go into the game with a lot of energy. [We’ve] put in a lot of hours at the gym, and [we] all work hard and want to be able to win.”

Through the beginning of the first quarter, the game remained scoreless due to strong defensive plays from both teams. After a free throw from Hemenes and a basket down low from her shortly after, Big Red started gaining momentum, leading the game 3-0. A three pointer from LCA with 1:38 left in the first quarter tied the game, but strong back-to-back offensive possessions helped Lawrenceville retake the lead, ending the first quarter up 7-3.

At the beginning of the second quarter, a series of free throws from LCA allowed them to gain ground on Lawrenceville before taking the lead about halfway through the quarter. With three minutes remaining before halftime, the game started heating up with both teams remaining in close scoring range. After a three-pointer from Co-Captain Heaven Figueroa ’20, Lawrenceville re-claimed the lead, 10-8. Lawrenceville concluded the first half leading 17-14.

Going into the third quarter, the team “wanted to slow down the pace of the game...[which] resulted in a lot of turnovers,” Hemenes said. Big Red was able to execute its gameplan on the defensive end, helping the team lengthen its lead on LCA, with a score of 23-14 with three minutes left to go in the third quarter, not allowing LCA to score until that point. However, LCA fought back steadily late in the quarter, only trailing Lawrenceville by one point with one minute left in the third quarter.

In the final quarter, LCA and Lawrenceville went back and forth. Big Red first lengthened the lead to 33-29, but the score remained tight when LCA scored, bring the game to 33-31. With 3:30 left to go, a time-out was called, after which Co-Captain Victoria Dugan ’20 scored a crucial two points for Big Red. Shortly after, a successful free throw from LCA intensified the game with less than two minutes left. From there, Lawrenceville’s defense kept LCA from scoring. With 15 seconds left, Big Red regained possession of the ball, helping to secure the victory for Lawrenceville, 35-32. Figueroa led all scorers with 14 points.

After the game, Head Coach Grey Simpson P’20 said, “Our goal every game is to get better. We view this time of the season as an opportunity to continue to improve so we are playing our best basketball in February when we reach the [Mid-Atlantic Prep-League] tournament, [New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association] tournament, and the Eight Schools Tournament. Life Center is an athletic team that plays a really tough schedule, so it was a great test for us.”

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