The Englewood girls basketball team scored first and often as they closed out the 2018 portion of their schedule with a 51-19 win over the Abraham Lincoln Lancers. “This is a good way to close out …
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The Englewood girls basketball team scored first and often as they closed out the 2018 portion of their schedule with a 51-19 win over the Abraham Lincoln Lancers.
“This is a good way to close out the season before the holiday break,” Pirates coach Thomas Rode said after the game. “I felt tonight we played good team basketball and that is one of our team strengths. Everyone plays hard every night and you never know who is going to have a big game that night. When someone does step up, everyone supports her, so I feel every game is a team win.”
The Dec. 20 win raises the team record to 6-3. The court now goes dark for the holiday and the coach said they will not resume practice until early January, since they don't play again until Jan. 15 when they go on the road to play Riverdale Ridge.
The Pirates got rolling early in the game against Lincoln, outscoring the Lancers 12-3 in the first quarter, and built on that advantage. Englewood scored double figures in each quarter. Also, throughout the game, the Pirates combined their attack with a strong defense, as Lincoln's highest number of points in a period came in the third quarter when the Lancers scored seven points.
Rode said Lincoln played strong defense early and the Pirates had problems scoring points at first.
“They did well defensively early but we adjusted and figured out what we had to do to score points,” he said. “The adjustments we made including being more patient with the ball and taking better shots. The adjustments paid off for us.”
He said the 6-3 record is a product of the work the players put in.
“We played in summer leagues and went to a couple of camps,” he said. “The girls continued to work hard in the fall, and all that effort is paying now paying off in the games we play.”
According to statistics, for the first eight games the team is scoring 35.8 points and pulling down 38.8 rebounds.
The individual statistics for the first eight games show junior Lily Johnson leads the team in scoring with 68 points and teammate Diamante Martinez has scored 55 points. Johnson also leads the team in rebounds with 74, in steals with 20 and in blocked shots with seven.
“The season has been going pretty well for me,” Johnson said. “I have had some off games but that happens to everyone.”
She said her height is one strength for and helps her rebounding and scoring on putting back rebounds.
“I don't worry about statistics. I just want to do all I can to help my team. I think my strength is being aggressive under the basket and I try help my team every game by getting a double-double,” she said. “A double-double is scoring double figures in points and double figures in rebounds. I have been able to get a double-double in three games so far this season and want to add to that total in every game we play the rest of the season.”
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