Not even snowfall could stop the Lady Cavaliers from towering over their opponent, the Cedar Crest Falcons on Monday night, Dec. 5. Despite the many vacancies throughout the basketball gym, the Lady Cavs came out hungry and raring to go by not letting any Falcons stand in their way.
Sharae Middlebrook, a sophomore English and communication major, started off the night on a positive note by gracefully finishing a lay-up right from the tip-off.
For the rest of the first half, the Lady Cavs quick full court press and good shooting skills seemed to be slowly smothering the Falcons to the point where they were so flustered that all they could do was throw the basketball away. After that, it seemed like the Lady Cavs took a back seat for what seemed like an eternity while the Falcons clawed their way back into the game with only a 12 point deficit at the half. It was then that the Lady Cavaliers realized that they had to start playing with the intensity and scrappiness that the Falcons endured, and someone needed to take control of the game.
Freshman Nikki Duggan did just that. “We knew we were the better team, and they were very scrappy. But, we also knew we had to go in with the mentality that this was the biggest game of the season,” Duggan said. Duggan, who was the leading scorer for the Lady Cavaliers, ended the game with 20 points. Fifteen of her points came from her specialty, three-pointers. She had help from her fellow teammates senior Jen Skursky, with 10 points, and sophomore Sharae Middlebrook, who ended the contest with eight points.
Although the Lady Cavaliers ended the game with another win to add to their 2-4 record overall, it wasn’t pretty. They ended the contest with 27 turnovers, not to mention only one of their five starters scored double digits. “We need to learn how to play together, and it is not coming together as quickly as we wanted. But it’s a win,” Bobbi Morgan, the head coach said.
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