Nolan scores 16 for Lady Wreckers in victory over Westhill
The Staples girls basketball team overcame a rough start in claiming a 49-37 home victory over Westhill on Tuesday.
"As good as the energy was on defense at the start of the game, the girls for some reason were just in a start of hyper drive on offense," said Staples coach Ed Huydic. We didn't put together anything looking like our normal selves in the first eight minutes."
Staples had a tough time finishing shots inside. Sophomore Remy Nolan (16 points, two rebounds, two steals) was an exception for the Lady Wreckers as she cut through the lane and hit two lay-ups by. Huydic said, "Remy was a ball of energy out there. She really worked to find openings for some impressive pull up shots. She also hit deep jump shots as well. Those are things that she has been working on during practice. I was very happy to see it all come together for her. It all started with her energy."
In the second quarter, Staples found its offensive flow. The team was able to create outside shot opportunities, something it struggled with in the first. Huydic said, "At the break I was preaching patience to the team. There are three phases to our offense -- the primary break, secondary break, and the pattern. In the second quarter we saw some great secondary break options and some good looks from three point land as well." Senior captain Suvi Puritpatarrapan (nine points, four rebounds, one assist, four steals) and junior MaryKate Van Sant (11 points, four rebounds, two assists, three steals) each hit two 3-pointers. Van Sant stepped it up as a shooter and found her stroke early on. Huydic said, "Sometimes you don't know what causes sudden improvement, just trust and belief in yourself. The coaching was encouraging her to take open looks. I was happy for MK particularly because those two bombs in the second were what really got us going."
In the third quarter, Staples outscored Westhill, 14-6 with Nolan making pull up shots near the basket. She also hit a long jump shot from the corner.
The Lady Wreckers iced the game at the foul line in the fourth quarter, making seven trips to the charity stripe. Nolan led the team in free throws, sinking six overall, four in the final quarter.
Staples hosts Bassick today at 5:45 p.m. Huydic said, "We're approaching this game just like we do every other game. We want to continue to improve playing Staples basketball which consists of good defense and controlled transition offense. We're gearing up for Bassick according to those guidelines."