Martin leads Lady Trojan cagers past Bethel
The Weston girls basketball team came strong Tuesday and defeated Bethel 53-30 at home in raising its record to 4-5.
"I am 100 percent pleased with how we played tonight," said Weston coach Dan Rosen, finding it difficult to pinpoint just one thing that the team excelled at. "The team did a great job."
Rosen is particularly enthusiastic about the individual victory, but what it means in retrospect for the team. After losing the first four consecutive games of the season, it has now won four out of its last five games.
"We're really excited about [the winning streak]," he said. "We've really turned this season around."
Weston began the game strongly, scoring the first 15 points of the game. Lady Trojans senior captain Ellie Martinscored 21 points and hit a lay-up for the first points of the game. Martin was a force on the glass with 14 rebounds.
The entire team passed and finished well, with juniors Anna Mahoney, Taylor Swanson and Morgan Moubayed, and senior captain Lianna Hursh all making shots in the first quarter. Hursh, in particular, had several assists.
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Despite putting up many shots, Bethel fell quickly behind because the Lady Trojans played tight defense. Once Bethel's Lucy Daniels made the team's first shot with 1:35 remaining in the quarter, Lady Wildcat Casey Oberhammer followed with a 3-pointer and Weston led 20-5 after one quarter.
In the second quarter, Swanson set up many baskets, including one toMartin through a quick pass from the side of the court.
Weston settled into a groove and began making bigger and faster passes by the middle of the quarter. With 3:11 left in the half, Moubayed's 3-pointer, made it 32-11.
Mahoney utilized her height to make several great plays, including a loud block that stirred the crowd and a shot that she made after rebounding it twice. In addition, Martin exuded great ball movement around the paint, and made several impressive shots. The half ended with the Lady Trojans leading, 34-11.
The third-quarter was marked by more aggressive play on both sides. Hursh (seven points) and Mahony (14 points) played well offensively. Freshman Kristin Caolo hit a layup from Martin to make it 45-16 Weston after three quarters.
Rosen stated that he felt that "Everyone played well." In particular, he highlighted Martin and Hursh's games, as well as Moubayed's, who played great defensive and had eight assists.
Martin and Hursh both attribute the victory to the quality of the team's play as a whole.
"As a team we were passing the ball better, and we made better decisions," said Hursh.
Also citing the team's work on passing as integral to their win, Martin said, "We were all strong. We all looked for each other."