Girls Varsity Basketball
By Joshua Woolverton
The MACA Lions girls’ varsity basketball team fought hard against the Rockbridge Academy Scots, however, foul trouble ultimately caused them to fall by a score of 34-42 on Friday, Jan. 10.
“We knew it was going to be a tough battle all the way through,” Gianna Hegler said. “We tried to not worry about the refs or the other team and just play our game.”
With the score tied at 26 going into the fourth quarter MACA Lion’s coach Gary Finch faced a hard decision. Two of his starters were close to fouling out, however momentum appeared to be tilting towards the Lions. He made the decision to play both to try to capitalize on this momentum. Less than a minute later Caitlyn Gilbert fouled out and Hegler followed shortly after.
“We got some calls against us that put me in a position to have to sit some of our girls,” Finch said. “I wanted to put some pressure on Rockbridge but unfortunately Caitlyn and Gi picked up their last foul.”
Val D’Ambrosio and Julia Bowen led the Lions in score with 12 points each. D’Ambrosio in particular, took over most of the offensive possessions in that final quarter as she scored some impressive shots to keep the Lions in the game.
“She was Unbelievable,” Finch said “She played her heart out and left everything on that court.”
The game was close down to the very end, however, the Scots were able to pull away thanks in large part to their height. With Gilbert and Hegler out, the Lions struggled to rebound consistently.
“We are a short team so it was hard to do that.” D’Ambrosio said. “Boxing out was the one thing keeping us in the game.”
While the Lions did not get their desired result, Finch said that he was happy to get to see some of his younger players get involved. He said he could tell his bench players like Kyleigh Blubaugh and Melanie Mallick had been paying attention in practice and that he enjoyed watching them get in and play.
“We are learning and trying to make adjustments,” Finch said. “I’m very proud of the girls and I think this will be a good learning experience for the team.”
MACA’s next game will be at 5:30 p.m. at Harford Christian School on Friday, Jan. 17.