|Lady Dragons earn one-point win over undefeated Caliche|
|Written by Darci Tomky|
“What a great win for the girls!” said coach Arlan Scholl after the Lady Dragon varsity basketball team defeated Caliche in a close 44-43 game in Holyoke Saturday, Feb. 2.
He said they played hard and expected to defeat the No. 1-ranked Akron team Friday, Feb. 1, but it “just wasn’t meant to be,” and the girls ended with a 40-59 loss.
“But the girls’ character shined through on Saturday night as they came right back and defeated No. 1 and undeafeated Caliche,” said Scholl.
He noted they made several mistakes on the court, but the real sign of character is how they reacted to those miscues. “And these girls kept their heads up and continued to fight until they brought home the victory.”
Saturday’s game was also Holyoke’s annual Pink Zone event, which raised over $400 for Melissa Memorial Hospital Foundation in support of their local work to erase cancer. “The team and coaches would like to thank all of our Holyoke fans for their monetary support of our Pink Zone night,” said Scholl. “This is important as we continue to fight the dreaded disease of cancer.”
After playing the top-ranked teams in both 2A and 1A last weekend, the Lady Dragons still have some important games ahead of them. “We can’t rest on these great past victories but must continue to work hard and improve to reach our goals for this season,” said Scholl.
HHS junior Tia Huffman makes a drive to the basket
Holyoke 40, Akron 59
It was a hard fought battle in Dragon Gym Friday night, but the Holyoke girls just couldn’t find a win against Akron.
They trailed 11-20 at the end of the first, with the majority of Akron’s points put up by Sidney Merrill. HHS was again outscored in the second, giving the Rams an 11-point advantage at halftime.
Akron scored big in the third, with 17 points compared to Holyoke’s eight. The Dragons grabbed 12 in the final period over Akron’s 11, but the Rams had already sealed the 59-40 win.
HHS junior Maddie King led Dragon scoring with 14 points including three two-pointers, two from behind the arc and two for two in free throws.
Holyoke shot 11 out of 14 from the line for 79 percent. They sent Akron to the free throw line 35 times, with the Rams making 21 for 60 percent accuracy.
In team stats, King led rebounds with seven and blocks with three. Chandler Gerk and Erin Vieselmeyer each had two steals, and Megan Vieselmeyer finished with four assists.
Holyoke 44, Caliche 43
Coach Scholl is proud of the varsity girls for their one-point 44-43 win over Caliche on Saturday.
The close game held the crowd in suspense. Caliche had the upper hand in the first half, leading 9-6 at the end of the first and 20-18 at halftime.
The Dragons outscored Caliche in the third and fourth quarters 13-12 and 13-11 to come out on top for the win.
Scholl said it was back and forth scoring, so good defense and some key free throws at crucial times in the fourth quarter helped the Dragons clinch the win. HHS made seven out of 10 free throws in the fourth.
Senior Chandler Gerk and junior Audi Peña both put up 11 points for the Lady Dragons at Saturday’s game.
King brought down 11 rebounds and six assists, and Peña and Gerk each had one steal.
Saturday, Feb. 9, Holyoke will head to Wray for basketball action beginning at 2 p.m.
Holyoke Enterprise February 7, 2013