Semi-Finals: The Varsity Girls' Basketball team cruised to a strong 44-35 win over Governor's Academy in the semi-finals on Friday, March 4.
Summary of first-round game on Wednesday, March 2 vs. Miss. Porter's. Final Score: 60-42.
The game started on a promising note as Akwar Abula and Olivia Hosch pounded the offensive glass, both scoring consecutively on putbacks. Next, Ali Lorden hit an elbow jumpshot to give Cushing an early 6-0 lead. And then Margaret Barry went off! She connected for back-to-back threes, and helped Cushing to extend its lead, 12-3. Olivia and Akwar scored again, and then Margaret knocked down another three, opening up a sixteen point, 19-3, lead just past the midway point of the first half. Miss Porter’s fought back though and after hitting two threes of their own, they trimmed the lead back to ten. Cushing looked to open the game back up as Kaitlin Boyer scored in transition, and Luciana Fionda hit a freethrow line jumper, but some untimely turnovers allowed Miss Porter's to keep the game within reach. Fortunately momentum took a final turn in Cushing’s direction as Margaret hit her fourth three of the quarter in the final minute of the half, allowing Cushing to claim a 30-17 point halftime lead.
Akwar scored on a strong drive to start the second half, and then it was D’Ana Rolle’s turn to get into the scoring action. She drained a three to push the lead up to eighteen, and then she scored six of Cushing’s next twelve points. Dovey Foote hit a jumpshot to beat the shot clock with 3:26 to play, giving Cushing a 57-30 lead. And then Luciana hit her first three of the season to push the lead to twenty-eight points with just two minutes remaining in the game. Miss Porter’s was able to finish the game on a 10-0 run, but Cushing earned the right to continue the season for at least two more days. Final score: Cushing 60; Miss Porter's 42
Margaret’s sharp shooting enabled her to claim the title of leading scorer—and to go along with her twelve points, she tallied three rebounds, two steals, an assist, and a block. Next in line was D’Ana, who finished with eleven points, three assists, three steals, and two rebounds. Both Olivia and Akwar scored ten points apiece. Olivia added two rebounds, an assist, and a steal, while Akwar ended with six boards, two steals, a block, and an assist. Ali finished with eight points, three steals, three assists, and an offensive rebound. Luciana turned in her scoring high for the season with five points. Kait and Dovey chipped in two points each to round out the scoring.