Girls take down Liberty

Hanah Kitamoto, Print Co-Editor-In-Chief

The girls basketball team sent off their three seniors, Ana Nester, Emma Ingersoll-Weng and Avery Vest, with a win as the Trojans took control of the Lightning 63-53 on senior night in the first game of the doubleheader on Feb. 4.

The game started with Ingersoll-Weng at the Trojans’ end of the court to trade two points with Liberty. Ingersoll-Weng tore her ACL back in December during the game against Liberty.

“[My season was] not as I expected, but I am still having fun with my teammates and really enjoying it even though I can’t play,” Ingersoll-Weng said. “It’s hard to be a leader on the floor but being a leader on the bench is going the best [it can].”

The Lightning pulled ahead early in the first quarter and held the Trojans to just three points on the scoreboard until the 3:00 mark in the first quarter when Lucy Wolf ’24 found Meena Tate ’22 for the layup to make it 5-8 Liberty. Anna Prouty ’23 gets the rebound with 1:32 left in the first quarter 7-10 Liberty. Free throws from Tate tied the game at 13 with 6:49 left in the second quarter. Keiko Ono-Fullard ’23 and Wolf each score from inside the arc to take over the lead against Liberty 17-15 with 5:39 left in the opening half. Wolf finds an open lane for a layup to once again tie the game 30-30. Liberty’s Avery Gaudet ’23 makes a three-pointer for Liberty to have the lead at the end of the first half 30-33.

Late in the third quarter, junior Carolyn Pierce’s and-one tied the game at 37. Pierce then made her free throw to make the score 38-37 West. Wolf goes coast-to-coast for an easy layup to make the score 43-44. Moments later, Tate drops in a three-pointer to put the Trojans ahead 48-46 with 4:49 left in the game. A two-pointer from Ono-Fullard widen the score gap between Liberty 58-51 West with 46 seconds left. With technical fouls within the last minute of the game, the Trojans improved their score to 63-53 to secure their second win against the cross-town rival this season. Tate led the Trojans by finishing the night with 26 points, and Ono-Fullard finished with 12 points.

The Trojans will be back in action next Tuesday at Cedar Rapids Jefferson.