(Inji Kang’19/Media editor)
The girls basketball team had two games this week, traveling to Harvest Prep on Monday, February 11, before taking on Worthington Christian on Saturday, February 16.
The Vikes started slowly against Harvest Prep, trailing 4-6 at the end of the first. Senior leader Shelemiah Crockett stepped up in the second period, leading the Vikes to a 16-14 lead at the half.
Hard defense and good rebounding by both teams made it clear that neither team would be giving up in the second half, with Harvest Prep tying the game up at 26 by the end of the third quarter. But the Vikes weren’t going to lose this game, with freshman Sophie Spolter yet again showing her dominance, pulling the Vikes ahead for a final score of 37-31. Crockett and Spolter highlighted the stat sheet, with the former posting a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds, and the latter scoring a team-high 13 points.
For success in the playoffs, Crockett and Spolter must lead their team in the right direction and continue to be impact players. Additionally, Academy could benefit greatly by more success beyond the 3-point arc, as they only attempted two shots in this matchup, missing both.
CA went against the league champs,Worthington Christian, for the final league match of the season.
Worthington Christian came into this game with a 19-2 record, the best of any team Academy’s faced this year, but the Vikes put up a fight.
The Vikes stayed strong throughout the game but were down big at halftime. Strong defense and sharp shooting allowed the Vikes to halt the Warriors defense, bringing CA back within 10 heading into the final period. The Warriors dominance on the glass let them run away with it, leading Worthington to a 41-29 victory.
A highlight came at the end of the game when Senior Jenny L’Hommedieu hit a deep buzzer beater three.
Ending the season with a 9 and 11 record, the team begins its playoff run with districts against CSG on Tuesday, February 19.