by Maeve Maloney
The WHS girls basketball team lost to the Roselle Catholic Lions, 31-23, on Dec. 14. Four players were sidelined due to injuries, which contributed to the team’s loss.
In the first quarter, WHS got off to a slow start with only four shots, none of which resulted in a basket. Freshman Lillian Scott was able to capitalize on foul shots, scoring the only two points in the first quarter.
Turnovers and fouls were a problem for WHS, with seven team fouls resulting in five points for Roselle Catholic. At the end of the quarter, Roselle Catholic was winning 10-2.
The second quarter played out much like the first with the Blue Devils’ only point coming from a free throw by freshman Jackie Knapp. At the half, Roselle Catholic was up 18-3.
"I thought overall the team played well, we fell behind at the beginning but ended up winning the second half," said junior Emily Brucia.
After a lackluster first half, WHS improved in the third quarter when Knapp drained a three-pointer, their first basket of the game, with 5:33 left in the quarter. Scott continued the momentum with a steal, and then fast break for a layup, as well as a foul shot after her second drive to the hoop.
Freshman Jamie Miller had two baskets and sophomore Carly Friedman had one.
Although WHS outscored Roselle Catholic in this quarter, they were still down 26-17 with only 8 minutes to go.
In the final quarter, WHS capitalized on free throws again with Knapp knocking down two and Friedman and Scott each knocking down one.
Coach Joe Marino said, "Our team goal is to continue being competitive and to improve our team’s performance in every game we play."
Their next game is tomorrow at 1 p.m. against Summit.