New Washington’s middle school girls basketball team earned tough wins against Lanesville with the seventh grade team winning a close one 16-14 and eighth grade 41-29.
The eighth grade avenged a loss to the lady eagles earlier in the season. Coach Mike Lawrence credits his team for remaining calm and keeping their composure is a physical game. The eighth grade girls found themselves up by three at the half but Janesville made a charge in the third quarter outscoring the mustangs 12-10.
“Going into the 4th, I was very proud of our patience with our guard spacing and screening,” said Lawrence. The mustangs outscored Lanesvile 16-4 in the final period of play.Team play was cited as a factor for the win and turnaround for the squad. “We had many girls step up and do the small things in certain roles that will not appear in the scorebook,” said Lawrence.
Reagan Reid shot 73% from the free throw line (11/15) which was a key factor having the ball in the quick guards hands when Lanesville was fouling per coaches. “Our bigs did a decent job on the weak side boards and played stronger tonight. I was extremely proud our kids effort and grit. Huge win for us.”
The seventh grade saw some athletes move to and play in different situations.”We made some changes to our lineup tonight and placed some kids in situations they haven’t been in this year and we’re proud of how they responded.” The coaches saw some opportunities slip away at the free this line but remained pleased they kept the ball in their hands and secured the win.