Darby Girls Basketball falls short to the Kilbourne Wolves
On Friday, January 26th, the Darby Girls Basketball team competed in a conference game against the Worthington Kilbourne Wolves, at Darby. This was the second time the teams have faced each other this season. In their first matchup, the Panthers defeated the Wolves 43-30.
With a 10-7 record going into this game, Darby was looking to bounce back from their 20 point loss to Dublin Scioto earlier in the week.
Freshman Teddie Coe felt they had a thorough preparation for their game.
“[The team] worked on ball handling, we ran through our plays and just focused on the fundamentals and the small things that needed some improving,” Coe shared.
Despite the game starting with the Wolves winning the tip, the Panther’s aggressive defense forced the first turnover of many throughout the night.
The first points of the game were scored by Senior Brianna Pizurro after Junior Point Guard Sydney Wyngarden, passed the ball down to Pizurro on the block.
The Panthers had another quick two points in their next chance on offense. They easily broke through the press and Coe was able to connect with Pizarro, who once again added to the point total for Darby.
With three more points for Pizarro, as well as a two-point jump shot from Wyngarden, the Panthers finished the first quarter with a 9-7 lead over Worthington.
Unfortunately the second quarter did not go as smoothly as the first. Despite Senior Alexa Dixon swishing a three and a subsequent layup from Junior Annie Rauch to start off the quarter, the six fouls on the Panthers from the previous quarter allowed the Kilbourne team to have too many chances for points from the free throw line.
Also, following the early baskets from Rauch and Dixon, the shots stopped falling for the Panthers, who only scored four more points in that quarter.
The Wolves lead the Panthers 21-17 at the end of the first half.
Darby did not let the second quarter phase them, starting the third quarter full of intensity.
Once again, the Darby guards were able to find Pizzurro down low and dumped her the ball for two more points.
The Panthers continued to move the ball quickly on the offense, and they scored another 13 points in the third quarter.
Not only did they have an effective offense, Darby’s team defense limited the shot opportunities for the Wolves.
Late in the quarter, Wyngarden denied the Kilbourne Point Guard from entering the lane, while Freshman Sophia Iosue stuck a hand out, swatting the ball away from the Wolves.
At the end of the third quarter, Darby had retaken the lead, 32-27.
In the last eight minutes of play, the Panthers had a similar quarter to that of the second. They had an early three, this time from Coe, but failed to connect on many more of their shots.
The Panthers continued to fight throughout the entire quarter.
Dixon contributed with two aggressive rebounds on defense, giving Darby an opportunity to run their offense.
Despite leaving it all on the court, the Panthers fell to the Wolves, 42-38.
Following the game, Rauch shared her frustration at losing to Kilbourne on her home court. However, she was optimistic as the Panthers are now looking to finish this last stretch of their season, as well as they can.
“[The team] is now focusing on finishing strong to head into the tournament. Senior Night is coming up against a strong Thomas Worthington team, so that’s another thing we’re looking forward to,” said Rauch.
Pizzurro also shared the team is looking to go undefeated in their next games.
“It shouldn’t be hard to do, it will only take dedication and focus,” Pizzurro said.
The Panthers will travel to Canal Winchester on Tuesday, and then will face the Dublin Jerome Celtics at Jerome, on Friday. Both games start at 7:30pm
The Girls Program will close their season with a conference game against Thomas Worthington on Friday, January 9th at 7:00pm. The game is at Darby and will be the program’s Senior Night.