Darby Girls Basketball supports Breast Cancer Survivors
Friday, December 8th was a big night for the Hilliard Darby Girls Basketball Team. Not only was it their home opener and a conference game against Delaware Hayes, it was also
the program’s annual Fight Against Breast Cancer game.
The tradition started last season when Varsity Coach Tay Tufts became head of the program. The team has pink jerseys that they wear specifically for this game, and this year the program sold pink “Shoot for the Cure” t-shirts. The proceeds from the shirts went to the American Cancer Society.
Senior Guard Alexa Dixon was happy to be able to help out breast cancer survivors.
“It’s always great to recognize breast cancer survivors and how special they are, so it’s nice that we were able to raise some money and help them out,” Dixon shared.
The Panthers went into this game with a 3-1 record and 1-0 in their conference, after their big win against Bradley last Tuesday evening.
The girls had a fast start to their game, with Junior post player Annie Rauch winning the tip-off. Freshman guard Sophia Iosue grabbed the ball and went up for a layup, drawing the foul. Iosue made both free throws, scoring the first two points of the night for the Panthers.
The momentum continued in the next offensive play for the team, when Rauch went up for a shot and got the and one, making her layup and then sinking her free throw for a beautiful three-point play.
Darby led Delaware with a score of 18-8 at the end of the first quarter.
The Panthers had a slower start to the second quarter but found a burst of energy halfway through after Junior Point Guard Sydney Wyngarden got a huge block on a Pacers breakaway.
Despite the slow game following the first quarter, the Panthers still came out on top at the end of the night with a 50-38 win.
Dixon was proud of the way the team played, especially since it was their third game in four days.
“[The team] needed to win the game to put ourselves at the top of the conference and we were able to accomplish that and it felt great,” said Dixon.
The Panthers are now preparing for a three-game week as they take on the Olentangy Orange Pioneers at home on Tuesday, they then travel to Worthington Kilbourne for their third conference game of the season on Friday, and they end the week with another away game at Grove City High School, on Saturday.