The Flight boys outscored Crown in each of the first three quarters, despite resting several starters for extended stretches throughout the game. In the first stanza Flight had short scoring runs of five and eight points, only to have Crown answer with a six point run.
In the second quarter Flight went on runs of seven and nine, before Crown responded with a ten point run. DJ scored on a runner. Conner made a steal, drove downcourt, was fouled, and made a free throw. He made another steal on the next possession and as Conner leaped to lay the ball in, a Crown defender barely deflected the ball. Conner then made a lightning-quick ball adjustment, and the ball still went in the basket. Play of the game.
Mrs. Keller reported Libby’s jury went well, but Mr. Keller and Mr. Bailey were tending to a sick truck. Mrs. Norman brings home Willis Thursday, and Catherine & Spencer will also be home for Christmas. No one mentioned Ben Hoffer. Matthew was ribbed by Crown teammates for hanging with his Living Science friends. Mr. Leiner rocked a dashing new goatee. Lila sat with us for a while. Lucy texted with abandon.
Kevin kept things going as the fourth quarter started, slicing a pass inside to Conner, cutting through the lane for a basket. DJ scored two baskets, and then was taken out of the game with remaining.
Isaac and the Four J’s finished the game: Jordan, Josh, Joe, and Joel. Joel helped with the ball-handling and was fouled three times…one time being slung across the court. Later he was able to return the favor, delivering a hard foul to foil a Crown fast break. Joe fed Isaac for the last score of the game.
DJ…15 points, 6 rebounds, one assist & steal
Conner…11 points, 4 boards, assist, 3 steals
# 23…10 points, 7 rebounds, one block
# 4…10 points, 2 rebounds & assists, steal
# 13…10 points, one assist, 3 steals, 2 blocks
Kevin…8 points, 4 boards, assist, 3 steals
Isaac…4 points, one steal
Joel…one point, rebound, and block
Josh…one rebound and block
Joe…one rebound and assist
With Danielle and several key players sitting out the fourth quarter nursing wounds, the Flight Girls would have still beaten Crown had they made all their free throws.
In a low-scoring first quarter Crown went ahead 4-2. Flight scored first on a jumper by 13. Courtney had four rebounds in the quarter, and Danielle had three. Flight alumni Jessica sat on the bench to provide support.
The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter, but a quick five-point Crown run gave the Knights the lead for good. 12 had five of the team’s eight second-quarter points, and assisted on a Courtney jumper. Kathleen scampered about, wearing a knee brace almost as big as she.
Danielle was everywhere in the third quarter, with 3 points, 4 rebounds, and an assist, steal, and wicked blocked shot.
# 12……7 points, and one rebound, assist, and steal
Courtney…5 points, 6 rebounds
Danielle…4 points, 8 boards, one assist & block, 2 steals
# 13……2 points, 4 rebounds, one steal and block
Kathleen…one rebound and steal