The Watchmen hold Portland Waldorf scoreless in the fourth quarter to nail down a 40-18 win
If the C.S. Lewis Academy girls basketball team is going to make any major strides this season, head coach Jeremy Friedrich believes they will have to eliminate the slow starts that have plagued them in previous seasons and so far this winter.
The Watchmen didnt solve that problem Friday night versus Portland Waldorf, but finished quite strongly, holding the Wolfpack scoreless in the fourth quarter en route to a 40-18 victory.
Friedrich did not start his best player, his daughter Lana Friedrich, which may have contributed to the slow start, but once she was inserted into the game, things began to turn around.
The move gave sophomore Brittany Trowbridge some valuable experience playing in Friedrichs high-post role on offense and at the center of the zone defensively, but may also have been a challenge from the head coach for the rest of the team not to rely too much on the do-it-all senior.
C.S. Lewis eventually emerged from the first quarter with a 9-6 lead and entered the break up 21-12 after a solid second quarter.
When Lanas in there, she sets the tone for the game, Friedrich said. We were very flat to begin with, but I was very happy with how the other girls started playing. Katelyn (Reimer) started hitting some shots, Lydia (Pia) put in some shots in the first half.
The third quarter was a sloppy one for both teams, but Waldorf scored six consecutive points in the final 1:25 to draw within seven points at 25-18.
However, Halah Grobey drained a jump shot at the buzzer to end the run and set the tone for the final period, in which the Watchmen had both their best offensive and defensive performances of the contest.
Thanks to six points from Friedrich and a coast-to-coast lay-up by Reimer, C.S. Lewis pushed the lead to 35-18 in the first three minutes of the fourth.
When were all mentally in the game, our ball movement is fantastic, coach Friedrich said. I really think were going to be able to throw some defenses off by being able to do that."The other thing this year that is different than in the past is having Katelyn at point guard and Lydia also. That gives us a little more depth.
Pia hit a three-pointer and Friedrich added a lay up to close out the scoring, but just as impressive was the defensive effort, which paved the way for the 13-0 scoring margin in the fourth.
Im very pleased with the girls, the coach said. At halftime we talked about what I wanted to see out of them in the second half and that was I wanted to see more aggressiveness.
Lana Friedrich finished with a game-high 17 points, with Reimer adding eight, Pia seven and Trowbridge six.
The Watchmen (4-7, 1-1 Casco League) will travel to Country Christian Friday.