JV Girls basketball comes out victorious after a tough game against the Northview Wildcats 29-24

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Audrey Sidebotham, Sports Reporter

Freshman Brittney Probst once again proved to be the leader on the floor as they took on Northview Wildcats on Tuesday. With 5 points, 4 rebounds, 4 blocks, and 3 steals as well as playing airtight defense, her presence was able to secure a win for the Rangers, 29-24.

Brittney wasn’t the only person who contributed to the Rangers win, sophomores Alex Vaughn-Earvin and Bryn Yoder played relentless defense along with Brittney to help keep the momentum of the game going.

“Brittney and Alex, I couldn’t have two better point guards defensively,”Coach Tracy Jenkins said. “I couldn’t ask for more, I think they are probably out of our conference the two best point guards.”

In the first quarter, the Rangers came out and shined. With crisp passes from point guard Alex to post player freshman Katie Tellier, and then right back to Alex to make for an easy bucket. But the momentum didn’t continue through the rest of the quarter. The quarter ended with the Wildcats up 8-7.

The Rangers stepped up in the second with their phenomenal press and defense. The Rangers were able to hold the Wildcats to only score four points in the entire quarter. But the Wildcats defense didn’t let up either, so the offensive side of the Rangers wasn’t able to pull through. The Rangers went in at halftime down by two 12-10.

“I felt like we weren’t working as hard as we could be [in the first quarter],” Brittney said. “But after a speech from our coaches during halftime, we were able to pull it together.”

In the third quarter, the Rangers stepped up, only causing the Wildcats to throw away the ball. The Rangers kept their strong defense and so did the Wildcats, both teams not allowing the other to score, the third quarter ended all tied up 15-15.

In the fourth quarter, the Wildcats couldn’t hold the Rangers offense. While the offense was shining, the defense still held its own. With the Rangers aggressive press, the Wildcats had to call multiple timeouts within the last couple of minutes.

“As the opportunities came, we got the rebounds,” Jenkins said. “I thought we were the more physical team this time around. We took it to them, and when we had troubles with our offense our physicality kept us in the game.”

With 49 seconds left in the game, the score was 26-24 and the Wildcats had the ball. The Wildcats started to stall, but that didn’t stop Brittney from stealing it. With five seconds left in the game, Brittney passes the ball to Katie for a layup. Not only did the layup go in, but she was fouled and sent to the line. She made the free throw, finishing the game with a score of 29-24.The Rangers are now 3-4 in conference play and have high hopes of continuing their winning streak as they take on Greenville at Greenville.

“I was really proud of myself because the first game we played against Northview we lost and that was a tough loss for me and I was down on myself at the end of the game because I thought it thought it was my fault,” said Katie who had eight points, six rebounds, three blocks, and two steals. “So, to make that last layup and seal the win, was probably the best feeling that I’ve had all season.”