Girls varsity basketball preview: Ottawa Hills Bengals

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Girls varsity basketball preview: Ottawa Hills Bengals

After two conference wins in a row, the girls varsity basketball team will host Ottawa Hills Friday night. FHC, at 9-4 (4-2), comes off of its most dominant game of the season Tuesday night against Lowell, where the Rangers held the Red Arrows to just 18 points and 3 in the first half.

Freshman Theryn Hallock was key in the game against Ottawa Hills earlier in the season, as she posted a career-high 19 points to seal the 60-46 victory over the Bengals. FHC had a dominant first half highlighted by a suffocating press last time and led 36-15 at the break. FHC was outscored 31-24 in the second half, however, and allowed Ottawa Hills to make it interesting throughout the game.

While Ottawa Hills is struggling on the year at 3-11 (0-8), if this team is taken lightly it can pull out an upset. The Bengals have some very quick guards that were able to cause some havoc on defense against the Rangers earlier this season. Ottawa Hills also has considerable size down low and a couple unbelievably talented perimeter shooters.

A key to this game will be maintaining the dominant start, a common struggle for the team this year. Even with the massive victory over Lowell earlier this week, the Rangers were outscored by the Red Arrows in the third quarter.

Senior Claire Baguley enters this game off of a career-high scoring night against Lowell with 32 points; she also was able to earn 18 against the Bengals in the last matchup. This consistent high-scorer, however, will be susceptible to some outside distractions Friday night. In addition to it being Senior Night, Claire will also participate in the Winterfest activities as a member of the court.

With it being an undoubtedly emotional night, as all Senior Nights are, the Rangers may face a challenge in keeping emotions in check against a scrappy, physical opponent like Ottawa Hills. Claire and fellow seniors Kaitlyn Piontkowsky, Charlotte Delaney, and Danielle Balanda will have to push through emotional distractions to play a cohesive game against the Bengals. If the Rangers can come out focused and ready to play, look for them to pick up their fifth conference win tomorrow night.

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