BASKETBALL: The Lady Highlanders defeat the Lady Cavaliers 38-26 on Senior Night
THE WOODLANDS, Texas — The Woodlands High School girls basketball team shut down College Park’s offense in their second face-off of the season and defeated the Lady Cavaliers 38-26.
See the highlights from the game here.
The Lady Cavaliers won the tip-off, but The Woodlands would get the first points on the board with a free throw by Lady Highlander Payton Walker, followed by a two-point shot by Julia Glandt. A foul on The Woodlands’ Madison Morton put Jordan Rockins at the free throw line. With one free throw in the bucket followed by a Rockins three-pointer, College Park got a small lead over The Woodlands 4-3. The lead didn’t last long when the senior point guard for the Lady Highlanders, Meghan Musso, put three-point shot in the bucket. The Lady Cavs trailed The Woodlands for the remainder of the first quarter, and the Lady Highlanders led College Park 10-7 at the end of the first.
Amanda Maresca began widening the gap for The Woodlands after two free throws. Despite several buckets by College Park’s Angela Wadley and Jordan Rockins, The Woodlands’ Luisa De La Rosa, Payton Walker and Madison Morton responded with some free throws and two-pointers and led the Lady Cavaliers by eight points at the end of the half, 20-12.
Scoring almost three minutes into the third quarter was De La Rosa with a layup, and a foul on the Lady Highlanders put Angela Wadley at the free throw line with a good shot, bringing the score to 22-13, The Woodlands. The action was sluggish but soon picked up later for the Lady Highlanders in the quarter with a three-point shot by Julia Glandt. They wrapped up the third with a 13-point lead, 30-17.
Things started to look up for the Lady Cavaliers early in the fourth with several free-throws and two pointers by Jordan Rockins, Angela Wadley and Jasmine Atobajeun, but the Lady Highlanders’ defense helped maintain their gap. They finished their cross-town rivalry match 38-26.
Leading for the Lady Highlanders was Player of the Game Luisa De La Rosa. The Woodlands Head Coach Dana Bruton said even after being out almost half of the season with an injury, De La Rosa had a big rebound game that gave the Lady Highlanders the upper hand on each possession.
“She’s one of the hardest working, highest pain tolerance kids out there,” Bruton said. “She plays for the love of it and the love of her teammates, so she’s just so much fun to have on the court. She impacts all of her teammates with her enthusiasm and all of her energy as well.”
After a bye on Friday, the Lady Highlanders will end their district season when they face Oak Ridge High School on the road on Tuesday, February 9 at 7 p.m. The Lady Cavaliers will be at home on Friday as they play against the Lady War Eagles.