Waldorf's Varsity Girls Basketball Team was defeated, 36-47, in the finals of the annual Portledge Basketball Tournament on Saturday, December 8th. Said Coach LeSueur, "Although this game is posted in Waldorf's loss column, it was one of the finest all around basketball games that our girls have played during my six years of coaching."
The high powered Portledge Panthers were pushed to the limit for the entire game by the efforts and new found energy generated by each Waldorf player who took to the court. The game had all the markings of last year's IPPSAL championship game, in which Portledge used a defensive full court press that resulted in many unforced turnovers by Waldorf. However, this game would be different.
"This game truly reflected how far our team has grown," said Coach LeSueur. "We were able to break Portledge's press and put them in a position where they were forced to retreat and fall back. Waldorf played at a level not seen in recent times."
The keys to Waldorf's success, in matching up against Portledge, is the overall play of the following players.
Senior co-captain Carolyn Smalls (1 point) broke the Portledge press with her speed and ball handling skills and provided key assists to the team's determined front line. Junior guard Jaclyn Proctor (2 points) also asserted herself throughout the game with her composure and passing guile. The junior swing guards Marianna Paone and Sophia Trikas, ably backed up by sophomore Mikayla Ver Pault (2 points), played with greater court awareness and some stifling defense blocking the lanes and forcing Portledge into long range low percentage shots.
The team's offense was predicated on getting the ball inside so that they could use the strength and determination of senior co-captain Isabella Fraim and junior Ajanai Miller Randolph. The two played the finest game of their careers at both ends of the court. Fraim registered 10 points and Miller recorded 21 points - in addition to their numerous defensive and offensive rebounds.
"Waldorf's tenacious play throughout the game was remarkable and should serve us well throughout the season," said Coach LeSueur. The two teams will match-up one more time in league play (... and may face each other once again in the IPPSAL 2013 Championships!).