Lady Knights Hope to Grab a Victory over Howell Central in their First Home Game of the Season

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Lady Knights Hope to Grab a Victory over Howell Central in their First Home Game of the Season

Junior Gabby Delarue attempts a shot in a varsity basketball game in the Howell North gym.

Junior Gabby Delarue attempts a shot in a varsity basketball game in the Howell North gym.

Credit to Kamryn Bell

Junior Gabby Delarue attempts a shot in a varsity basketball game in the Howell North gym.

Credit to Kamryn Bell

Credit to Kamryn Bell

Junior Gabby Delarue attempts a shot in a varsity basketball game in the Howell North gym.

By Stacy Beasley

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On December 15, the Lady Knights will face off against their rival Francis Howell Central Spartans on their home court. The game will be at 5:30 P.M. in North’s big gym. The girls are currently 0-2 and hope to come out with the win against the Spartans.

“Even though our record is the same as last year, we are a lot better as a team, and we do work a lot better with each other,” senior Grace Stevenson said. “Our practices are incredibly different, we do different drills and warmups, and have some new players to help with the team’s culture.”

The Lady Knights and Spartans have always had competitive games together. Size and speed-wise, the teams are almost evenly matched. As this is this is the case, the Knights will try to focus on pushing the ball up the floor and getting a good foothold early on in the game. The starters for the game will most likely be Hannah Wilson, Gabby Delarue, Maddie Stock, Keran Stevens, and Isabella Delarue.

“Central is really athletic, and have a lot of confidence that we have to overcome, we need to adapt our mindset that we can compete with anybody this year,” coach Dawn Hahn said.  “We have to overcome our lack of confidence.”

The girls team is trying to focus more on teamwork and playing for each other this year. The team is in a situation where they’d have two girls over six foot. They also have a number of guards that feel comfortable being set up for a 3-pointer in a clutch situation.

“In the course of a game, you go through a myriad of emotions,” Hahn said. “There are times where you slip into a mode, and the game is flowing well. The one thing that sticks out is that there’s no high you can have bigger than seeing your girls succeed and do great, but at the same time there’s no lower low than seeing them get close and fall short.”

 

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