Lady Wolverines edge E. Henderson

Published 3:23 pm Thursday, December 1, 2011

Senior Cassidy Mazzilli defends a E. Henderson player as she attempts to pass the ball back into play.

By William Trakas

Coming off losses to Cherokee, both the men’s and women’s teams were looking to bounce back against tough East Henderson squads Wednesday night.

The women’s side held their end of the deal to get the night’s momentum going.

Polk player Rachel Vining shoots and makes a foul shot in the Wolverine's victory over E. Henderson. (photo by Samantha Hurst)

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The Lady Wolverines jumped out to an early 8-0 lead behind dominant first quarter play from inside presence Jamie Hrobak. The teams traded baskets until the end of the first period as the Wolverines led 19-12. Hrobak put up nine of her 11 total points in the first quarter and also added 13 rebounds for the game.

As the second quarter progressed, East Henderson dialed up the defensive pressure in an attempt to get back in the game. Inevitably, with pressure comes fouls, and the teams had a combined 15 by the beginning of the second quarter.

Freshman point guard Kara Overholt came off the bench for the Lady Wolverines and ran a composed offense that countered the Eagle’s fast-pace attack. After maintaining an 8-point lead most of the half, the girls went into halftime only up by 4, with a score of 33-29.

As the second half got underway, the Wolverines came out putting pressure on East’s backcourt for the first time all game. The third quarter proved to be a defensive bout as both teams scrapped their way to a less than stellar combined 17 points, two less than the Wolverines put up in the first quarter by themselves.

Senior Cassidy Mazzilli proved to be the best in the period with 4 of the girl’s 9 points in the third. However ugly, the ladies maintained their lead heading into the fourth quarter, 42-37.

The fourth period was a test of character for the Lady Wolverines as East Henderson dialed up the defensive pressure once again, taking their first lead with 5:29 to go.

Back and forth the lead went until a key defensive stop and following score put the Wolverines up by 4 with under two minutes to go. Mazzilli and junior guard Shalyn Brown both scored a team high 5 points in the fourth quarter and both were clutch late from the free throw line as the Lady Wolverines pushed past East Henderson 59-51.