Girls Open Second Half with a Loss
Harvey’s girls varsity basketball team came up short in a 41-37 loss Wednesday to league rival Christian Heritage in Trumbull, Connecticut, in the first game of the new year.
It was a close game throughout much of the match with Harvey trailing by only a handful of baskets after tying it up at one point. CHS led 21-16 at halftime.
The host team came into the second half determined to widen the lead, increasing the tempo and putting additional pressure on Harvey’s leading scorer, eighth-grade point guard Kira Ortega. Harvey’s coaches shifted point responsibilities to senior captain Courtney Warren and junior captain Ally Walsh to give Ortega better opportunities to handle the ball and take shots. The Cavaliers did their best to keep pace but they couldn’t erase the deficit that kept CHS in the lead until the final buzzer.
Despite the loss, Harvey coach Christina Binns saw some very encouraging signs from her team. Coach Binns said, “We played well. We brought the intensity. We are running strategy more effectively and trusting each other.”
Coach Melissa Zeffer found some positives in the loss as well. “We held our own against a team who spent a good portion of their break practicing and competing on the road,” said coach Zeffer. “Our support for one another was strong and I saw positive encouragement all around,” she added.
Ortega finished as Harvey’s high scorer with 16 points. Warren led the team with six assists. Sophomore Kathryn Ogg contributed six points and two assists. She also had four rebounds in a solid performance. Sophomore Lucy Gold came off the bench to score four points and grab a team-high six rebounds. Coach Zeffer was impressed with Gold’s contributions. “Lucy played her best game yet, coming off the bench in the second half - quickly picking up rebounds and hustling down the court to support her teammates,” coach Zeffer said.
The Harvey girls host King Friday in their next game.