A Slow, but Steady Start to the Season
By Sasha Aristizabal
Northside’s Women’s Varsity Basketball team dominated Francis Parker during their home game on Nov. 20. The game started off with Alina Yamin, Adv. 902, Erin Goldman, Adv. 911, Maddy Scheoff, Adv. 908, Audrey McManus, Adv. 900, and Samantha Farmer, Adv. 004. Even with the strongest players out on the court, the team struggled to maintain a strong lead. Ultimately, Northside’s Coach Henderson underestimated Francis Parker’s team's ability to score. He subbed out the starting five, except for Yamin, which ended up backfiring. By the end of the first quarter, the score was 10-6 with Northside leading. From the looks of it, the game was going to be a tight match.
However, with the second quarter starting up, all the starters were put back in the game and quickly began to dominate the opposing team, keeping up a strong lead for the entirety of the second quarter. With a combination of effort and talent, by the end of the second quarter the score was 29-8 ,proving that Northside was the better team despite the rough start. After a quick 10 minute break for halftime, NCP seemed to have its head back in the game and wanted to continue its streak of domination.
Coach Henderson started out the third quarter with starters once again, but with the 21-point lead he began to empty out the bench and allowed the rest of the team to play. This was one of the smartest decisions as Northside was winning 47-12 by the end of the third quarter. Everyone worked hard to maintain a strong lead and gave the game their all.
As the fourth quarter began, Coach Henderson decided that none of the starters were going to be playing as there was a 30+ point lead. This gave an opportunity for those with less playing time in the game to jump in. Francis Parker gained an advantage from this lineup but it was not enough to secure a win. Although Northside did not score in the last quarter, the team won 47-18.
Although this is not the first game Northside has played this season, it is the first game that shows how well they work together. The team has unmatched talent compared to other schools. Just this past game, for example, Yamin scored 24 points by herself, which is usually uncommon for high school basketball players. When asked about what she thought about the game and the rest of the season, Yamin said, “In the Francis Parker game we started off very slow. We were not scoring as much as we should have and our defense was much weaker than it should have been. However, once we got a rhythm, we played how we are capable of playing. In the future, we need to be much more energetic and aggressive, regardless of who we are playing. I am really looking forward to the rest of the season. We have a great team, full of girls who have played with varsity for several years. I am especially excited for our senior day game against Payton for the Principal’s Cup. We have lost to Payton the last two years but it is my goal, and my team’s goal, to bring the cup back home.” Hopefully, the Mustangs bring back the cup and have a successful season this year.