Lock-down defense leads to second straight win


Senior Katie Garrish goes up for the jump ball against Lake Braddock.

Jude Nanaw, Sports Editor

The girls varsity basketball team has won their second consecutive game defeating the Broad Run Spartans on the road by a score of 59-33 to improve their record to 2-2.

“The win against Broad Run went really well and gives us confidence we will need for upcoming games,” junior Grace Hatch said.

The team’s season got off to a slow start as they were defeated in their first two games of season by the Fairfax Rebels 50-29 and the Loudoun Valley Vikings 59-49.

The Lady Atoms were able to bounce back and pick up their first win in their third game of the season when they defeated the McLean Highlanders by a score of 59-58 in an overtime thriller at home.

The girls jumped out to an early lead against the Spartans taking an 18-1 lead by the end of the first quarter.

The team maintained their lead going into the half with sophomore Sarah Shamdeen leading the team with 15 points and senior Katie Garrish having seven points.

In the third quarter the Lady Atoms would expand their lead with multiple three point shots made by Shamdeen and freshman Annika Yungner.

The Spartans were not able to get into a rhythm and cut into the Atoms’ lead in the second half leading to a 59-33 blowout victory for the Atoms. Shamdeen and Garrish lead the team with 28 points and 16 points respectively.

The Atoms’ defense locked down the Spartans and held them to well under 40 points, the fewest allowed by the Atoms this season.

“We had really good team defense and and had a lot of good looks inside the paint which helped us win the game,” Hatch said.

The team’s two consecutive victories over the Highlanders and the Spartans are a confidence booster which will be vital for upcoming match-ups against Patriot Conference rivals.

“I feel really good about the season. We have good team chemistry, confidence and we all have the same goals in mind,” Hatch said.

Despite the big win against Broad Run, the team still has many areas that can be improved upon for their next games against the Marshall and West Springfield.

“We can always improve on communication as team and can improve ball movement,” Hatch said.

The Lady Atoms’ next game will be on Dec. 15 as they get set to take on the Marshall Statesmen at home.