LANHAM – From tipoff until the end of regulation, the Eleanor Roosevelt girls’ basketball team dominated DuVal convincingly on Dec. 15. Whether it was the Lady Raiders’ aggressive onslaught on offense or its staggering defense, DuVal had no answer for Roosevelt.
With a dominant game on both sides, Roosevelt crushed DuVal on the road 67-16.
The game started off slow as both teams felt each other out like two championship boxers doing battle in the ring. Once Roosevelt figured out its opponent, the Lady Raiders pushed the pedal down to the floor and cruised to victory.
Roosevelt jumped out on an early 14-2 run to start the game. DuVal never recovered as they failed to produce on both sides of the ball. Roosevelt took advantage as they went on an 11-3 run to close out the first quarter and took a 24-5 lead.
The second quarter was no different as Roosevelt dominated on both ends of the floor in the first half. Its offense put up 23 points, while the defense held DuVal to just two points in the second quarter.
A critical factor in their success defensively was the play of Trinity Workman who had five steals in the first half despite leaving the game with an ankle injury with 4:44 left in the first half.
Unfortunately, Workman didn’t return, but her defense did help lift her team to a 47-7 halftime lead.
“I felt like my defense was pretty good,” Workman said. “I think that me getting steals helped my team get open more in transition; it helped us get more opportunities on offense.”
In the second half, DuVal still could not figure out a solution to stop the Lady Raiders. Although DuVal played much better on defense as they held Roosevelt to only 10 points, they could not convert those stops into offensive production. Roosevelt’s defense maintained its lead as they held DuVal to just four points in the third.
DuVal had another excellent defensive quarter in the final period as they held Roosevelt to only ten points once again, but the offense remained the same as they put up just five points in the fourth quarter.
Roosevelt point guard Taylor McCormick was a key player in Roosevelt’s win, especially on offense as she finished with 15 points.
“Today it was just about the team sharing the ball,” McCormick said. “We tried to get them tired first before we tried to score. On defense, we started the game off by stealing the ball so that got everybody pumped up and we just kept that same energy.”
Roosevelt got its first win to start the season after taming the Tigers (1-1).
Despite the fact that Roosevelt completely dismantled DuVal, Roosevelt Head Coach Delton Fuller knows that there is still some work to be done for some tough upcoming games against Laurel and Saint Frances Academy in Baltimore.
“We had a bunch of missed layups,” Fuller said. “I counted about 15 to 20 missed layups. I gave the girls a goal to stay under 15 turnovers in a game. I know we only had four in the first half which is incredible. Last game we had 25 which is unacceptable. My girls also need to work on boxing out as well.”
DuVal falls to 0-3 on the season and has a road game against Flowers next as they look for their first win of the season.