Written by Tiana Wong
Charles Best and Walnut Grove tipped off for the Girls’ Final at 5:45 p.m at Collingwood School on December 10th. The first quarter started out slow as the players were working off the nerves and finding their groove. Charles best took an early lead thanks to a three pointer by Jessica Wolpert. By the end of the first, both teams were in bonus and Walnut Grove was up 1, with the score at 19-18.
Charles Best got it done on both the defensive and offensive ends, starting the second quarter off strong with a 19-0 run to take the lead and force Walnut Grove to take a timeout with 2 minutes left in the quarter. Coming out of the timeout Walnut Grove scored two quick baskets and the quarter ended with Charles Best up 45-23.
Nikki Cabuco, CB #4, scored an early three pointer and Jessica Wolpert found her rhythm, scoring 12 points for Charles Best in the third quarter. Nathalie Rathler of Walnut Grove drew two quick fouls putting her team in bonus but they were unable to capitalize and Charles Best kept their lead at 56-36 by the end of the quarter.
Early in the fourth, Jessica Wolpert, a large presence on defense for Charles Best, fouled out of the game. However, she was still the team’s leading scorer with 21 points. CB#5, Kendal Sands, took it to the rim hard for a left handed layup and quickly scored a second left handed layup after a steal by her teammate, Nikki Cabuco. The game was back and forth the whole quarter with Charles Best holding a comfortable lead. Jessica Wisotzki, #9 for Walnut Grove, fought hard and scored 12 points in the fourth quarter alone. In the end, Charles Best took the win with a final score of 68-57. Nikki Cabuco was awarded the Player of the Game with 16 points and Walnut Grove’s Tavia Rowell was the leading scorer of the game with 25 points.