The early going was tough for Bodwell as they turned the ball over to the swarming Crusaders. But they were here to play and they treated every possession as if it was the first of the game. #11 for Bodwell, Onyi Chikezie quarterbacked the team and was a steady knowledgable hand for someone only a couple of years into the game. On the other side Holy Cross has a deep basketball tradition on the girls side and came well-prepared. Steals were often converted and at the half it was Holy Cross 35, Bodwell 8. The Crusaders were led by Vanessa Garcia with 13 points.
Bodwell came out of halftime with some defensive intention but the Crusaders #22 Shaelynn Tolerton was a force that was not entirely reckoned with. She showed her skill in positioning down low and her ability to reliably convert the under-the-basket shots.
At one point late in the third quarter Bodwell’s #23 Frolova dribbled the ball up the court and Holy Cross #9 got in the way and was literally run over. Courageous defence against a moving train! #9 got right up and jumped into the play. At the end of the third it was 53-21 for Holy Cross.
In the 4th the girls competed enthusiastically but the final result was unlikely to change. Still, treating every possession like a new game gave this match some attraction. Bodwell #10 Aizuki used her height and hands to grab some rebounds and put them back up.
Final score: Holy Cross 69, Bodwell 32
Player-of-the-game - Shaelynn Garcia of Holy Cross
High scorers: Garcia and Tolerton for Holy Cross with 13 and 12
Frolova and Aizuki for Bodwell with 18 and 14