Wakefield Sports: Girls’ basketball takes big game against Quantico

The Owls Varsity Girls Basketball team won an important Delaney Athletic Conference game over Quantico on Jan. 21. The Owls’ pressure defense was the key to the 30-23 win over a young Warrior team. The girls held the top Warrior scorer to just one point!

Isabelle Eastham scored 14 points and recorded another double-double by adding 12 rebounds. Sarah Wells also contributed a double-double by earning 13 points and rebounds. Makenzie Magaro hit several big shots and finished with 8 points. The Warriors tied the game with just over three minutes to go in the fourth quarter. Sonia Mehta scored all 5 of her points in the last three minutes of the game to help seal the victory.

The Owls hosted a very deep team from Wakefield School in a Cavalier Athletic Conference game on Jan. 25. The visitors wore down the Owls with their pressure defense and packed their defense in tight around Isabelle Eastham. The girls struggled in both the backcourt and frontcourt with turnovers. The result was a lopsided loss, 37-11. The team’s record stands at 6-4 and 1-2 in the CAC.

Varsity Boys Basketball
In a rematch of last year’s DAC final, Wakefield Country Day School enjoyed an eight-point win over Quantico on Jan. 21, 50-42. In contrast to the wintry mix of precipitation falling outside, the action heated up early with the friendly rivals trading baskets in the first half.

A four-point lead at halftime for the Owls grew to a 14-point fourth quarter lead for the Owls behind an efficient offensive game and a collapsing defense. Although it was an excellent all-around game for almost every Owl player, sophomore Brian Shafran was particularly electric in breaking the press and driving to the basket for 20 points off an array of floaters and lay-ups. Senior Andrew Smith contributed his usual scoring, but perhaps more importantly provided excellent disciplined defense in covering the low post and pulling down a game-high 20 rebounds. Senior Adrian Wassel continued his excellent play at both forward and guard hitting several shots on offense that led to 8 points. His toughness prevented some easy shots on defense.

Wakefield Country Day School suffered a difficult loss, 46-25, versus Wakefield School at home on Jan. 25. A low-scoring first half provided a close game, but, in the second half, WCDS lost point guard Brian Shafran, and the pressure from Wakefield School disrupted the home team’s offense.
Senior Andrew Smith did what he could, shouldering ball-handling, rebounding and scoring (20 points) responsibilities for WCDS, but the Wakefield School pressure proved too much and lead to several WCDS turnovers.

These turnovers were often converted into fast break points for Wakefield School whose deep roster provided fresh legs. WCDS Junior Ian McCool was awarded a game ball in the losing effort for his assertive play on both the offensive and defensive ends. McCool was often found on the floor fighting for loose balls and rebounds. Senior Adrian Wassel also had an excellent game with his assertive defense and rebounding.

The Owls rebounded from a season low 25-point output on Jan. 21 to capture a big DAC Division 2 win over the visitors from Tandem Friends on Wednesday, Jan. 27. The Owls survived a game in which there were 52 free throws and three players fouled out from each team. The final score was 58-53. Ian McCool, Adrian Wassel and Brian Shafran combined to defend Tandem’s outstanding player, Matt Mahoney, in our box and on defense. Mahoney hurt the Owls in their 16 point loss at Tandem two weeks ago. The hard work put in by these players was critical to the victory. Andrew Smith led all scorers with his 36 point and 17 rebound performance. Brian Shafran added 14 points and 5 assists. The boys overcame a six point second quarter to score 39 points in the second half! Our record is 8-4 overall and 3-1 in the DAC.

Middle School Boys Basketball
The Owls were on the road at Culpeper Christian on Jan. 26 and came away with a 60-40 win. The 60 points represented a season high for the boys. Alex Foster was the leading scorer with 26 points, and Shivam Mehta scored 16 points to include 3 three-point baskets. Michael Stone added 8 points. Our record on the season is 8-1.

Middle School Girls Basketball
The Owls visited Culpeper Christian on Jan. 26. The result was a 39-9 victory with contributions from every player on the roster. Kim Pankow was the leading scorer among the nine Owls who scored in the game. Coach Pankow mixed up her line-ups allowing young players Tatum Vaught, Taylor Jones, Carolina Leonard and Jessica Leskovec to get valuable experience. Our record is 8-0.