COPLEY: The Copley Indians girl’s basketball may have been the home team, but the court belonged to Wadsworth in the Grizzlies’ 62-18 win on Wednesday night.
From the opening tip, the Grizzlies’ (16-2, 11-0) offense proved to flow effectively as they jumped out into a double-digit lead that they’d never relinquish.
Wadsworth coach Andrew Booth said the staff emphasized getting off to a good start, especially since he felt the team had started slow in the few previous games.
He said the team has eight or nine girls who can score effectively, and that depth allows them to be successful offensively.
Open shots continued to be available for Wadsworth in the second quarter as well. Senior guard Mackenzie O’Brien knocked down three, 3-point field goals in the half to help build the lead.
O’Brien finished with 12 points in the game, while senior guard Rachel Goddard led all scorers with 15 for the Grizzlies.
“Our kids are really good about sharing the ball,” Booth said. “We could have a different leading scorer from one night to the next so being unselfish is going to help us out down the road.”
Copley (6-11, 1-9), however, was not able to ever develop that consistency on the offensive end of the floor. The Indians’ young team also struggled with their minimal- varsity experience.
Copley coach Darryl Anderson, Sr. said the team failed to do the fundamental things needed to win.
“We turned the ball over way too much, we couldn’t score and we couldn’t rebound,” Anderson said.
A positive for Copley proved to be its ‘never give up’ attitude. Determined to cut into the lead, Copley continued to battle for every possession and ran hard after any loose ball.
“Nobody is going to feel sorry for us, and we have to take the next step to get like [Wadsworth],” Anderson said. They are a great team with great coaches, and that is what we must strive to be.”
Wadsworth was simply too much for Copley to contain on both sides of the court. The Grizzlies’ full-court press defense that proved instrumental in building the first-half lead, came up huge again in the second half, especially the third quarter.
Copley was unsuccessful in even getting its offense set up for half of the quarter due to the pressure defense causing several steals, which resulted in easy lay-ups for Wadsworth.
The Grizzlies outscored Copley 23-4 in the third quarter.
Booth said transition baskets off of Copley’s turnovers helped them from falling into an offensive drought. The numbers prove it as Wadsworth scored 25 points in the first half, but they added 37 more in the second half to blow the lead open.
“Whenever you see the ball go through the basket builds confidence,” Booth said. “We started to get some 3’s to fall for us.”
Anderson said he’d like to see his team play together as a team and execute.
“We’ve got a coaching staff trying to give them that knowledge, and they have to take that knowledge and process it,” Anderson said.
Copley will play Revere next, while Wadsworth will travel to Tallmadge with a chance to win the Suburban League title.