The Mathews High School girls’ varsity basketball team dropped an important conference game with Charles City last Thursday, but bounced back on Monday to beat West Point in overtime. On Tuesday, the Lady Devils couldn’t keep the momentum going, falling to Gloucester, 53-24.
Against Charles City, Mathews could not capitalize on a 20-17 halftime lead. Charles City opened the second half on a 12-2 run and the Blue Devils could not recover, losing 46-33.
Charles City and West Point are the favorites in Conference 42 this year. Savannah Wooten and Taylor South led the Blue Devils with eight points each, while Hannah Rowe and Maria Spadaccini added six points each. Madison South contributed four points and Madison Owens rounded the scoring by adding one point.
Bounding back, the Lady Blue Devils finally put together their first complete game of the season on Monday night. Traveling to West Point, playing in a loud and spirited gym, led by their home pep band, the Blue Devils matched the Lady Pointers point for point.
The MHS defense kept West Point’s leading scorer in check all night and Taylor South’s three fourth quarter three-pointers sent the game into overtime. From there, another of the Blue Devils’ weaknesses this year finally turned around as Mathews kept up the defensive pressure and won the game at the foul line by a score of 45-38.
“If we can play as hard every game as we played tonight, there is no reason why we can’t go somewhere in the postseason,” head coach Tommy Eriksen said.
South led the Blue Devils with 11 points, followed by Wooten and Spadaccini with eight points each. Rowe contributed six points, Whitney Eriksen added five and Owens chipped in four points. Emily Brown and Veronica Cosby finished the scoring with two and one point, respectively.
On Tuesday, Mathews was soundly defeated by Gloucester. “We were clearly still on a high from Monday night’s overtime win, but just didn’t have the legs to match up with Gloucester,” Eriksen said. Gloucester rode a 34-11 halftime lead behind Cheyenne Land’s five three pointers to the win. Contributing to the Blue Devils’ scoring was South with six points, Brittany Mitchem added four while Wooten and Spadaccini contributed three points each. Mariah Robinson, Madison South, Cosby and Rowe each added two points.