Heading North of Tucson to Pusch Ridge Christian Academy the Varsity Lady Red Wolves Basketball team took on an excellent Pusch Ridge Christian Academy Lions team. Pusch Ridge jumped out to a quick 23-6 lead and would not look back.
Going into the game, Coaches Jenifer Meza and Benjaline Medlock said that one of the many focuses of the game would be to improve the free throw shooting from the game before. After a woeful 3-16 free throw shooting debacle against Cholla Magnet, coaches assigned 500 free throw attempts over the weekend. The girls were to text when they finished shooting. Extra special attention would be paid to the free throw shooting during this game.
Entering halftime, the Pusch Ridge score differential remained the same at 14-31. Coach Meza stressed good teamwork by passing, breaking presses, and finishing plays for the second half. The game would end in a score of 53-23. “It is only a true loss if we don’t learn from it” explained Coach Meza. The sentiment was echoed throughout the program. “We have a lot to learn from” said Coach Medlock. “We have a great core of girls who play hard every night and it shows.”
Highlights from the night include Alex McGraw hitting two more three pointers giving her five total three-pointers on the season. McGraw has a team-leading 19 points on the season.
Rio Hidaka, the Japanese transfer, ran the point extremely well for Walden Grove. She scored 4 total points including going 2-2 from the charity stripe. Hidaka has 12 points on the young season.
Sophomore Ryan Gilvin scored six points including going 2-6 from the free throw line. She is leading the team in rebounds as well.
Freshmen standout, Bryanna Vaca, notched her first point in a varsity game picking up a made free throw by going 1-2 at the free throw line.
Seniors Mariana Gamillo and Khara Gude also scored today. Gamillo’s three points equal her season’s high for the season. Gude’s two point addition brings her season total of points to 7 total points.
The weekend free throw work improved the shooting percentage. Walden Grove improved to 7 for 15 from the line; a net improvement of 27%.
When asked about the difficulty of the non-conference preseason schedule, coach Meza remarked: “Preseason is for getting better so we welcome high caliber teams like Pusch Ridge.”
Walden Grove takes on another tough opponent in the form of Desert View High School on Thursday.