By Summer Patsko
The Valley Forge girls basketball team opened the season Wednesday with a 59-39 win over Fairview. It was Senior Night for the Patriots, and seniors Jada Benjamin and Lameice El Madhoun combined for 47 points.
“We definitely came out a little unsteady and nervous at first, but with our senior leadership and pressure from our underclassmen, we were able to quickly rebound,” said coach Brittney Matuschek. “Luckily in the second half I thought overall though, we played good, put up a good fight, stayed solid through our game and really exploited the other team’s weaknesses.”
The Patriots led 26-15 at the half, but Fairview rallied in the third quarter to trail by a point, 32-31. Benjamin hit a clutch 3-pointer to close out the third quarter and take back momentum. The Patriots then outscored Fairview 24-8 in the fourth quarter to pull away.
“ I thought we started off sloppy which was to be expected but I thought we cleaned it up in like late third quarter, early fourth quarter and once we were dialed in we were able to get out to a big lead and finish the game, “ said Benjamin
The Patriots used a press and aggressive defense to get easy buckets in the fourth quarter. Benjamin finished with 25 points, El Madhoun scored 22. Jurnee Amill had five points, Emily Beckner had four and Kailey Quinones had three.
“ Our intensity was very high, even after a bad shot or something like that we would get back on D and get the ball back and go up for layups,” said El Madhoun. “We would take smart shots. Even if we missed we would get back, get in transition. We played good defense and our bigs kept getting back when we needed them. We had a lot of steals, and I think our shots were very good.”
The JV Patriots also beat Fairview, 37-32. Alysa Coyne led the Patriots with 13 points, Cloe Rzecycki and Amanda Fealkovich both scored seven.
They travel to Cloverleaf on Friday night to take on the Lady Colts for their road debut.