Bears Open 2023 with a Bang

Scanlon fires vs. Smithtown Christian (PC: Gabby Sun)

On Monday afternoon, the girls’ basketball team returned from Christmas break and registered a 55-12 victory over Waldorf to improve their PSAA record to 3-0.

From the jump, the Wolverines simply had no answer for the Blue & White on either side of the ball. Jocelyn McCrain was the tip of the spear on defense, stealing the ball on the first two possession that led to a Quinn Davey score and a layup of her own. A shot clock violation followed before McCrain went coast-to-coast on a layup to prompt a Waldorf timeout. The break did nothing to dull the Bear defense as Chloe Feldman immediately nabbed the third steal of Bears’ six in the quarter. Niamh Scanlon pushed the lead to 9-0 on a putback, and McCrain followed with a floater, before the pair scored layups off of consecutive steals to swell the advantage to 15-0 and cue another Waldorf timeout. McCrain capped the frame with a 3-pointer to give her 11 points and the Bears an 18-0 lead after the first eight minutes.

The offensive avalanche continued in the second period when McCrain and Scanlon each buried 3-pointers in the first minute for a 24-0 edge. Scanlon then stole the ball and scored on consecutive possessions to move the margin to 28-0 before Waldorf finally found the bottom of the net. Scanlon’s 11 points in the quarter fueled The Brook as they took a 35-2 lead into halftime.

The Bears continued to show discipline on defense and unselfish ball movement on offense in the second half, and the Wolverines could not keep pace. Scanlon led all scorers with 19 points to go along with 7 rebounds and 4 assists. McCrain was the other half of a dynamic duo with 16. Davey (5), Feldman (4), Myla Lombardo (4), Soraya Carrano (4), and Ava McCormick (3) rounded out the Bear attack.

The Bears are back in action on January 20 in a rematch at Waldorf.

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