Panthers Pounce the Trojans

2013-02-04T14:23:00Z Panthers Pounce the TrojansContributed by Megan Mahoney | Highland High School
February 04, 2013 2:23 pm  • 

HIGHLAND | Throughout the season Highland has continuously struggled and the game against Griffith was no different. Although many of the players put forth their best effort, it just didn’t seem to be good enough to compete with the Panthers. The score might have been improved, but unfortunately the team suffered a great loss of players due to disciplinary actions. Three of their star players were withheld in the first half. Coach Mezera said her team lacked “aggressiveness.”

She found that her team wasn’t putting “enough pressure on the ball handler and didn’t use their bodies in the post.” She also said that practices will not be changed and she will continue to work her team to their full potential.

Both coaches try to prepare for each game by thoroughly scouting the other team. They hope to discover the other team’s weaknesses and strengths to see how the Highland Trojans will match up against the opposing team. Both coaches had very few complaints about the calls made by the referees and they both agreed that a games turnout cant by blamed on the amount of fouls. Coach Mazur said that his team “lacked consistency and at some points they seemed like a star team” but their weaknesses had also been apparent to the Panthers.

However, both coaches were proud of how the team preformed in the second half. In the second half the Highland Trojans scored 17 to the Panther’s 13. This was a big improvement when compared to the first half and the coaches were very pleased with such a tremendous mount of improvement. They hope to continue this second half success in games to come. Coach Mezera had a difficult time choosing an MVP. He was impressed on how both Aleysha Slaven and Alyssa Kikalos played. Slaven did a good job of handling the ball and not making bad decisions with her passes in the second half. Kikalos would have a better performance if she “gained more confidence and knowing she was coming out hot.” He also was impressed with her jumper.

In conclusion, it was a very sad loss for the Highland Trojans because of the great job they had in the second half. Coaches will continue working their players to their fullest potential. They will continue to research their competition and their practices will be consistent. Coaches don’t intend to alter their practicing methods and will hopefully end with a promising season.

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