Girls basketball: Harder games await Barlow

Joel Barlow High’s Gillian Blackwell (center) looks to pass the ball as Kaynor Tech’s Daelyn Kale (left) and Courtney Hovey close in during a girls varsity basketball game last Thursday, Dec. 6. The Falcons won 47-19 and also defeated Amistad Academy 39-16 in the season-opener a day earlier.—Rocco Paul Valluzzo photo

More competitive games are definitely in store for the Joel Barlow High girls varsity basketball team.

The Falcons did not face much of a challenge in their first two contests of the season last week, easily winning both. Yet they did use them as opportunities to work on certain aspects of their game.

Hosting Amistad Academy on Wednesday, Dec. 5, the Falcons were in control right from the start. They never trailed in a 39-16 win.

Barlow held the visitors scoreless in the first frame while building its lead. Paced by a five-point effort by senior captain Sarah McAniff, the Falcons were up 13-0.

Amistad did not fare much better in the next frame, sinking only one field goal, courtesy of Aijan Fox. On the other end of the court Drew Bartro, Kelly Mahoney Maddie Cammarota and Emma Gallagher all netted two points apiece to make it 21-2 at halftime.

By the time the second half came the Falcons were making frequent substitutions as every player got some time on the court. Although Amistad improved its offense significantly over the last two quarters it never became a threat.

Bartro led Barlow with 12 points. McAniff and Cammarota each had seven while Kelly Gilbert added five.

Mahoney sank four and Katie Williges and Gallagher scored two apiece.

It was more of the same the next day when the Falcons hosted Kaynor Tech in another non-league contest. They again used the opportunity to make frequent substitutions as well as work on their passing game in a 47-19 win.

Dominating the first quarter, the Falcons held the competition to just a field goal by Eduarda Pages while building a lead. Bartro made her presence known underneath with a nine-point effort to help the hosts go up 20-2.

With the Falcons making substitutions in the second quarter it was more of an even game. Both sides hit the three point shot with McAniff sinking two sandwiched around one by Audra Spellman for a 33-12  lead at halftime.

The Falcons had their starters back in briefly at the start of the second half and it was reflected on the scoreboard with an eight-point run. Aside from a field goal by Brianna McGuire to make it 41-14 with less than a minute to go in the third quarter, Kaynor added a free throw by Sydney Craig near the end with Barlow up 43-15.

Both sides netted only two field goals in the last quarter, Barlow’s coming courtesy of Victoria Shea and Gilbert.

Bartro led the Falcons with 13 points. She also had five rebounds. McAniff scored 11 with seven assists and had four steals on defense.

Cammarota scored seven and Gilbert added six. Williges and Shea scored four each and Gillian Blackwwell sank two.

Barlow, now 2-0, hosts Kolbe-Cathedral on Friday and Brookfield on Tuesday. Both games are at 7 p.m.

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