The Holden girls basketball team won its home opener by defeating Crest Ridge by the final score of 38-24 on Thursday, Dec. 1.
Lady Eagle guard Millie Davidson opened scoring with a three-point basket to start off a 16-point first quarter posted by Holden.
“The first play of the game was basically a play to get Millie open for a three,” said coach Kiger. “I did that because she didn’t score in the game before. I wanted her to know that I had confidence in her.”
As Holden added 12 points in the second quarter, a strong first half defensive effort displayed by the Lady Eagles allowed the home team to work to a 28-9 advantage at halftime.
Holden weathered a 15-10 scoring edge posted by the Lady Cougars in the second half.
“The reason we scored was because we shared the ball,” noted Kiger. “Then, you look at we were eight-of-23 from the free throw line. That’s a killer. We’ve just to got to be better at that. It was a tale of two halves.”
The defensive effort focused around Lady Cougar seniors Karley Swope and Cat Baker.
“I can’t say enough about our defense on Karley Swope,” said coach Kiger. “Karley Swope has turned herself into a fantastic player. We only gave up one three (to her). It was a fantastic shot by her. I also wanted to frustrate Cat (Baker) because she’s their point guard. I think our strength is our defense. I’m pleased. Any time you can give up only 24 points, you’re going to win a lot of ballgames.”
For Holden, Davidson finished with a team-high 12 points. Rachel Wamsley scored 8 points. Jaci Gower scored 6 points. With 4 points apiece were Ava Young, Lilee Keller, and Marah Klover.
For Crest Ridge, Baker led with 6 points. Swope scored 6 points. Katlyn Gassen scored 5 points. Kyla Brandes and Chesni Edwards each scored 2 points.
This Friday, the Holden girls basketball team hosts Pleasant Hill for a JV game at 5:30 p.m., and a varsity contest at 7.