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The Sports Journal

Lady Hurricanes Basketball Starts Season at 1-1

The New Britain High School Girls’ Varsity Basketball team began their season on Dec. 11 and as of press time, they are 1 – 1 on the season. The girls opened up against a tough and physical Windsor team.

Early in the game, the Hurricanes built up a decent lead, which carried over into halftime. However, in the third quarter, they only made two points, which came off of free throws. Windsor was more physical, began to control he clock, and forced the Hurricanes into their fast-paced tempo. For a while, the Canes had no answers as they missed shot after shot. This continued until the middle of the fourth quarter. It was then where Nikira Hooks saw enough and knew she had to do something about it.

Hooks, who is a senior and who was briefly taken out of the game earlier due to a huge gash on her forehead, got physical and channeled all of her energy into the last four minutes of the game.

She challenged her teammates to finish strong and led by example. Hooks, along with freshman Jamyra Irizarry, took over the game in the final moments of the fourth quarter and drove their team to victory. Irizarry scored seven points in that quarter, which included a three-pointer to help seal the game. Hooks scored ten points and several key rebounds to add to the stat sheet.

The Hurricanes were able to close out the game and begin their season with a win. The final score was 46 – 41.

Last Friday, the Hurricanes took on Northwest Catholic and lost, 69-42. From the very beginning, there was never much rhythm going on for the Canes. While the score remained close throughout the first quarter, it was easy to see that the Canes were struggling to keep up with Northwest, who employed a full court press and a fast break offense throughout the majority of the game.

Coming into the game, Northwest Catholic’s primary goal was to take Nikira Hooks out of the equation and limit what she could do. Their gameplan worked almost perfectly as the Canes struggled to pass the ball and get the ball inside the paint to her. This forced them to shoot from the perimeter. While the Canes have some talented players, it was a night where nothing seemed to be going right.

The game slipped away going into halftime but the Canes began to climb back and at one point, cut their deficit to ten points. However, many of their mistakes from earlier in the game began to pop up again and they could never regain control. They lost by a final score of 69 – 42.

The Hurricanes played on Wednesday night at Farmington and will play again on Monday at 7 p.m. against Hall at New Britain High School.