The Lady Lancer basketball team started off the new year with their first win of the season on Tuesday, Jan. 7. The team beat the Lawrence Free State Firebirds 38-34 at East infront of a large crowd. The Lancers are now 1-4.
The Lancers started off the game down 6-12 at the end of the first quarter. However, they were able to slowly pull ahead of the Firebirds. By the fourth quarter, both teams were neck and neck with each other.
“We got it a little bit at a time,” senior Molly Ross said. “There wasn’t one play that put us back into the game, it was just every few plays we would kind of get a leg up on them. We’d do a little better each play.”
Freshman Kyle Haverty attributes some of the success of the game to the practices the team went through during the break. Coach Austin Klumpe led the team in practices almost every day for three hours on transition, offense and defense. The guards and posts were split up to work individually.
“[Practice over break] all brought us together because we really needed a win and we hadn’t practiced that much together,” Haverty said. “I think we all got a lot better.”
The Lancers will take on SM North on Friday, Jan. 10 at 5:30 p.m. at East. North is 3-2 overall.
“I feel like we had kind of getting down on ourselves just with the losses and so it was a good confidence booster for the rest of the season to start off the 2014 year,” senior Emily Dodd said. “I think that because we have one game won that in the next couple games we’ll just have more energy and confidence on the court.”