It was a tale of two halves for the MacArthur Generals.
The first half was a tightly contested game in which Generals center Vanessa Wyckoff dominated the paint and the boards. In the second half, it was the speed and aggressive play by Jena Cozza that really put away the Colts of Calhoun, 45-28, on Friday night.
If there is one thing that can’t be taught or coached, it’s size. That is exactly what Wyckoff has a whole lot of. Standing at 6’2,” the senior was able to muscle her way down low to put herself in prime position for the ball. Not only could she crash the boards, but she knows how to put the ball in the hoop as well. In the first half, Wyckoff had nine of her team’s 16 points, and added 4 rebounds on top of it. It seemed as if Wyckoff was everywhere on the court, and if there was a ball going up on the defensive or offensive side, Wyckoff was there.
Despite the success of Wyckoff, Calhoun fought tough and were within two points going into halftime. Though once the game reached halftime the duties of providing offense for the Generals seemed to change hands. Those duties fell into the capable hands of junior Jena Cozza.
After Calhoun’s Dana Silvester made a smooth post move for the bucket that tied the game at 16 in the first possession of the second half, Cozza showed off her quick hands. A number of times the stellar guard was able to tap the ball away from her opponent and motor to the hoop for the easy layup. This type of instant offense allowed her team to go on an 11-4 run to start the third quarter. The Generals scored 20 points in the quarter to establish some much needed space from Calhoun as MacArthur was able to more than double their offensive output in the first half.
Moving to the fourth quarter, the Generals would not stop. With a win in their sight, they looked to close the door on their third win of the season and continue to stay undefeated. Although being outscored in the fourth quarter by Calhoun, the Generals were able to cruise to the 45-28 victory.
For the game, Wyckoff’s team-high 15 points and 10 rebounds paced the Generals. Cozza chipped in with 12 big points, Amanda Gross and Courtney Noakes each contributed 7 points a piece. Calhoun was led by Danielle Losee's 10 points and Silvester's 8 points.
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