The University School girls’ basketball team defeated University Lake School 43-31 in a non-conference game at USM Wednesday.
It was USM’s first victory of the young season. The Wildcats overpowered the Lakers in the first half. Evan Burlew, USM’s head coach, said, “It was a good victory for us. We played well in the first half. We got a lot of looks and a lot of shots. We played with intensity were more active on offense and our rebounding was better than in our first two games. Amber Baker and Kendall Youngblood did a real good job, leading us in scoring, but it was a full team game everybody who played contributed either offensively or defensively. I saw a lot of hustle.
Youngblood scored 13 points in the first half and Baker scored 15 including two three pointers to lead the Wildcats went to the locker room with a 30-9 halftime lead. Burlew said, “At one point early in the second half we had a big lead, but ULS has a lot of seniors, so I knew the game wasn’t over.”
The Lakers did edge closer in the third quarter. The Wildcats withstood the onslaught, however, and rallied to the victory with solid play in the final quarter.
“This win was a real confidence builder,” said Burlew. “We will use this game to help us play better in the future.”
USM is now 1-2. The Wildcats open their Midwest Classic Conference on Saturday when they travel to Hartland to face Lake Country Lutheran at 5:45 p.m.
Score by Quarters
USM Scoring Leaders:
Amber Baker: FG 2 pt 1; 3 pt 2; FTA 13; FTM 11; TP 19;
Kendall Youngblood: FG 2 pt 8; 3 pt 0; FTA 8; FTM 3; TP 19;