Darrow Women's Basketball closed out its season on a down note, dropping a 51-38 decision to visiting Woodstock in D's House. Strong effort was not enough to slow down the top player on the visiting team. Seniors Jayme (2 assists, 2 steals) and Royanne (2 points) took the court for the final time in Darrow Black and Maroon - both players will be missed greatly next season. Junior forward Crystal led Darrow with 20 points, including a 3-pointer, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 8 steals. Junior forward Tyler added 10 points and 10 rebounds for a season-ending double double. First year forward Sakina played strong minutes in a reserve role, tallying 4 points and snagging 8 rebounds. Junior forward Naomi was on the front end of a perfect pass (assist) to score combo and later was on the back end of a similar play. First year center Emelia and sophomore guard Rianna provided fire and spark in the game's closing minutes. Darrow finishes the season 11-6.
Darrow Women's Basketball staged a furious comeback before a full D's House but the mountain proved too tall to conquer, as they dropped a 51-45 decision to Storm King in the HVAL Semi-finals. Down by as many as 21, the Ducks cut the lead to 5, but were unable to come any closer, as time ran out. Junior forward Crystal pumped in 18 points, nabbed 7 rebounds and completed 7 steals in the wild back-and-forth game. Junior forward Tyler added 15 points, 3 3-pointers, pulling in 9 rebounds and stealing the ball 6 times. Senior guard Jayme scored 6, led the front of the Darrow press, creating steals and turnovers on several occasions. Junior guard Meredith played with intensity, scored 2 points and made 2 steals. First year forward Sakina played long minutes off the bench, scored 4 points (basket and 2 free throws), had 3 rebounds and 4 deflections. The basket was scored on the back end of a perfect assist-basket combo with junior forward Naomi threading the perfect pass. Darrow is 11-5, 6-4 in HVAL with one game remaining next Wednesday vs. Woodstock.
Missed free throws, foul trouble and simply running out of steam late in a frenetic affair resulted in Darrow Women's Basketball dropping the final league game of the season to Storm King 44-38. The game was exciting and filled with 3 huge lead swings -- Darrow led early 9-0 and was able to sustain that lead into halftime, 17-13. Storm King unleashed an aggressive trapping press in the second half and quickly erased the Darrow lead and pulled ahead by 10. Then the Ducks came back, led by an infusion of energy and smart play off the bench from first year forward Sakina (5 points, career high), taking a 3 point lead that they were unable to protect in the final minutes of the game. Junior guard-forward Crystal led Darrow with 19 points, including 3 3's, 5 rebounds and 7 steals. Junior forward Tyler added 10 points (3 3's) and 10 rebounds. Junior center Leah scored two nice baskets and pulled down 5 rebounds. The team game was attended by 3 4-year Darrow Women's Basketball alumnae - Sarah Adler '05; Bee Awobue '12; LA Traylor '14, all of whom traveled considerable distance to be at the game.
Darrow Women's Basketball sprinted ahead of visiting Faith Christian in the second half to take a 49-40 decision in D's House. The slow paced first half (14-11, Darrow) became a track meet in the second half when FCA's full court press upped the tempo of the game. For the most part, Darrow was successful in breaking the press, leading to many layups and other good shot opportunities. Junior forward Crystal led the Ducks with 21 points, 18 rebounds 3 blocked shots, one of them a thunderous block that set off a roar in the home gym. Junior forward Tyler added 13 points and 15 rebounds while completing 5 steals. Senior guard Jayme (2 points) was once again given the assignment of defending the opposition's best player and did a great job with that task. Senior guard Royanne added 5 points off the bench, including a sweet 3 pointer that brought the crowd to its feet. Junior guard Meredith headed the Darrow press, forcing FCA to use time and energy bringing the ball up the court nearly every possession. Junior center Leah anchored the defense, scored 4 points, and ripped down 7 rebounds. Junior forward Naomi nailed 2 free throws (career firsts!), had two rebounds and connected with Jayme on the front end of a highlight-worthy pass to cutting teammate layup. First year forward Sakina scored at the buzzer, as she and first year Emelia were on the court with the tri-captains, tasked with closing out the win. Darrow is now 11-3, 6-2 in HVAL play and will close its league season with a trip to Storm King on Saturday.
Darrow Women's Basketball came back from a 7-point deficit midway in the second half to edge 3-time defending league champion Oakwood Friends 34-32 on Senior Day in D's House. Junior forward Tyler scored 17 points to lead Darrow, including three 3-pointers. She also generated 7 steals and pulled down 9 rebounds. Junior forward Crystal added 12 points and 17 rebounds in a 32-minute effort. Senior guard Jayme also played the full 32 minutes, leading the Darrow press defense and guiding the offense from the point. She also scored a basket.. on a day when every point mattered. Senior guard Royanne (2 points) rotated in and out with junior guard Meredith and both displayed hustle and desire, forcing several turnovers that allowed Darrow the opportunity for the comeback. At one point in the second half, Darrow had its "Death Lineup" in the game which required Meredith to play the center position, at least for one offensive possession! Junior center Leah effectively anchored the defense and made a crucial free throw down the stretch. Darrow played with poise in the hectic final minute when the visitors were applying intense full court pressure.