BY ANDY JUNE AND EMILY DAVIS
The JV girls played the Will C. Wood Cats on January 11, 2019. Unfortunately, the Panthers lost the jump ball at the start of the game, but it did not hold them back from scoring above the Cats in the first. Freshman, Jayden Prince, got out of the gates early scoring 9 out of the Panthers 13 points. At the end of the first, the Cats were able to score 10 points, but luckily Benicia was still ahead by 3.
During the second quarter, many free throws were shot and many points were added to the scoreboard. With a team total of 16 points in the second, freshman, Monica Abril, had 7. With draining a three-point shot in the basket, she also had two fast breaks advancing the team up four more points. By halftime, the score was 29-12 with Benicia in the lead.
After the break, it was a somewhat low scoring quarter with the Panthers only having scored 13 points. Yet, their defense only let the Cats score four points over the whole course of the third quarter. Benicia’s fouls did come up to five, but not enough to let Wood go into bonus. The third quarter ended with 42-16 Panthers.
Being up by 26 points, it did not leave the Panthers worried that they weren’t going to win that game, but they still played hard all through the fourth. The Panthers defense really came out in the fourth with only letting Wood get one point off of a free throw. With scoring 14 points in the fourth, the Panthers put their ending score to 56 and the Cats score at 17.
Later, the Benicia Panthers Varsity Girls Basketball team took on the Will C. Wood Cats Varsity Girls Basketball team. The game was one of the many games to be played that day by the Benicia High School Basketball, and was one of the last games to be played that day, followed up by the Varsity Boys Team.
The Game started off by the starting team for both schools announced, Introducing the players by grade level, name, then height. After the first 5 players were announced, the game began.
Starting off the game, both teams fought hard and kept the score at 0-0 for the first few minutes, until the visiting team took the lead with 8-0. The Panthers then followed up and kept the game relatively even for the first quarter ending 10-8 with the Wood Cats ahead.
The second quarter started with much anticipation, and many fouls. Player Delaina Hunt getting fouled on the shot, caused little debate with the refs, but was waved off and the Panthers took the ball in from the sidelines after denying 5 her free throw. The quarter ended close again 15-18 with the Panthers pulling ahead.