by Jake DeLuca
The Armstrong River Hawks girls varsity basketball team finished 8-16 last season, but this season they are off to the best start anyone could ask for as they sit at 4-0 after their latest victory against the Burrell Bucs (0-4) 59-45.
The first half of the game saw a couple of excellent scorers in Burrell’s Eliza Oswalt scored 22 in the first half while Armstrong’s Kenzie Lasher poured in 16 points of her own. At halftime the score was close with Armstrong holding a 35-28 lead and after halftime Armstrong shut the door defensively.
Heading out of halftime the River Hawks started the third quarter on a 9-1 run forcing Burrell to take a time-out down 44-29. The Bucs would just score three points in the third in a dominant defensive quarter from Armstrong.
In the second half Armstrong limited Oswalt to just 3 points while Kenzie poured in another 15 to finish with a school record 31 points.
After the game River Hawks Head Coach Kirk Lorigan was impressed with Lashers’ performance.
“(Kenzie) really is something else, she’s a quality basketball player, she’s a great all around kid, we figured that we were going to feed her the ball. We always joke that if she hit her (jump shots) then she would have 30 and tonight she could have had 40 (points),” Lorigan said.
With the main components intact from last years team Lorigan explained the biggest difference between this years team and last years team.
“We didn’t win back to back games last year, we were 8-16, we didn’t have a win streak at all and now we have four (wins in a row). The confidence is good, the comradery is great with this group, and they really gel together, they take their roles seriously and know what they can do and what they can bring to the table and that’s really helped us to get to 4-0,” Lorigan said.
The River Hawks will try and make it five straight wins on Friday when they travel to Freeport – tip-off is set for 6:00 PM for JV and 7:30 for varsity.