Searle Stomps The Brake

Guard Victoria Searle puts on the brakes and looks for a place to pass the ball during the Lady Mariners’ victory over Sturgis West on Tuesday afternoon.

It had been nearly three weeks since the last time that the Falmouth Academy girls’ basketball team had played a game, but it did not matter for the Mariners on their home court on Tuesday, January 7. Facing off against an overmatched Sturgis West team, the Lady Mariners took control of the game in the first quarter and never looked back in a 40-18 win.

Midway through the first quarter it was obvious that the Mariners defense was going to make life rough for the Navigators. FA won the rebounding battle and forced Sturgis to take shots from the perimeter that were not in the team’s range. After eight minutes of play the visitors had just two field goals, including a three-pointer, and trailed 14-5 as Saniya Rajagopal outscored them herself, with six of her 13 points coming in the stanza.

Things went from bad to worse for the visitors in the second quarter. Falmouth’s defense held Sturgis West to a single free throw in the second quarter. By the half the Mariners had jumped to a 18-6 lead and the rout was on.

Rajagopal used the glass effectively from in front of the rim to get easy shots to fall on her way to a 13-point effort. Leah Croom had eight in the first half and finished with a team-high 17 points. She hit three three-pointers in the game. Croom and Rajagopal teamed to score 14 of the team’s 18 first half points.

FA improved to 3-1 overall with the win.

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