By Jeremy Caspe, sports editor
Tuesday, January fourth, the Lady Whalers took their first loss of the year to Dennis Yarmouth High School. After winning their first three straight games, two against Falmouth and one against Nauset, it was a hard pill to swallow.
The final score of the game Tuesday was 47-18. In the first half of the game, it seemed like the team was having a rough start. With some key players missing it showed a hard battle for the team. By the second half, they felt as if they had gotten into a rhythm but couldn’t keep up with the Dolphin’s aggressive offensive attack. By the end of the first quarter, with a score of 17-2, the team seemed to be at a plateau with their scoring. By the second quarter, because of a large number of turnovers and errors, the half ended at 32-2.
Senior captain Maclaine Willett said that “our season is going really well so far, we have a lot of team chemistry and work really well together. We have a lot of leadership since there are a bunch of seniors and we are all really close.”
“Although DY didn’t go as planned,” Willett continued, “we played a lot better in the second half. I think the first half just got away from us and we were missing some vital players. I think the next game against them will be a lot better. Overall, I love this team and this season and can’t wait to see where we go from here!” By the middle of the second half, it was obvious that if the team started with the same mentality and aggression they started displaying, they could have won the game.
The biggest problem on the court was the Whalers were getting beat off the line every time. There were multiple steals and turnovers, however, those are all considered fixable mistakes. DY did seem to be a more versatile team in the shooting game and in inside pressure. Due to the fact that they were missing key players and people were put in positions they weren’t used to, it really messed up the team dynamic. Plus, the minimal practice for playing a team like DY was not helping the Lady Whalers. Once they figure out some internal problems, they hope to see a lot more improvement in their team.
That game was DYs first of the season, and, after a win over the Whalers, they are now in second place for the Cape and Islands League—but it does not sound like it will stay that way for a while.
After losing their first game, the Lady Whalers have unfortunately lost two more times against St. John Paul II, on Saturday the 8th, and Falmouth, on Tuesday the 11th. The Lady Whalers had two rescheduled games, Mashpee ad Martha’s Vineyard due to covid concerns and weather, but are preparing for their next game against Sandwich on Wednesday the 19th.