VYPE U: Episcopal Takes on Westfield and Stafford
The Episcopal Knights went 1-1 this week in games against public schools, Westfield and Stafford.
Wednesday, December 9th
The Knights took a win against the Westfield Mustangs. The Mustangs scored after securing the tipoff with an easy layup. Though besides their first layup of the game, Westfield missed many of their opportunities to add some points to the scoreboard in the first quarter. The Knights zone defense against the Mustangs worked effectively to prevent their scoring chances. By the second quarter, Westfield switched their offense up and found their way to the basket.
As for the Knights offense, they began to miss the basket several times. Furthermore, their defense became more aggressive in the second as the team collected ten fouls just in the first half. Heading into the second half, there had been a double technical foul called on both teams. The Knights continued this foul streak, as C. Montgomery led the team with four fouls at the time. Westfield led 35-34 after the third quarter, which would be their only lead of the game.
The last quarter showcased the Knights offense. In the first three quarters, the Knights failed to make 3-pointers. The fourth quarter was their opportunity to redeem themselves. J. Begg who went 0-5 on three-point shots, went 4-4 in the final quarter. Though a close game, the Knights eventually defeated the Mustangs 65-58.
Friday, December 11th
Episcopal took a tough loss to Stafford High School. Stafford's high intensity was led by Z. Haynes, who led the team scoring 9 of 15 first quarter points. Episcopal didn't do much damage in the first half, collecting only 17 points. Leading scorers in the first half for the Knights were be J.Begg and B. Mwamba.
The Second half sparked a major comeback for the Knights. In the third quarter, B. Mwamba manage to score 14 points alone, bringing the Knights back into the game. However, the Spartans managed to extend their lead by 18 with X. Lyalla and G. Bishop contributing four points each.
In the final quarter, Episcopal managed to tie up the score with Stafford. In the final quarter both teams consistently utilized timeouts to slow the flow of momentum. D. Brodie led Episcopal in the fourth quarter with a total of 11 points, three of those being 3-pointers. Alongside Brodie, W. Turlington and W. Taylor both made clutch free throws to close the gap in the final seconds. However, the Knights fell short of the win and lost 56-61.