by Jamie Harris
Last Thursday night, December 2, the Berkeley Springs Lady Indians varsity basketball team opened their season at home. Berkeley Springs hosted the East Hardy Cougars in front of a pumped up home crowd.
The Lady Indians got off to a fast start as freshman Alaira Harrington scored the first six points for Berkeley Springs. At the end of the first quarter the Tribe led 6-4. In the second quarter the Lady Indians and Cougars each scored 9 points each, however it was the Lady Indians who went into the half up 15-13.
Berkeley Springs outscored the visitors 10-8, in the third quarter, to push their lead to 25-21. In the final quarter the Lady Indians got a much-needed scoring outburst with 15 points to wrap up the 40-26 win.
The Lady Indians (1-0) were led by senior Sara Veara (12 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocked shots) and sophomore Maddie Fauver (10 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals, and 1 blocked shot). Also contributing to the Tribe’s win was Emma Widmyer (7 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals), Alaira Harrington (6 points, 3 rebounds and 5 steals), Harly Didawick (3 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals), and Jazmine Briscoe (2 points, 1 rebound and 1 steal).
As a team Berkeley Springs shot 28.9% from the field and the margin of victory could have been bigger if the Tribe had converted their free throws (11/24).
Up next for Berkeley Springs is a home contest on Monday, December 6 with Faith Christian Academy starting at 6:30 p.m. On Wednesday, December 8 the Lady Indians will travel to Hancock for a 6 p.m. tip-off. On Friday, December 10 the Lady Indians will travel to state power Frankfort for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.