Islander Girls Basketball ...

Sophomore Ella Ackerly excels in two sports, basketball and lacrosse. Ackerly is typically the first front court player off the bench and has been an important contributor to the overall success of the Islander Girls Basketball Team, which has an overall record of 14-8.

Last week the Islander Girls Basketball Team split their two games, including a road loss at Point Loma by the score of 47-28, followed up by a Friday night road win over Patrick Henry by the score of 61-13. Islander Head Coach Toler Goodwin, in his 21st season running the program, characterized Point Loma by saying, “They’re good, but they’re beatable. They have a good deal of size across the front line and they got off to a 10-0 start on us. By the middle of the second quarter, we were doing what we needed to do on offense, and we got the score back to 17-15. We were patient, not rushing our shots. When we followed our game plan on both offense and defense, we got back into the game. Then we started hurrying our shots, turning the ball over, allowed some transition baskets, and we made some mistakes defensively. They closed out the half in pretty good fashion. The score was 25-15 at the half.”

Goodwin continued and said, “It was a game where we didn’t take a ton of shots. We took a total of 41 shots and we had 24 turnovers. We didn’t shoot the ball efficiently. For the game, Janie Ruttert had 18 points, five steals, three assists and five rebounds; Lauren White had four points, two rebounds and two assists; Allison White had two points as did Ella Ackerly and Jen Joseph; and Gianna Spatafore had six rebounds.”

The Patrick Henry game Friday night was a whole different kettle of fish, as the Islanders pitched a 16-0 shutout against the Patriots in the first quarter and never looked back. The Islanders ran the score to 32-5 at the half, on their way to the 61-13 final. It would be fair to say Patrick Henry is in a rebuilding mode, but they played hard until the end. The final 7:30 of the game was played with a running clock, which was fortunate for both sides.

Senior Lauren White entered the game needing 32 points to reach 1,000 for her career. She came close to that mark, scoring 29 in the game, and added two rebounds and three steals to her game stats. Ruttert had a fine all-around game with 16 points, 10 assists, eight steals and a blocked shot; Allison White had six points, three rebounds, two assists and three steals; Spatafore had three points, five rebounds, six assists and three steals; Joseph added three points, three rebounds and a steal; Ackerly had a basket; four rebounds and an assist; and Courtney Williams had a basket, two rebounds and two assists.

Goodwin said of the game, “Lauren White attacked at the foul line a lot more aggressively. She stayed aggressive, played within the game plan, and attacked the weaknesses of the other team. She was doing things that helped the team. Those kinds of games help build positive reinforcement. I thought we responded well after the Point Loma game and we were more active defensively. We were really trying to play how we wanted to play. I called one timeout after we had five one-pass shots, and we had a two-minute period of not scoring. That has cost us in the past and I tried to shut it down then and there. The game gave us an opportunity to see what we can be.”

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