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Galloway girls striving to improve after slow start
by Greg Oshust
January 15, 2013 04:22 PM | 1805 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shai<br>
Galloway's Amelia Cole, left, dribbles the ball down the court during a practice drill.
Staff / Samantha M. Shai
Galloway's Amelia Cole, left, dribbles the ball down the court during a practice drill.
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The 2012-13 season hasn’t been an easy one so far for the Galloway girls’ basketball team.

Nevertheless, despite struggling through a four-game losing streak at one point, the Scots have still managed to stay competitive as they hover around the .500 level at 5-7 overall and 1-3 in Region 5A play going into last Friday’s game against Strong Rock Christian.

“I feel like, right now, that it’s been interesting,” Galloway coach Cliff Waddy said. “We lost a couple of close games and we’re trying to get it all together. We had a lot of breaks early in the season and we haven’t had a chance to practice as much as would have liked to. But, I’m happy with the effort that the girls have given and they are working hard to get better.”

After convincing victories over Yeshiva and Cross Keys to start the season, Galloway went through its toughest stretch of the season in early December with consecutive losses to Fellowship Christian, Walker, Greenforest Christian and Landmark Christian.

All four losses were by close margins, with the Scots losing to Fellowship 26-20 Nov. 30, Walker 31-21 Dec. 1, Greenforest 32-28 Dec. 4 and Landmark 47-42 in overtime Dec. 8.

“We committed too many turnovers and those turnovers cost us a lot of points,” Waddy said.

Injuries have also played a role, with the Scots losing junior point guard Merrill Stovroff to a torn ACL in her right knee. She suffered the injury while playing club soccer last June.

Still, Galloway has shown signs of improvement with a 3-3 record since its four-game skid in December.

While the Scots have struggled to score, averaging only 29 points a game, their stingy defense has allowed only 26 points per contest.

“We have played some good defense,” Waddy said. “Except for the Landmark game, teams have struggled to score 30 points a game against us.”

Galloway has also been helped by the play of junior guard Amelia Cole, who moved over from her regular shooting guard position to replace the injured Stovroff at the point and has led the team in scoring with 11 points a game.

Junior center Marley Richards has provided a solid inside presence with about eight rebounds and two blocked shots per contest, while senior forward Maddie Felt, a four-year veteran, has been a key defensive player.

As Galloway enters the main part of its region schedule, Waddy is confident that the best is yet to come for his team.

“Now that we have more time to practice, we’re getting better and we’re starting to gel as a team,” Waddy said. “We still have a chance to have a good season.”
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