PAULLINA - In the season opener for both teams on Tuesday, the South O'Brien girls came out confident and looked like the seasoned team they are, as the Wolverines stormed to a 14-0 lead against the inexperienced Alta-Aurelia girls after one quarter of play. Alta-Aurelia coach G.G. Harris said he felt the Alta-Aurelia girls were "very nervous and still did not know what to really expect" when the game started. The final score of the game was South O'Brien 50, Alta-Aurelia 33.
"For all my girls," said Harris, " this was their first real varsity start and game, (and) they did not really settle into the speed and physicality until the second half."
Rachel Husman led the Warriors in scoring with nine points, all from the free throw line, on 9-12 shooting from the stripe.while Valarie Hernandez added eight. Taler Stanton led A-A with five rebounds and Tayler Rohwer had four. On the defensive side, Stephanie Robbins had five steals for the Warriors.
Alta-Aurelia shot 20 percent from the floor on 9-46 shooting. Coach Harris said the Warriors got a lot of shots up that were high quality shots, but added that he didn't feel his inexperienced team was ready for the physicality of the game and that they have to start anticipating contact and finishing up strong.
At the line, the Warriors were 15-27 for 56 percent. Harris said his team needs to be stronger taking the ball to the basket and then step up and knock down their free throw attempts.
Harris said that "South O'Brien is a very physical and talented team, with strong varsity experience, and they were able to exploit our inexperience and control the pace of the game."
No South O'Brien individual or team statistics were made available.