By: Connor Canfield
Parma Heights, Ohio- Senior Night for the Valley Forge Patriots brought some good fortune to the Seniors as they led the Patriots past the Warriors 58-39. It was one of those games where the scoreboard did not dictate the game, however. The Warriors fought tooth and nail to fight in this game and were able to challenge the Patriots into the fourth quarter.
The girls for Valley Forge, like their male counterparts on Friday night, were able to race out of the gates hot and rush out to a 9-1 lead early in the first. Fairview was stumped offensively where they kept trying to feed the ball inside but just couldn’t find a look. The Patriots would lead 11-4 after one. They were led by Jada Benjamin and Lameice El-Madhoun with 5 while Jada Witnik had the only field goal of the first quarter and it was a three-ball.
The second quarter went much better offensively for the Warriors. They still were outscored in the quarter but they put up a fight. But Fairview just couldn’t stop the senior Benjamin as she put up another 6 points for the Patriots. The Warriors were led by Gabbie Davenport who put up 5 points. The Patriots would lead 26-15 at the half.
The third quarter is where the Warriors would come alive, however. They smothered the Patriots only allowing 9 points in the entire quarter while scoring 16 of their own. They would slowly climb back into the game and with one Maeve Mesaros offensive rebound and bucket plus a foul, the Warriors were within one. They would go into the fourth trailing by 4. Benjamin once again led the Patriots with 5 while Hailey Weaver came alive offensively scoring all 8 of her points in the third quarter.
The fourth quarter is where it got away for the Warriors. They traded blows back and forth with the Patriots for the first couple of minutes but Valley Forge would pull away and Fairview would pull the starters with 90 seconds left which led to a couple of garbage time buckets for the Patriots and they would go on to win 58-39. Valley Forge had a couple of girls with at least 20 points as Benjamin would have 25 on the night while El-Madhoun had 22 for the Patriots. The Warriors were led by Leila Discenza with 11 points while Davenport and Weaver added in 8 as well.
The Warriors fall to 0-5 (0-3 GLC) on the year with the loss while the Patriots open 1-0 (1-0 GLC). The Warriors move on to face Elyria Catholic Saturday while the Patriots head to rival Parma.