Frazier girls basketball team moves above .500
For a team still trying to develop confidence and winning habits, any victory is a good one.
The Frazier girls basketball team won just one game two years ago but followed up with a 10-13 season last year under new coach Shara Zupanc.
This season, the Commodores continue to be on the upswing.
The Commodores won their third straight game Wednesday and saw their record climb above .500 with a 37-24 nonsection win over visiting Yough.
“We're still trying to make progress, and we want to play well, even in our nonconference games,” Zupanc said.
This game, like many Frazier (7-6) has played this season, was close. But the Commodores owned the fourth quarter, outscoring the Cougars, 13-5.
“Almost all our games are close,” Zupanc said. “But we are good at keeping our composure. We are slow to gain momentum, but they handle pressure well.”
Yough (6-9) held a 10-9 lead heading into the second quarter thanks to a pair of baskets from Natalie Beers, who led the Cougars with nine points. But in the second quarter, the Commodores played sound defensively and did a nice job of limiting Yough's second-chance opportunities.
Meanwhile, Hannah Kline's 3-pointer and Kaley Barota scored two baskets from in tight to help Frazier take an 18-13 lead into the half.
The third quarter was a struggle for both teams to put points on the board.
At one point, Yough cut Frazier's lead to three points, but Frazier's Cassidy Guiser hit a jumper in the closing seconds to stake Frazier to a 24-19 edge.
Then in the fourth, Guiser made a big 3-pointer — her second of the game — to help the Commodores grab a 27-21 lead. Guiser finished with a game-high 10 points.
Yough tried to draw closer with a press, but the Commodores beat it. Jamie Muccioli hit 5 of 6 free throws in the closing minutes to put a lid on the Frazier victory.
“Jamie is our best free-throw shooter, and we have clutch players at the end,” Zupanc said.
For the Cougars, the offense couldn't find a rhythm after the first quarter. In fact, Yough managed just three baskets in the second half.
“We just don't put the ball in the basket enough,” Yough coach Greg Melvin said. “We have to finish inside. And when we did get the ball in there, we didn't take advantage of it.”
Frazier plays at Serra on Thursday.
Jason Black is the Local Sports Editor of the Daily Courier. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.