McGraw varsity girls basketball team pulls away in 2nd half to beat Morrisville-Eaton

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The McGraw varsity girls basketball team defeated the Morrisville-Eaton Warriors 45-38 after a great second half performance. 

“We knew that they were going to come in ready to play,” said McGraw Head Coach Jason Wilbur. “They (Morrisville-Eaton) have had some really close games lately. They’re a Class C school, so they are a little bigger than us, and they always put up a good fight.” 

The McGraw Eagles were down 12-18 at the half, but came alive at the start of the second half. They held the Warriors to five points in the third quarter. 

“We switched up our defense and went to more of a press to man,” said Coach Wilbur. “They (Morrisville-Eaton) were moving the ball inside with ease on our defense. Once we stepped in front and got in between the ball, we really shut them down.” 

The Eagles almost lost an 8 point lead in the 4th quarter. The Warriors came within a point with three minutes left in the game. McGraw Junior Karissa Wilbur led the Eagles with 11 points in the 4th quarter to secure the win. 

“We started off really slow, and weren’t moving as much,” said Wilbur. “My shots weren't falling. Once we got into the second half, I started making more shots because we were moving better. We just needed to play our game.” 

Wilbur ended the game with 26 points. Fellow junior Abbey Augur had eight points, while Alexis Stiles scored six. 

Up next, the Lady Eagles will play at Stockbridge Valley at 10am on Saturday, February 1st.

Here is a highlight video of last night's game: