Wheaton Girls Basketball Gaining Confidence

The Knights girls have emerged from a dark period and are playing with confidence on the court as they earn their 4 victory. Four more than the previous three years combined.

On Wednesday, the Lady Knights traveled to Einstein HS bound and determined to accomplish something significant for the Wheaton girls basketball program.  Not only get a win but gain a little respect along the way.  In the three years prior, the Wheaton girls have been winless.  At an average of 20 games a season, including playoffs, that’s a lot of disappointment and heartache.  Not this season.  Second year Head Coach Michelle Snape has lead the team to not only their first win last month against Rockville HS, but two more prior to Wednesday.  When the Knights took the court the girls clearly walked with a confidence previous teams hadn’t.  Out of the gate the Knights took control of the Titans and never looked back.  The first quarter set the tone with Wheaton in front 14-4.  Although the second period got sloppy by both teams with several missed shots and turnovers, the Knights continued to lead at the half 20-7.  This was also a milestone night for Freshman Chynna Smith.  On the night she scored a season high 23 points, while grabbing five rebounds and hitting on five, 3-pointers.  In the second half she found a sweet spot on the floor around the left side of the 3pt arch rattling off three straight jumpers.  Often feed by Junior point guard Rakeb Teklu.  Senior Center Kodesha Dubuche was also strong in the paint with several blocks and 4 rebounds.  She also added 10 points.  Einstein Junior Guard Abbey Buckingham lead Einstein with 10 points.  Senior Center Eyvonnka Rizkallah had 8 points.  In the end, Wheaton coasted to a 41-28 win improving to a 4-9.  When Coach Snape was asked after the game what the answer has been on the turnaround season she responded, “It’s all them.”  The Knights don’t have an easy opponent coming up.  They next play Damascus (14-2) at home tonight at 5:15pm.

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