Three games into the season, it seems the Deerfield girls basketball team is looking for its offensive identity. In their fist win of the season on Thursday, they scored 62 points. But in their two losses, they've been held to 30 points or less and the Warriors struggled to score on Evanston's defense in a 50-29 loss Saturday night at Deerfield's Thanksgiving Classic.
The Wildkits pressure defense forced Deerfield into committing 15 turnovers, which Warriors Head Coach Mike Muldrow felt was the biggest key to the game.
"Evanston did a great job mixing up their defenses," Muldrow said. "They pressed us and they came back and did some half court trap and then they laid off that and played some zone. We just never really got in a good rythem of what we were doing."
Despite the offensive struggles, it was still a nine point game going into halftime thanks to a six-point first quarter from Kathleen Forrest and a half-court buzzer beater from senior Katie Conroy to end the first half.
"If anybody's going to shoot it, Conroy's good at it," Muldrow said. "I had a lot of confidence that she was going to at least make a good attempt at it. I won't be surprised if she hits another one this year."
Deerfield would cut the lead down to seven early in the third quarter, but they wouldn't get much closer than that. Evanston would outscore the Warriors 20-9 in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
Deerfield was led offensively by Forrest with 12 points. Junior Liz Yucknut chipped in seven points. The Wildkits got 12 points from Allison Slaughter and eight from both senior Emma Mihevc and freshman Sierra Claybourn.