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Fleetwood girls basketball defeats Wyomissing behind physical defense [updated]

In a game that featured 36 fouls, Fleetwood junior Alexis Hess was undeterred by the physical play on the court.

Hess was 6-for-6 from the free throw line and scored 22 points to lead the Tigers to a 49-33 win over Wyomissing in a Berks Girls Basketball League Division III game Tuesday night at Fleetwood.

The Tigers (2-0 Berks III, 4-3) and Spartans (1-1 Berks III, 4-4) played aggressive defense, leading to fouls on nearly every possession. Fleetwood committed 20 team fouls, while Wyomissing had 16.

“Too much fouling, (but) otherwise, we won the game because of our effort on defense,” Tigers coach Steve Zeller said. “These games are battles, you got to fight for everything.”

Fleetwood was efficient from the free throw line, going 13-for-18. In addition to Hess, junior Bianca Findon was also perfect from the line, going 2-for-2.

On the other side, the Spartans went 14-for-26 at the line. Freshman Amaya Stewart went 3-for-5 and led Wyomissing with 11 total points.

The game remained even in the first quarter, as both teams struggled to find their rhythm. The Tigers led 11-7 after eight minutes of play.

“We made sure we had the mindset to just keep working and push, because we know they’re a really good program,” Hess said. “We really stressed having intensity and hustle.”

Fleetwood began to take control late in the first half and finished the second quarter on a 7-0 run. The Tigers led 22-13 at halftime and remained in front the rest of the way.

“In a game like this, that’s huge,” Zeller said about the scoring run. “Then we came out of the locker room at halftime and kept it up.”

Fleetwood played well on both ends of the court in the third quarter, outscoring the Spartans 15-8. Hess had eight points in the third.

“We made sure we took that momentum and just went with it,” she said. “It felt great going into the second half after halftime and having that momentum.”

With 22 points, Hess has scored 20 or more in three games this season, including the last two. She leads the Tigers in scoring through seven games.

“A great, all-around game,” Zeller said about Hess’ performance. “She’s a great teammate.”

Senior Julia Kaskey had a season-high 14 points for Fleetwood. She has scored in double figures in two of the Tigers’ last three games.

“We played a really great game today,” Hess said. “I saw the hustle in all the girls on the team.”

Source: Berkshire mont

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