Simone Hall isn’t the Westcliff University women’s basketball team’s emotional leader, that’s senior Lauren Davis.
Hall isn’t the Warriors’ leader on the floor, either, that’s captain Mary Dishoian.
Hall is something different, but make no mistake, she’s a leader.
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Back when the Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl with running back Marshawn Lynch, the players on that team always spoke about Lynch’s unique brand of leadership.
Lynch rarely spoke to the media, and wasn’t a vocal leader in the locker room, but his Beastmode style of running was so hard-fought, it raised their collective level of play through his example.
Whatever Lynch was to the Seahawks, so too is Hall to the Warriors.
She doesn’t say much, but her play is ferocious. And her teammates raise their level of play through her example.
Friday at Santiago Canyon College in Orange, the Warriors were fantastic in 20-piecing St. Katherine, 82-62, for their second win over the Firebirds this season.
Hall went Beastmode, scoring a game-high 21 points in 27 minutes, on 8-of-11 shooting from the floor. She also collected seven rebounds, three on the offensive end, two assists, and a steal.
Meanwhile, Davis and Dishoian did their thing, both finishing with five dimes. Dishoian turned in eight points and six steals, and Davis destroyed the glass for 10 boards to complement her 14 points.
“Second game’s always interesting after you beat someone,” Westcliff head coach Kyle Rouse said. “I thought we were comfortable with our adjustments, and actually played off them really well.”
The Warriors went on a defense-fueled run in the third, and tallied the quarter with a 21-11 showing.
“The biggest thing for us was switching to our Duke defense when we went on that crazy run in the third with the trap,” Rouse said. “They did a great job adjusting to it. There’s been times in the past when we’ve made adjustments and they weren’t able to execute. This time, they executed, and that was the game, honestly.”
Rouse said although the Warriors only turned in two offensive rebounds in the first, they made the adjustment at halftime, started using their size advantage, and dominated the rebound and hustle battles in the second half.
“I’m really proud of them,” he said. “Getting on the floor for loose balls – that’s what Westcliff basketball is supposed to look like.
“It was a quality win.”
Mia Jones was fantastic again, especially on the defensive end, where she had a cookie party with four steals to complement four boards, a pair of dimes and 10 points.
Andrece Tate looked good coming off a recent injury in limited minutes, draining a triple and finishing with six. Patty McClure did work on the defensive glass with four rebounds and chipped in five on the scoreboard.
Murrellene Woodson was solid yet again, finishing with eight, and turning in a pair of rebounds, steals and assists, respectively.
Mammusu Secka lived in St. Katherine’s passing lanes, swiping four steals total, while finishing with six points.
Up next for the Warriors will be a tough Feb. 13 matchup at Cal Baptist. Tip is scheduled for 5 p.m.
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