FREDERICK -- Turnovers have been the Frederick girls basketball team's biggest challenge this season. But against Kennedy on Friday night, turnovers worked in the Warriors' favor.
The Warriors ran a full-court press that forced a total of 28 turnovers and held the Commanders to single digits in all four quarters to win 43-32. Frederick built its lead in the first half, during which the Warriors did not commit a single turnover of their own.
At the heart of the Warriors' possession-changing defense was senior Makenzie Urban. A dangerous threat in transition, the speedy guard conversely became their offensive leader as well.
"I just try to work my butt off no matter how tired I am and make the girls angry," said Urban, who had a game-high five steals. "Normally, I'm not the shooter of the team and I get a lot of my points off turnovers and driving, things like that."
Averaging 18.7 points per game, Urban led all scorers with 21 points. She generated nearly all of her scoring off turnovers and from the free-throw line. She also hit one of her team's two 3-pointers.
Combined with 11 first-half points from Urban, the Warriors' stifling defense earned them a 25-15 halftime lead. They held that lead until the end.
Urban said the Warriors knew they had a good chance of getting a win against the Commanders. Sophomore forward Makenzie DiGesualdo added that the improving Warriors knew what they needed to do for a win and they executed.
"I think, as a team, we just played really well together tonight," said DiGesualdo, who scored eight points. "Tonight I think we really proved how hard we've been working in practice."
Against the Commanders, a scrappy team in the post, Warriors forward Danielle Worley held her own. Averaging 8.75 rebounds per game, the sophomore added seven more boards to her season total.
"It was difficult but I definitely worked my hardest to get in position to get rebounds," Worley said. "They were tough, good players so it wasn't easy."
In a brief scare for the Warriors, starting guard Alex Dufour left the game with an injured ankle just over a minute into the second half. She returned, however, with four minutes left in the fourth quarter.
Friday's win improved the Warriors to 4-2 on the season. They will be off for winter break until they return to face Niwot (2-4) on Jan. 4.
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Frederick 43, Kennedy 32
At Frederick HS
Peterson 3 2-2 8, Davis 0 0-0 0, Schnieder 4 3-8-12, Lamorie 1 0-2 2, Stewart 1 0-1 2, Martinez 0 0-0 0, Herndon 1 0-1 2, Herrera 1 2-2 4, Duran 1 0-0 2. Totals 12 7-16 32.
Redi 2 0-0 4, McCarty 0 0-0 0, DiGesualdo 3 2-2 8, Dufour 1 1-2 4, Urban 6 8-13 21, Sleeth 1 0-3 2, Haas 0 0-0 0, Neu 1 0-0 2, Worley 1 0-0 2, Garland 0 0-2 0. Totals 15 11-22 43.
Score by quarters:
Kennedy 6 9 8 9 -- 32
Frederick 14 11 13 5 -- 43
3-point field goals -- Kennedy (1): Schneider; Frederick (2): Urban, Dufour. Total fouls -- Kennedy 17, Frederick 17. Fouled out -- Herrera. Technical fouls -- None.