In the second quarter, senior captain Jenny Walker lead the Giants’ offensive outburst with 14 points. Similar to Horstmeyer, Walker knew going into the game that it was not going to be easy and fully expected a challenging match.
“Drake is one of the schools in our district, and any school in our district is one of our rivals so there’s always more energy than normal but we always have to stay composed and we can't let that rivalry get in our heads,” Walker said.
Horstmeyer also contributed 11 points in the second quarter and as shots started to fall for the Giants, the Redwood’s confidence began to grow. Horstmeyer acknowledged the competition and the threats that the Pirates brought.
“I do think it was a tough match because I do think they are a good physical team and there really fast running up and down,” Horstmeyer said.
Redwood slowly started to gain points and by the end of the first half, the score was 25-22 with Redwood in the lead.
From that point on, the game felt as if a switch had been flipped, according to Walker, with the enthusiasm skyrocketing and the points followed.
Coach Diane Peterson understood the tough competition but through it all believed they would pull through.
“I think the best part [of the game] was us overcoming adversity, that first half was really tough and the girls responded really really well and made some adjustments and played like the team that we know we are, it was great,” Paterson said.
The Giants demonstrated strong offensive skill and dominated the third quarter by finishing with a 42-27 lead. The high spirits and strong playing did not stop there and carried over to the fourth quarter.
“My favorite quarter was the fourth quarter because the energy was high and the intensity was really really high, just the physicality was there and everything,” Horstmeyer said.