Senior Driven Towson Girls Basketball Ready for More Success

Towson's girls basketball team has looked like one of Baltimore County's best so far this season. The Generals are 10-2, with their two losses coming against undefeated Hereford, and a strong Perry Hall team. Other than those two losses, Towson has been a force, beating Loch Raven, Lansdowne and Patapsco among others.

The team's season got off to a great start when they topped their biggest rival, Dulaney, 41-33. It was a road win for the Generals, which gave Towson an early opportunity to see how the team would respond to pressurized situations.

It can't be understated how important the win was for Towson, with head coach Rebecca Moyer saying the match-up is more of a playoff game for both teams.

"The girls were honestly pumped for that game," Moyer said. "It was the first game of the season and they had two great practices right before, which carried into the game. The victory was the start of a great season. It made the girls pumped for the rest of the season."

In addition to the win over Dulaney, Moyer cites the game against Lansdowne as a marquee performance by the Generals. Towson jumped out to an early lead in that contest, before sliding back and eventually being down by 10 by the end of the first quarter.

The team, led by Jordan Gans' 15 points and 19 rebounds, rallied and refused to quit.

"The girls worked together in that game and didn't fall apart, even when we were down," Moyer said. "The second half was just a battle back and forth. It could have gone either way, but we won that game by two."

The win over Lansdowne does an excellent job of showing one of Towson's biggest strengths: its chemistry. The team is led by a group of six seniors, four of whom start. Those girls set a good tone, which the rest of the team follows.

"The girls have been playing with each other since they were freshmen," Moyer said. "I think I've said this the past three years, but they really do have a chemistry together."

Samantha Chodkowski epitomizes the team's tireless approach to basketball. Moyer highlights Chodkowski as the team's leader on the court. She refuses to stop working hard, even if the team is down by a large amount.

Gans has been one of the team's statistical leaders. Her double-double against Lansdowne isn't her only one, as she has consistently performed for the Generals all season.

Nicole Guy-Thomas and Emmey German have also had standout seasons for Towson. Guy-Thomas is a player Towson likes to get involved early on the offensive end, by either getting her to drive to the hoop or taking a few jump shots.

German, a junior, is the team's lone starter who isn't a senior. She leads the team in steals and has been exceptionally effective from behind the three-point line.

Combining the team's diverse skill sets makes Towson a difficult team for opponents to match up with. Moyer is hoping the team can translate its early season success to more wins later in the season, especially in the playoffs.

"This season I am hoping that we can win more playoff games," Moyer said. "We won the first one last year, but lost the second one against Westminster. My goal is to win two this year, and three would be amazing!"
January 29th, 2016By: Wick Eisenberg

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