The Gryphons, displaced from their home court by the musical “Working”, still had enough working for them to defeat King Low Heywood Thomas on the neutral Greenwich Academy court February 20, 65-57.
By Mitch Silver
The Gryphons, displaced from their home court by the musical “Working”, still had enough working for them to defeat King Low Heywood Thomas on the neutral Greenwich Academy court February 20, 65-57. Building a 15-point lead, the team from Rye withstood a late Vikings press thanks to junior Elizabeth Eiden, who had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and senior Julie Kellett, who chipped in 14 points.
What that win in the quarterfinal round of the Fairchester Athletic Association girls basketball tournament did, though, was send the locals up to New Haven to face top-seeded and undefeated Hamden Hall in the semifinals. Worse, the five win/four loss Gryphons were missing three of their starters due to injury: Maggie Welsh, point guard and former Con Ed Athlete of the Week; Josie Amerson, high-scoring power forward; and Elizabeth Curcio, a stalwart on the boards.
Having earlier in the season dropped a 70-58 tussle (though it was closer than the final score indicates) to this same Hornets team, the team and their Coach Mike Duignan knew what they were up against. “They play fast, and that can wear you down. This time it was a track meet.”
A track meet with three-point shooting, that is: the home team’s Rachel Plotke finished the game with 19 points … 15 of them on threes. In fact, despite tight man-to-man Holy Child marking, the Hornets would make eight bombs in the first half alone! All that sharpshooting turned an early lead of 19-11 into a 49-20 difference at the half. Game over.
The scoresheet showed Eiden with eight points and eight boards, while Kellett also played tough: she had nine rebounds and seven assists to go with five points. The DelPriore sisters, Bridget and Dulce, had eight rebounds and four steals between them, and Casey Diaz hauled in seven boards on her own.
Despite the loss, Coach Duignan was upbeat. “We outscored them 15-14 in the second half, we’ve got the NYSAIS tournament coming up, plus we’ve had good, close victories over Portledge and Poly Prep. And anyway, our girls don’t look back; 24 hours after a game, they’re just on to the next challenge.”