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GFA Hangs Tough on Defense to Beat King

Greens Farms Academy's girls basketball team never truly found its offensive rhythm in Monday's Fairchester Athletic Association game against King of Stamford. Fortunately for the Dragons, the Vikings endured similar offensive futility.

GFA's Alex Dudley scored five of her 13 points in overtime as GFA topped King, 32-28. The Dragons trailed by as many as nine points in the second half. Alexa Sullivan added 10 points and seven rebounds, while Meighan Grady had 10 rebounds.

GFA (2-3) won despite shooting 9-for-43 in regulation from the floor, just 21 percent. After falling behind 23-14 with 10:15 remaining, the Dragons clamped down on the cold-shooting Vikings (10-for-59, 17 percent). Dudley's driving layup with 1:25 tied the game at 25-25. Each team had opportunities to win late in regulation, but neither could  convert.

Dudley's length-of-the-court layup and foul shot with 3:17 left in overtime gave GFA its first lead since 9-8, and the Dragons held on from there. GFA's defense and rebounding were particularly strong in the second half and overtime.

"We wanted to control the ball and stop Tatiana Brown and Domonique Carter-Stanley,'' GFA coach Jennifer Doughty said. "I thought we did a much better job of defending them in the second half."

Doughty was pleased with her team's defensive effort. She also believes the offense will run more smoothly when the team practices more over winter break. The Dragons don't play again until Jan. 6. "We'll always be a defensive team,'' Doughty said. "Our shooting will get better. This was a good way to start the league season."

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