Greens Farms Academy girls basketball coach Jen Doughty knew Hamden Hall liked to shoot from the perimeter. What surprised her was how many of the Hornets' players could do it.
Hamden Hall stopped GFA, 70-59, Wednesday in a showdown for first place in the Fairchester Athletic Association. Stephanie Garofoli scored a career-high 32 for GFA, which fell to 14-7 overall and 6-2 in the league. Hamden Hall improved to 14-2, 7-1 in the league.
Hamden Hall buried nine three-pointers in the win, including six by Kelsey McCray (25 points). GFA, one of the top defensive teams in the FAA, had hands in the faces of Hornets shooters, but to no avail. "We knew they wanted to shoot from outside,'' Doughty said. "Every one of their players is a threat. That's the most points we've given up all season."
Led by the inside presence of Garofoli, GFA appeared poised to pull off the upset. The Dragons raced out to a 10-2 lead four minutes into the game, and were still up, 36-31 with 1:17 left in the first half after a basket by Caroline Kruk. Hamden Hall scored the final seven points to take a 38-36 lead. Garofoli had 22 in the first half.
GFA was still knocking on the door in the second half after Garofoli scored with 12:00 minutes left to give the Dragons a 44-43 lead. Hamden Hall went on an 8-0 run, sparked by two three-pointers, and never trailed again.
Alexa Sullivan added 14 points for GFA and Garofoli added six rebounds and three blocks. The contest was the final regular season home game for seniors Garofoli, Sullivan, Allie Kruk, Jenna Pittleman and Alex Dudley. They were all honored in a pre-game ceremony.
Hamden Hall has won 10 straight games, including seven straight in the FAA. The Hornets have not lost since Dec. 19. "I hope we see them in the championship game [of the FAA tournament],'' Doughty said. "I think the girls are playing well going into the tournament. We'd like to get another shot at them."
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