Preliminary Game (Friday, 12/3/10):
Hyde – Bath 31
Hyde – Woodstock 19
Championship Game (Saturday, 12/4/10):
Hyde – Bath 41
Hyde Women’s Basketball Champions First Annual Aleigh Mills Memorial Tournament
The Hyde Varsity Women’s Basketball team opened their season with two victories over the weekend, bringing home the championship trophy from the Aleigh Mills Memorial Tournament held at Kent’s Hill School. The tournament was established in honor of Aleigh Mills, a former Kent’s Hill student and basketball player who passed away last year. The Hyde team found its leadership this weekend in senior Sage Harris, who was honored as the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player with 21 points in both Friday and Saturdays’ contests as well as seven steals on the weekend. The frontcourt duo of senior Alyssa Thomas and junior Laughlynn Bragg combined for 17 points and an outstanding 41 rebounds over the two games. Thomas also had five blocked shots in the two games, four of which came at key points in the final round on Saturday. Senior Lily Smith contributed to Hyde’s impressive rebounding efforts with 4 rebounds on Friday night and 8 rebounds on Saturday, playing the full 32 minutes in the championship game due mostly to her tenacious defense.
In Friday night’s preliminary game Hyde Bath celebrated its first victory against their sister school’s women’s hoops team in four years, their last win being in the James Roman Tournament of 2006. Hyde Bath led the entire game, bringing the margin to as many as 14 points at one point in the game. Though the Woodstock team connected on some key shots in the third quarter to bring a lead change within sight, Harris’ two layups, two made free throws and a three point shot held off any chance of a Wolfpack comeback in the fourth quarter.
Saturday’s championship game saw a back-and-forth first half; the Hyde team went into halftime leading by one point with a score of 16-15. All points in the first half were scored by Harris (12 points) and Thomas (4 points). Over the third period, Hebron’s defense went into lockdown mode and held the Phoenix to only two points scored by Bragg – a basket that gave way to her big offensive output in the fourth quarter. Hyde went into the fourth quarter down by six points with a score of 24-18, and were unable to jumpstart their offense, still down by 6 points (24-30) with just 3:00 minutes left on the clock. That was when things started to click for Harris, Bragg and junior newcomer Dexie Cercos . Harris started the comeback with a steal and a layup, followed by another two points. Bragg scored 6 points on clutch rebounds and put-backs to keep the Phoenix in the game, and Cercos hit a 3-point shot which put the Phoenix up 37-38 with just over a minute to play. In the last minute a foul on Smith put Hebron senior Janelle Brodish on the free throw line for two shots; she connected on her second attempt to tie the game at 38 with 10 seconds on the clock. Harris took the ball up the floor in the final possession of the game looking for a shot and found Cercos on the right wing, who launched a buzzer-beater 3-point shot which fell as the final buzzer sounded, leaving the Hyde Phoenix on top with a score of 41-38 at the close. This was a huge win for Hyde and a great contribution from Cercos, who scored five points in Friday’s matchup and a clutch 6 points (two 3-pointers) in the final quarter of the championship game. The Hyde women look forward to their first home game against Isleboro on Tuesday, December 14th at 5:00 PM.