Strong Showing for Wolfpack Girls VBB in Two Matchups

Hyde-Woodstock Girls Varsity Basketball vs. Williams

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Hyde-Woodstock – 47
Williams – 42

Hyde made the trip to New London and the campus of Connecticut College to face Williams in a league game.  For the first time in weeks the team was at almost full strength.  In the first half of the game Williams was playing well and shooting lights out.  Hyde, on the other hand, struggled to contain Williams defensively and the only player that was scoring was Andrea Crute ’12.  The team went into halftime thirteen points down.  During halftime the wolf pack decided on the strategy of taking the ball to the hoop in order to force the other team to foul.  This strategy had worked earlier in the week against Wheeler.  Gradually the team closed the gap behind the scoring of Lara Cornelius ’11 and Andrea Crute each respectably scored twelve and thirteen points in the second half.  Rebounding was also a key in getting second chance points offensively and preventing Williams from getting second chance points.  Becca Katz ’12 hit four critical free-throws to put Woodstock ahead.  With the clock winding down and Hyde up by three Bryn Nolan stole an inbounds pass and made a basket to put the wolf pack up by five and the game out of Williams’ reach.  It was a great team effort and bodes well for next year with a lot of the team returning.  The scoring was as follows; Katie Smith ’12 0-1-1, Katherine Hagood ’13 1-0-2, Becca Katz ’12 0-4-4, Bryn Nolan ’12 3-0-6, Lara Cornelius ’11 4-4-12, and Andrea Crute ’12 7-6-22.  Hyde faces Wheeler on Monday at home.

Hyde-Woodstock Girls Varsity Basketball vs. Wheeler

Hyde-Woodstock – 32
Wheeler – 34

Hyde hosted Wheeler in a rematch of the overtime game last Wednesday.  Early on it became apparent that Wheeler was on a mission to avenge their loss and Hyde was a bit complacent settling for outside shots as opposed to taking the ball to the basket which has been the team’s bread and butter.  The shots were not falling and Hyde was getting beat on the back end with fast breaks.  The wolf pack went into halftime ten points down.  Since the outside shots were not falling it was decided to once again employ the drive to the basket and hope to get fouled strategy.  The team closed the gap but never was able to take the lead.  It was a four point game with a minute to go but Hyde would never get closer than two.  The girls worked hard but it was not their day.  The scoring was as follows; Katie Smith ’12 0-1-1, Katherine Hagood ’13 1-3-5, Becca Katz ’12 4-0-8, Lara Cornelius ’11 4-1-9, Andrea Crute ’12 3-3-9. Hyde goes to face Lincoln on Wednesday.

Coach Pam Bertschy