Wolfpack Girls Varsity Basketball Wins Big at Aleigh Mills Tournament

Friday, December 2

Hyde Woodstock: 34
Hyde Bath: 22

In the opening round of the Alleigh Mills Tournament on Friday night, Hyde Woodstock faced off against sister school Hyde Bath. After just three practices, the team overcame the first-game jitters to build a comfortable halftime lead. Maureen Bellwoar ’13 and Jenna Kowalski ’13 led the team’s stellar first half defense, forcing turnovers and limiting their opponents’s shot opportunities. Holding a 15-4 advantage after the first 16 minutes, the Wolfpack held off a spirited Phoenix team in the second half by pushing the tempo offensively. Andrea Crute ’12 set the tone by attacking the basket off the dribble, finding easy opportunities and making it to the free throw line an impressive 9 times. Andrea led the team with 17 points followed by Kelly Umutoni ’12, with 7. Katherine Hagood ’13 chipped in 6 points off two three-point shots, with Becca Katz ’12 rounding out the scoring with 4. The 12 point victory was an impressive display of teamwork and moved the team into the championship round.

Saturday, December 3

Hyde Woodstock: 31
Kent’s Hill: 25

Following its first-round victory over Hyde Bath, the Wolfpack faced off against tournament host Kent’s Hill in the championship game Saturday afternoon. In a back-and-forth first half, Hyde struggled to contain a talented Kent’s Hill team and got in early foul trouble. Entering halftime down 14-17, the Wolfpack recommitted itself to fundamental defense and proceeded to lock down the paint in the second half with a stifling zone defense. In the third quarter, Hyde’s defense did not surrender a single point and turned the three-point deficit into a five-point lead. In the fourth quarter, Hyde was able to hold Kent’s Hill at bay with fantastic ball movement and solid free-throw shooting. When Kent’s Hill got within four points late, Becca Katz ’12 iced the victory by calmly hitting two free throws. Once again, seniors Andrea Crute and Kelly Umutoni led the team in scoring with 17 and 7 points, respectively. Also scoring were Jenna Kowalski ’13 and Maureen Bellwoar ’13. The victory over Kent’s Hill earned Hyde the Alleigh Mills Tournament championship, with Andrea Crute taking home most outstanding player honors. More importantly, the tournament established an early foundation for success as the team displayed a commitment to teamwork and hustle over the weekend’s games.

Coach Osar