Hyde Phoenix 1-1 in Second Annual Aleigh Mills Memorial Tournament
The Hyde Varsity Women’s Basketball team opened their season with back to back games last weekend in the second annual Aleigh Mills Memorial Tournament held at Kent’s Hill School. On Friday the Phoenix fell to their sister school, Hyde Woodstock, and had a victory over Hebron Academy in the consolation round on Saturday morning. The tournament was established in honor of Aleigh Mills, a former Kent’s Hill student and basketball player who passed away in 2009.
Preliminary Round (Friday, 12/2/11):
Hyde – Bath 22
Hyde – Woodstock 34
Hyde Bath faced Hyde Woodstock after just a few opening practices for both teams; it was clear from the opening tipoff that this was anyone’s game. The Phoenix struggled to find their rhythm offensively in the first half of play and the wolf pack held a 15-4 advantage at halftime. Juniors Katie Comeaux and Kara Fischer were the only two scorers for the Phoenix in this game, Comeaux with 10 points and Fischer with 12. The Phoenix came out of halftime strong and put up a fight in the third quarter; 18 of their points were scored in the second half, but they were unable to make up the deficit. The team went 0-2 in free throws and will work to improve on their percentage this season.
Consolation Game (Saturday, 12/3/11):
Hyde – Bath 40
Hebron Academy 26
The Phoenix re-motivated for Saturday’s consolation round, balancing a more steady attack with a stifling 3-2 defense that found Hebron scrambling for ball control. Junior Kara Fischer continued her outpouring with 22 points for the day, most of which were scored on conversion layups that came from running through passes and making steal after steal against the Lumberjacks. Katie Comeaux was another big scorer for the Phoenix, putting up 10 points again; these two opening games mark a shift in Comeaux’s play; she was a huge rebounder for the Phoenix in her sophomore year, but did not find as much consistency on offense until this season. The Phoenix had a slow start, letting the Hebron team hang around in the first quarter and gaining a six point lead going into halftime with a score of 20-14. There were three other scorers for Hyde: sophomore Carolyn Moore and freshman Jailene Martinez both scored 2 points in the first quarter. Junior Amy Ginsberg found some steam in the fourth quarter scoring 4 points, one a fast-break layup and the other on a put-back. The Phoenix put the nail in the coffin in the final quarter, gaining their largest lead of the game and securing the win.