Hyde-Woodstock vs. Wheeler
Wednesday, January 11
Last Wednesday, the Wolfpack travelled to Rhode Island to take on Wheeler. From the opening tip, Hyde struggled to show defensive intensity and had difficulty moving the ball on offense. Down four points at halftime, the team regrouped and showed greater resolve in the second half. Yi Yang ’12and Jenna Kowalski ’13 provided a key defensive spark which helped the squad keep pace with Wheeler. Unfortunately, their aggressive defense resulted in both players fouling out. The team missed their contributions down the stretch, as Wheeler pulled away in the game’s final minutes.Andrea Crute ’12 led the team in scoring with 12 points, including 9 in the second half. Kelly Umutoni ’12 contributed 7 points of her own despite being double-teamed most of the game. Maureen Bellwoar ’13 chipped in 4 points and handled much of the dirty work under the basket. In the end, the team came up short, but learned some important lessons about teamwork and effort.
Hyde-Woodstock vs Pomfret
Friday, January 13
On Friday, Hyde faced off against local rival Pomfret. With leading scorer and primary ball handler Andrea Crute ’12 out due to injury, the Wolfpack needed some role players to step into the spotlight against a talented opponent. With Pomfret employing an aggressive pressure defense, the Wolfpack had difficulty taking care of the ball. Turnovers led to easy shot opportunities for Pomfret and the score quickly went in the Griffin’s favor. However, the Wolfpack did not give up as several players had defining moments in the game. Katherine Hagood ’13 hit a three pointer at a shot clock buzzer to give Hyde its first points of the game, Yi Yang ’12 scored her first varsity basket, and Jenna Dubinsky ’14 hustled all over the court in her first chance at significant playing time. Also scoring in the game were Alexis Holdampf ’12 and Kelly Umutoni ’12. Despite the lopsided loss, the chance to play against a high-quality opponent will only help this Hyde team improve as it continues into the heart of its schedule. The loss leaves Hyde’s season record at 2-5.