The Hyde Phoenix Girls Varsity Basketball team kicked-off the 2014-15 Season by capturing 1st Place at the 5th Annual Aleigh Mills Tournament hosted by Kent’s Hill School. On Friday night the Phoenix jumped out to a fast start with a 13-2 1st quarter and never looked back as they soundly defeated the Hebron Lumberjacks 43-28. Afterwards, the team watched to see who their next opponent would be as the Wolfpack from Hyde, Ct. fell to the hosts 51-50 in an exciting overtime thriller setting up a rematch of last year’s tournament final between the Phoenix and the Huskies of Kent’s Hill.
When the Phoenix boarded the bus for Saturday’s match, they did so with a plan and with a quiet confidence for how to go about capturing the tournament title for the first time in five years. Just as they had on Friday, the girls raced out to a quick lead of 17-4 at the end of the 1st quarter and proceeded to play four quarters of consistent basketball en route to an impressive 48-23 victory over Kent’s Hill. It was truly a shining moment for Hyde as the team gathered at center court to proudly receive the tournament’s 1st place trophy and to shake hands with the parents of Aleigh Mills for whom the tournament is memorialized.
- 3 year varsity players, Diamond Brown ’16 and Lutes Bartlett’16 provided experiential leadership on the court leading the way in both games.
- Lilli Allen ’18 controlled the offensive tempo from the point guard position beautifully, as well as she poured in 23 points on Friday and 26 on Saturday.
- Timesha Walker ’18 provided solid all-around play and came off the bench to jump start the offense with 8 points in the 1st quarter of the finals.
- Helena Wallace played excellent defense to limit the impact of tournament MVP Emma Curnin of KHS in the finals.
- First year player Jill Tolman ’15 was perhaps the team’s biggest surprise as she played a huge role, especially on defense. It looked as though she had been playing the sport for years.
- Kelsey Talbutt ’16, Kristine Bailey ’16, Anna Presson ’16, Allie Grover ’17, and Emma Levonshon 17’ came off the bench to provide depth and to maintain the consistency that led to victory in both games.