Hall girls’ basketball sits at 13-3 with four regular-season games remaining.
By Marlon Pitter
The Hall High School girls’ basketball team got off to a quick start and never looked back, defeating Avon 56-22 at home in West Hartford on Monday night.
“One of the things we’ve been talking to the girls a lot about lately is consistency, four quarters,” said Hall assistant coach Liz Stich. “That was part of the emphasis going into today, being ready from the tip, and they were.”
The Warriors jumped out to a 21-6 advantage in the first quarter. Hall never trailed in the contest and was only tied with Avon once, when the Falcons made a layup 45 seconds in to tie the game at two apiece.
Hall went on 10-0 and 7-0 runs in the first eight minutes, pushing its lead to a decisive 15 points.
The Warriors got the job done on defense as well, stymying the Falcons’ offense to force multiple turnovers that led to layups in transition. Hall allowed only single-digit points in each of the four quarters, but Avon’s Olivia St. Onge tied Olivia Bonee for a game-high 11 points.
Hall was able to take its foot off the pedal and work in players from the bench, as the team maintained a 38-13 lead heading into halftime. Bonee broke out offensively in the second quarter, scoring all 11 of her points in the frame.
Maddy Mandyck, who controlled the interior defense for the Warriors, also finished key buckets in the paint. She reached double figures (10 points) after making two free throws early in the fourth quarter.
Lexi Gellerman and Amber Raisner contributed nine points each, while Olivia Deslauriers added eight.
Hall improves to 13-3 and ups its win streak to eight consecutive games.
“I guess we’re on a streak, but it doesn’t really feel like it,” said Stich. “We haven’t hit our potential yet, so that’s a nice place to be at this point in the season – constantly progressing, getting better, but knowing that there’s still another level we can get to.”
The Warriors travel to Glastonbury on Thursday for a 6:45 p.m. tip-off against the Tomahawks.
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