Hall continues its winning ways, dominating nearby Northwest Catholic for its 11th consecutive victory.
By Marlon Pitter
It took one lead change to give the Hall High School girls’ basketball team the lead for good as the team cruised to a 74-12 victory over Northwest Catholic at home in West Hartford on Friday night.
The 12 points allowed by Hall were a season-low in an impressive effort on both sides of the ball.
“I think the execution on both ends is what allowed us to be successful,” Hall head coach Brittany Huggins said.
The Lions struck first with two free throws from Anna Cenci 14 seconds into the game. From there, Amber Raisner answered with a 3-pointer to give the Warriors a 3-2 advantage five seconds later, which sparked a 27-1 run for Hall to finish the first quarter with a 29-3 lead.
Hall continued to dominate in the second quarter, putting up 23 unanswered points en route a 52-3 halftime lead.
Maddy Mandyck scored 20 points for the Warriors, cleaning up misses for second-chance points and burying jumpers in the paint. Raisner chipped in with 17 points of her own – including 12 from beyond the arc – and Olivia Deslauriers added 12.
“[Maddy] has been having some really great practices lately, and it’s really showing in the games,” Huggins said. “This is the Maddy that we know and we love to have, so it’s nice that she’s coming around at a time like this.”
Hall clamped down on Northwest Catholic defensively, only allowing five points through three quarters of play. The sizable advantage on the scoreboard allowed Hall to rotate in all of its bench players, and all but two Warriors scored in the contest.
The Warriors improve to 16-3 and up their win streak to 11 consecutive games heading into their final game of the regular season.
Northwest Catholic falls to 0-18 with the loss and will travel to Southington (14-5) on Monday night before hosting Bacon Academy on Tuesday to close out its season.
Hall will host crosstown rival Conard (11-8) on Tuesday night looking for a season sweep of the Chieftains before heading into CCC tournament play.
“Conard’s a big game, and these kids get so pumped to play Conard,” said Huggins. “A win on Tuesday means we end the season strong, and then we still have work to do. But right now, we have to have two really good practices, focus and [be] ready to go so that we can play well on Tuesday.”
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