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Valiant Last Quarter Effort Not Quite Enough as Hall Loses to Northwest Catholic

Morgan Murphy (#11), Genevieve Nelson (#32), Anna Siciliano (#14). Hall vs. Northwest Catholic girls basketball. Dec. 23, 2021. Photos courtesy of Sue Gellerman and Maria McMunn

The Hall girls basketball team scored 38 points in the second half on their home court in West Hartford, but it was not enough to overcome a first-half deficit as the Warriors fell to Northwest Catholic.

Rylan Priest (#5), Morgan Murphy (#11) Bre Lebron (#24). Hall vs. Northwest Catholic girls basketball. Dec. 23, 2021. Photos courtesy of Sue Gellerman and Maria McMunn

By Jackie Mandyck. Photos by Sue Gellerman and Maria McMunn

After a long break in between games, the Hall girls basketball team faced off against Northwest Catholic on Thursday night.

Northwest Catholic came out strong in the first half, led by senior Morgan Murphy who had 17 points in the first half.  At halftime Northwest went into the locker room leading 32-14.

In the second half Hall changed up their game and started to find the basket which had eluded them in the first half.  Solid defense by the Warriors held Murphy to two points in the second half, but a strong showing by NWC’s Maeve Rushin (14 points) and Bre Lebron (13 points) in the second half kept NWC on top for a 59-52 win over the Warriors.

McKenzie Mandyck (#10). Hall vs. Northwest Catholic girls basketball. Dec. 23, 2021. Photos courtesy of Sue Gellerman and Maria McMunn

McKenzie Mandyck led the Warriors with 16 points. Also helping out the Warriors were Rylan Priest (9 points, 7 steals), Talia Sortman (8 points), and Geneva Nelson and Abby Magendantz both with 6.

At halftime the Warriors celebrated their alumnae. Hall welcomed back Lexi Gellerman (2018), Amber Raisner (2018), Caitlin McGeary (2010), Lily Donatelli (2010), Caroline O’Keefe (2017), Maddy Mandyck (2018), Liv Bonee (2020), Colleen Kennedy (2019), and Jenna Zydanowicz (2020).

Hall alumni were honored at halftime. From left: Lexi Gellerman, Amber Raisner, Liv Bonee, Colleen Kennedy, Jenna Zydanowicz, Maddy Mandyck, Caoline O’Keefe, Lily Donatelli, Caitlin McGeary. Hall vs. Northwest Catholic girls basketball. Dec. 23, 2021. Photos courtesy of Sue Gellerman and Maria McMunn

The Warriors will be playing in a Holiday tournament on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 29 and 30, in Canton.

Abby Magendantz (#23) and Bre Lebron (#24). Hall vs. Northwest Catholic girls basketball. Dec. 23, 2021. Photos courtesy of Sue Gellerman and Maria McMunn

Talia Sortman (#1). Hall vs. Northwest Catholic girls basketball. Dec. 23, 2021. Photos courtesy of Sue Gellerman and Maria McMunn

Julia Zydanowitz (#13). Hall vs. Northwest Catholic girls basketball. Dec. 23, 2021. Photos courtesy of Sue Gellerman and Maria McMunn

Abby Magendantz (#23). Hall vs. Northwest Catholic girls basketball. Dec. 23, 2021. Photos courtesy of Sue Gellerman and Maria McMunn

Rylan Priest (#5), Morgan Murphy (#11) Bre Lebron (#24). Hall vs. Northwest Catholic girls basketball. Dec. 23, 2021. Photos courtesy of Sue Gellerman and Maria McMunn

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