E.O. Smith falls to Hillhouse at Mohegan Sun
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Region - posted Tue., Mar. 22, 2011
Most of the members of the E.O. Smith girls’ basketball team managed to keep smiling as they accepted their medals for a second-place finish in the Division L state championship game at the Mohegan Sun Arena on March 19.They knew they had put in a decent effort, despite the 77-50 final outcome. The Panthers lost sophomore guard Murphy Murad early in the game, after she was kicked and suffered a severe Charley horse. “I don’t know if it made 27 points worth of difference,” said Smith coach Kirk Murad, “but it certainly didn’t help us.”
Junior Bria Holmes and senior Andreana Thomas put up a combined 53 points for Hillhouse. “We beat them on the boards in the first half, 20-14, but they're just monsters on the boards,” said Murad. “They just keep coming at you."
The score was 44-56 entering the fourth quarter, but then the Holmes/Thomas duo turned up the heat. “We keyed on them,” said Murad. “Imagine if we hadn’t.”
Though Taylor Vonasek managed two layups and Morgan Stewart contributed two good free throws, the remainder of the quarter pretty much belonged to Hillhouse. Quanisha Solomon, Ta’Kerra Williams and Kalinka Deroche contributed a combined six points with Holmes and Thomas producing the remaining 16 points of the final quarter. “I wanted to go out with a bang,” said Thomas. “To know it was my last game with Bria at Mohegan Sun, I wanted it.”
Senior Maggie Sundberg led the Panthers with 16 points against Hillhouse, and junior Taylor Vonasek added 14.
E.O. Smith ends their season with a 22-3 record.
Maggie Sundberg was a consistent scoring leader for the E.O. Smith girls’ basketball team during the 2010-11 season, averaging 19.3 points per game, according to Maxpreps.com.