EHHS girls' basketball continues win streak

By Evan Pajer - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Wed., Dec. 19, 2012
Briana Gerena looks for an open teammate to pass to. Photos by Evan Pajer.
Briana Gerena looks for an open teammate to pass to. Photos by Evan Pajer.

East Hartford High School’s varsity girls' basketball team added another game to its winning streak Dec. 17 after beating Weaver by 18 points. The team is off to an impressive record of 4-0 this season, as of press time.

For the Hornets, the key to the game was making three-pointers and having a high free-throw percentage. The teams spent much of the first quarter within two points of each other, until a three-pointer by East Hartford gave it the lead. The three-point shot marked a major turn in the game, with Weaver missing two free-throws that could have brought the game back to a tie. From there, another two-point shot by East Hartford, followed by two successful free-throws, ended the quarter with the team up six points, 16-10.

Tension was high on both sides during the second quarter, as Weaver fought desperately to return the game to a tie. The Hornets dominated control of the ball as soon as the quarter began and scored 12 points back-to-back in the first minutes of that quarter, including two three-point shots. By the time Weaver gained control of the ball that quarter, it was too late for them to tie the game. Despite scoring seven points, Weaver was still behind by 11 at the end of the quarter.

During the second half, the EHHS team continued to increase its lead and cement the victory. The second half was largely a repeat of the second quarter, with the Hornets, led by Emily Burr and Taylor Clark, scoring four three-point shots, including one in the last second of the third quarter. Burr and Clark had a combined total of eight three-pointers during the game, with Hannah Oney scoring five field goals. The wave of scoring led to East Hartford's lead continuing to grow into the final quarter, where the team continued to score repeated field goals and left Weaver's defense powerless to stop them.

"We played great," said coach Matt Rondinone. "The girls are doing well at practice and playing a fast game." Rondinone said his team is continuing to improve, and said the team will focus on one game at a time.

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