E.O. Smith defeats RHAM

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Storrs - posted Mon., Jan. 7, 2013
Murphy Murad looks for a path around RHAM's Sierra Stone during a Jan. 5 game. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Murphy Murad looks for a path around RHAM's Sierra Stone during a Jan. 5 game. Photos by Melanie Savage.

It was bound to be a good game. Coming into the Jan. 5 meet-up, both the E.O. Smith Panthers and the RHAM Sachems had put together a strong start to the season. Winning their first six games, the Sachems had experienced just one loss, two days before, to Tolland. E.O. Smith had come back from a 77-72 season-opener loss to Northwest Catholic to rack up six wins in a row.

The Panthers, after losing the core of their team to graduation following an undefeated regular season last year, have come back strong for 2012-13, led by team captain Murphy Murad and Holly Worski, the two players with the most varsity experience.

Not surprisingly, the two teams were neck and neck for the majority of the Jan. 5 game. By early in the second quarter, RHAM had opened up a nine-point lead against the Panthers, with a score of 28-19. But by the end of the quarter, E.O. Smith had closed the gap to one point, going into the half with a score of 37-38 RHAM.

Murad, who scored a total of 15 points throughout the first three quarters, turned up the heat for the fourth, scoring one three-pointer and three two-pointers and drawing a seemingly endless succession of fouls. Murad shot a total of 17 free-throws throughout the game, making 12 and missing five. She was the high-scorer, with a total of 32 points, helping propel the Panthers to an 80-74 victory.
Other high scorers for E.O. Smith were Holly Worski (16 points), Olivia Worski (12 points) and Isa Peczah (10 points).


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