Women's Basketball Spring 2012

Grey Ghosts

Lauren Napolitana, Rachel Claffey, Kate Coner, Emily Babon,
Suzanne Parker, Melissa Stanwick, Glynis Faherty

 

Championship Game Summary
Grey Ghosts 41, To Be Announced 30

Two teams were poised at the top of the mountain, but only one would remain at the end of the night. Forty minutes separated the champs from the “could have beens." Grey Ghosts faced off against To Be Announced in the women’s basketball championship. Grey Ghosts came out fast with an aggressive ‘up in your face’ defense. On the offensive end, Ghosts' Suzanne Parker netted a pair of baseline scoop shots. Emily Babon attacked the seams of TBA’s defense and got to the free throw line multiple times early in the game. Defense was the name of the game early on; TBA committed numerous turnovers but was able to hang tough with a score of 9-4 midway through the first half. TBA's Keelynn Harris put it on the deck to draw the foul and hit the pair of free throws to bring it to a one possession game. Parker continued to split the defense and get into the paint to dish or draw a foul. With the score at 14-6, TBA had to be careful that Ghosts would pull away and gain momentum into the half. Alanna Astion slowed the roll as she hit a kick-out corner trey, but Parker quickly got the inbound and went coast to coast and added a quick pull-up jumper in the paint. Babon then picked off a pass to start a two-on-one break and dished a nice bounce pass to Parker for the and-one plus the conversion. To put an exclamation mark on the half, Kate Coner blocked a shot and threw the ball down court to Parker who got fouled as time expired. Parker converted the free throw to add on another point. At the half, Ghosts led 23-9. 

In the 2nd half, TBA's starting point guard Jess Brown picked up her fourth foul, forcing her to the sideline to watch. Molly Caffelle looked to take matters into her own hands and knocked down two jumpers to bring the score to 26-13. Not to be outdone, Ghosts' Melissa Stanwick came right back, forced her way through contact to draw a foul and hit the bucket.  TBA's Harris answered with a runner off the glass to put the score at 28-15 match with fifteen minutes to go. Ghosts executed a beautiful offensive set, quickly swinging the ball around the perimeter before dumping it into the post to a sealed off Stanwick who drop-stepped and laid ithe ball off the glass. TBA's Harris hit a jumper to cut the opposition’s lead to 12 with ten minutes remaining in regulation. Brown, back in the game, continued the comeback effort with a steal, which led to a bucket to cut the deficit to single digits, 33-24. Back on defense, TBA forced several bad shots, but could not grab a rebound as Ghosts dominated the glass with three consecutive rebounds. Stanwick carved out position and drew a foul. Missing both free throws, TBA still could not get a rebound. With three minutes to go, Ghosts clung to a 10-point lead. Brown’s jumper cut the lead to 8, the smallest lead since the first half. Harris's tight "D" forced a turnover and Diana Triffletti capitalized with a field goal for the 36-30 score with 1:40 left. TBA now had to foul. This sent Babon to the line who converted both free throws to put the lead back to 8 points. Down the stretch, Ghosts missed 3 of 4 FTs but TBA could not capitalize. Ghosts held the ball and ran out the clock to clinch a 41-30 championship.

To Be Announced
(Back Row): Kimberly Meersma, Molly Caffelle, Diana Triffletti, Molly Masiero, Alanna Astion, Allie Edelman
(Front Row): Jess Brown, Keelyn Harris