Greens Farms Academy Sports roundup
Published 5:31 pm, Friday, February 4, 2011
GFA defeated Rye, 37-24, and Hopkins, 36-18, in the FAA and lost 34-30 to Hamden Hall, and 69-6 to Brunswick.
GFA has only one senior starter and had to forfeit 5 of 14 weight classes.
Senior Zach Sherin of Weston earned FAA Honorable Mention as he went 3-1 on the day.
The GFA girls squash team rolled out its second win of the season, 4-3 over Holy Child. Seniors Maggie Harwood at No. 3 and Sarah Whittaker, No. 6, set the pace performing at a high level dismantling their opponents 3-0. Freshman Olivia Taylor at No. 7, also defeated her opponent 3-0 using deception and her deep game. No. 1 player and junior captain Emily Caldwell dismantled her opponent 3-0 securing the win for GFA, 4-3. Both senior captain Grace Backe at No. 2 and classmate Nikki Bergschneider came back from being down two games, but both lost the fifth game in their matches and lost, 3-2. Despite being ill, senior captain Ali Rouatt (Westport) at No. 4 also rallied back from a deficit but fell short, 3-1.
The GFA girls basketball team went 2-1 last week, losing 48-32, to Masters and defeating Rye, 44-37, and Cheshire Acadeny, 38-18. Senior captains Stephanie Garofoli (7 points, 9 rebounds) and Alexa Sullivan (9 points) led the Dragons against Masters. Senior Allie Kruk (8 points) played fiercely under the basket and challenged almost every shot.
Against Rye, GFA was short on numbers and relied on its tough-nosed defense to carry it to victory. Sophomore Meighan Grady (2 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists) and Sullivan (6 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists) successfully defended Rye's best players,. Sullivan also slowed it down offensively for GFA, allowing her team to get looks at the basket and find the open player. Garofoli had a near triple-double with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 7 blocks. Sophomore Bridgette Foster went 6-for-7 with 12 points.
In the final game of last week, GFA came off to a strong start against Cheshire Academy and never looked back. Playing all 11 players, the win was a total team effort. The Dragons were led offensively by Garofoli's 12 points and an additional 7 points chipped in from fellow senior captain Jenna Pittleman (Weston). While nine players put up points for the Dragons, it was the team's defense that again won this game, as it created many turnovers.
The GFA boys basketball team went 1-1 last week, defeating Hyde School, 67-52, and losing to Hopkins, 82-58. Against Hyde, point guards junior Eric Walsh and senior captain CJ Smith were outstanding, making reads, setting up plays and providing stellar passes. Offensively GFA was led by senior Dan Chase (Weston) with 29 points and sophomore Sean Obi with 27 points. Walsh, Smith, junior Dan Hoffman, senior Chris Morency, junior Will Pavlis, sophomore Hunter Eggers all were key contributors with their assists. Obi got feeds from point blank range assisting his ability to go 13 of 14. Chase went 10 of 18, including three 3-pointers. Freshman Kam Mickens, junior Brien Comey (Westport) and junior Wills Rooney were lock-down specialists, allowing none of their opponents to score.
Against Hopkins, GFA ran into early foul trouble enabling Hopkins to run up a season high score against the Dragons in the 82-58 defeat. The outcome was a reversal on the 78-65 GFA win from nine days earlier. Despite missing major minutes, Obi kept his unbroken double-double streak with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Chase kept himself near the top of the state's leading scorers list with 18 points. Comey and Pavlis used their extended playing time to shine scoring 8 and 6 points respectively.