Basketball - Girls' Varsity
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Loomis Chaffee School
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Loomis Chaffee School
Loss 48-62
Drawing the #3 seed Loomis Pelicans in the quarter-finals of the Class A New England Playoffs, #6 Taft battled hard from the opening tip on Loomis’ home floor. The lead changed hands several times in the opening minutes before Loomis took a modest lead in the waning minutes of the first half. The Pelicans then hit a driving layup followed by a 3-ball at the buzzer to take a seven-point advantage into the locker room. That deficit proved too much for the Rhinos to overcome after the break, even though they cut a fifteen-point lead to just eight with six minutes to play. In sum, the Big Red, try as they might, could not quite come up with enough defensive stops to keep the game within reach. Playing in her last game as a Rhino, co-captain Kayla Robinson finished with a hard-fought 10 to close out her Taft career with 1,039 points. Sophomore Natalie Hodak, chosen along with Robinson a Class A All-star by opposing teams’ coaches (the game is this Sunday), dropped 13 points to lead the Rhinos. Senior Anna Csigirinszkij scored 7 points off the bench, junior Anna Koziol stuck two 3-balls for 6, sophomore Tessa Graebner netted 5 in the first half, Senior Sophie Webb deposited 4, and freshman Eliza Ford banged in a 3-pointer. Thank you to co-captains Maggie O’Leary and Kayla Robinson for setting a tone of selflessness and hard work that showed this young team – the youngest I’ve ever coached – how to come together. Thank you to all the parents for their support of not just their own daughters but all the girls. And mostly, thank you to assistant coaches Hanna Valdez and Katelyn Skinner, whose deep knowledge of the game, thorough understanding of how to teach it, and powerful caring for the players was so central to whatever successes this team enjoyed. Coach Jon Willson