Girls basketball tames Wildcats (Girls Varsity Basketball)

Roger Wistar

Behind a hot shooting effort and some timely defense, the girls varsity basketball team cruised to a comfortable 49-35 victory over Williston on Jan. 21.

The win is the third in a row for Hotchkiss (6-5), all by double figures. The team has a winning record after Winter Break for the first time since 2005.

Co-captain Danielle Jacobs '13 led all Bearcats in scoring with 18 points, including three three-pointers in the first half when Hotchkiss took command of the game. Jacobs also provided the highlight of the game, hitting a fall-away jump shot after being fouled and the completing the three-point play.

PG Leah Settipane added 17 points with aggressive drives to the basket, including making 10 of 12 free throws. Although she got in early foul trouble, picking up three fouls in less than a minute in the first half, she scored six points in the second half and did not commit another foul.

“The key to Saturday’s game was that we played an overall team game,” said head coach Doug Kneeland, who also credited the frontcourt play of co-captain Renee Palmer ’12, Claire Miles ’12, and Izzy Ziskind ’15.

Kneeland also praised his bench for contributing valuable minutes, especially forward Bea Rosen ’12, guard Hamsa Moinuddin ’15, and forward Erika Steeves ’14.

Steeves scored four points in her first game back from injury, but her energy gave the Bearcats a big lift, said Kneeland. “She’s already proven to be a force inside defensively, and I think her shot is getting back into form,” he said.

The first half featured runs by both teams. Hotchkiss broke open a 6-6 tie by scoring 10 consecutive points. Settipane powered the run with six free throws. Although Williston rallied to close the gap to 18-15, the Bearcats responded with their own nine-point run to end the half at 27-15.

In the second half, both teams traded baskets for most of the period. Although Williston briefly cut the margin to 10 at 35-25, it was never able to get the lead down to single digits in the half.

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