Sunday, February 2, 2014

Tabor Presses New Hampton Into Submission

Tabor Academy girls basketball is a veteran team that is deep, big and talented. Oh yeah, and they have a really good full court press. On Saturday afternoon they used that press to force over 20 turnovers in the 1st half alone. They turned those turnovers into easy layups and stormed out to a 34-7 lead at halftime. New Hampton played much better in the 2nd half, but the damage was already done. 6-foot-1 senior forward Elisabeth Giegerich (Wolfeboro, NH) had 12 points and 10 rebounds, as Tabor went on to win 60-33.

Earlier this season Giegerich signed a National Letter of Intent to attend and play basketball at Eckerd College, a Division II program in St. Petersburg, FL. During Saturday's game, Tabor jumped out to a 9-0 lead on New Hampton and Giegerich had 6 of those points. She hit a jumper from 15 feet, then Tabor set up their press and Giegerich hustled over to make a steal in the back court. She then took it hard to the rim for the layup. Soon Tabor went up 24-4 as New Hampton continued to struggle breaking the press.

Later in the 1st half Giegerich grabbed an offensive rebound, went up strong with the put-back and then right after that Tabor got yet another steal. That turned into another layup and it was 34-7 Tabor at halftime.

New Hampton has a number of New Hampshire natives on their team, including the Cuthbertson sisters, Emily and Hannah. Both of them are 5-foot-5 guards who can really shoot it, Emily is a senior and Hannah is a sophomore. Emily battled hard all game on both ends of the court and Hannah buried a pair of 3-pointers in the 2nd half. Another local player for the Huskies is 6-foot-1 freshman Kaitlyn Petrocelli, who transferred from Merrimack High and reclassified to the Class of 2017.

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