Hubbell powers GA past The Hill Warriors cruise by Cheltenham
Although this was only Margaret Anne Hubbell’s second year at Germantown Academy, she has been a staple in the Patriots’ lineup and has helped her team achieve a great deal of team success.
However, Hubbell culminated her list of personal achievements by scoring her 1,000th career point in the first quarter of GA’s blowout 68-38 win over The Hill School in the opening round of the PAISSA playoffs. Hubbell had a huge game, dropping 28 points and dominating in the paint. Hill School had absolutely no answer for her and she paced that Patriots to a comprehensive victory.
“It was a really nice accomplishment and I was working really hard to get it,” Hubbell said,” but I could not have done it without my coach and teammates. Lauren Oeth gives me the best passes and Kendall Grasela is the best point guard. They always get the ball to me in great positions, which definitely has helped me.”
The forward, who played in New Orleans for the first two years of her high school career, is so difficult to guard that most teams have to make a game plan in an effort to neutralize her. She has been great for the Patriots both on the floor and in the locker room all season, which makes getting her 1,000th point with this team that much sweeter.
“Growing up I would watch basketball videos and play with my dad,” Hubbell said. “I have been working on my post game for a while and it just got better over time. It’s really nice to get my 1,000th point in a state playoff game and I think we can win the state championship.”
This game was essentially over before it started. Hubbell had 12 points in the first quarter to set the tone for what would be a prolific scoring night for GA. Grasela was the only other player in double figures, scoring 10 points, but 10 different Patriots were featured on the score sheet in the end.
“I thought the girls came out with a lot of intensity, I was happy that they brought that into the game,” GA coach Sherri Retif said. “We tried to focus on some small goals out there to keep their heads in the game.”
They scored 25 and 20 points, respectively, in the first two frames while holding Hill to just 19 points in that span, including an eightpoint second. Jonica Brown had a good game for the visitors, scoring 16 points, but the GA defense held the rest Hill’s squad in check.
The Patriots will now host fifth-seeded Abington Friends, a 45-37 winner over York Country Day, on Saturday at 6 p.m. Retif was very happy with her team’s effort and believes that the Patriots are ready for a state title run.
“I feel really good about the way we are playing,” Retif said. “Margaret Anne and the rest of the girls are such unselfish players, it’s such a fun group to coach. We are confident heading into the 21st Century Media News
The Methacton Warriors found out exactly what they would eventually be up against in the first round of the playoffs when they played and narrowly escaped Cheltenham on Tuesday, 52-50.
As luck would have it, the Panthers were the team that 11th-seeded Methacton would draw to host in Saturday’s District One Class AAAA first round contest. Though their first matchup was close, there was no doubt which team was better this time around, as the Warriors led by double digits for most of the game and eventually won, 54-46.
“It was a good early scouting report,” Methacton coach Craig Kaminski said of the Cheltenham game earlier in the week. “We knew that it was a possibility (that they’d play in Districts) at the Cheltenham game, we didn’t show things that we were going to show in Dis- tricts.”
“We were dominated, scoring-wise, by two players,” Cheltenham coach Brendan Nolan said. “It’s no secret — Methacton knows that. They made it difficult to get our shots.”
The Warriors set the tone early when they came out with their guns blazing, riding Kelly Glatthorn and Jenna Carroll for seven and five points, respectively, to a 14-2 lead. Cheltenham recovered in the second, scoring 16 points but were unable to cut into the Methacton lead and went into the half down 29-18.
The Warriors distanced themselves with a 16-9 third, and treaded water through the final frame to end the game at 54-46.
“I was counting on some shots to fall and we just couldn’t make them.” Nolan said. “Defensively, I thought we did a good job. You’re not going to shut a team down like this, in their own gym.
“I think we did a decent job of making them take un- comfortable shots.”
Methacton also struggled on the defensive glass, something that Kaminski touched on post-game.
“We talked about that coming in,” he said. “We’re not the tallest team, and we’re not the most aggressive or solid team.”
“That really hurts us when we run into quick, athletic kids that can jump or big solid-bodied players. Going in, that was something that we stressed, and at times, we did not accomplish that goal.”
Ashley Jones paced Cheltenham with 21 points, and Amari Truehart chipped in with eight. With the loss, Cheltenham, which finished third in the Suburban One American, is done for the year.
“It’s frustrating because we dropped some road games at Harrisburg, Norristown and Plymouth Whitemarsh earlier in the season all by (less than five points),” Nolan said, “that I really think we could have won.
“Those losses come back and hurt you come seeding time. We were put in a spot where we had to play a very experienced team on the road in an elimination game. That’s not a spot you want to put yourself in.”
For the Warriors, Glatthorn — who scored her 1,000th career point at Cheltenham Tuesday — and Carroll, who is also approaching that milestone with 963 career points, led the way with 19 apiece.
“I’m never going to tell them this,” Kaminski said with a smile, “but they’re two special kids. Kelly would run through a wall for you, and Jenna has developed into a terrific allaround basketball player. They’re very mature, always looking to be a coach on the floor.
“So, yeah. It’s a dream to have a couple kids like that.”