Hubbell pow­ers GA past The Hill War­riors cruise by Chel­tenham

The Colonial - - OPINION - By Nick Iuele By Jonathan Van­der Lugt

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.”

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