Girls Bow at Home to King
Harvey’s girls varsity basketball team found the second time around against King to be a much tougher matchup as the visitors from Stamford, Connecticut, jumped out to an early lead Friday, Jan. 11, and held off the Cavaliers 69-53.
Having lost on the road to King by only one point earlier in the season and looking to avenge the defeat, Harvey had trouble keeping pace in the rematch and could not cut into the deficit as the game moved along.
King came out of the gates strong, playing a tough man-to-man defense, taking and maintaining a solid lead in the first half. “We held our own but we didn’t find the needed opportunities,” said Harvey coach Melissa Zeffer. King led Harvey 37-25 at the half.
Harvey returned from halftime determined to increase the competition, but despite Harvey’s effort, King maintained its lead. “Our players were able to keep King working the majority of the second half,” said coach Zeffer. “We didn’t allow them to rest,” she added.
Coach Christina Binns liked how the Harvey girls kept battling “This was a competitive game - a great one to watch,” coach Binns said. “We had long moments of greatness," she added.
Eighth-grader Kira Ortega led Harvey in scoring with 21 points. The first-year varsity player is averaging 18 points a game. Junior captain Ally Walsh added 15 points. Sophomore Sofia Silverman came off the bench with a hot hand in the first half, collecting six of her eight points in quick succession, hitting on shots from under the basket and from mid-range as well. “Sophia’s ball handling was solid and allowed her to make her own opportunities to shoot,” said coach Binns.
Senior captain Courtney Warren had another strong game, chipping in on offense with seven points and 10 assists while grabbing eight rebounds and recording three well-timed steals. Coach Binns said Warren was assigned the task of playing point guard to help give Ortega better scoring opportunities. “Courtney took to the point, proving to be the leader and communicator we knew she was capable of,” coach Binns said.
With the loss, Harvey’s overall record falls to 4-7. The Cavs are 3-6 against NEPSAC opponents and 1-3 against rivals in the HVAL. They travel Wednesday, Jan. 16 to Washington, Connecticut, to play The Gunnery.