The Mt. Hope girls’ basketball team opened the season with a non-league game, playing an Injury Fund match-up against the Middletown Islanders on Friday, Dec. 7.
Mt. Hope started strong, taking an early 8-0 lead with junior forward, Lauren Fletcher, sinking four straight baskets. Unfortunately for the Huskies, the Islanders turned that around, beating Mt. Hope, 60-51.
Throughout the first half, the Huskies maintained a five to seven point lead over the Islanders thanks to Courtney Amaral who made good on three, 3-point shots.
Within the first eight minutes of the second half, the two teams traded the lead. Emma Pattie took over the scoring role in the second half for Mt. Hope netting 11 of her team high 16 points. Mt. Hope received energized defense from Caroline Murphy and solid inside play from sophomore center, Rhys Webb.
With six minutes left in the game Lauren Fletcher fouled out, eliminating her presence on defense and scoring potential offensively.
Center, Quanisha Hilson, scored 12 of her 16 points in the second half, however the timely shooting from Middletown’s guard, Alisa Benson, who had 10 of her 14 points in the second half. The Islanders’ strong team effort in the final minutes allowed them to end the game with a nine point lead.
The Mt. Hope girls are scheduled for another non-league match-up when they face Moses Brown on Dec. 18 at 5:45pm at Mt. Hope. Their first league game in Division 2 East will take place on Dec.21 when they meet Rogers High School at 5:15 p.m. at home.