Hermon's Lauren Plissey goes up for a shot between Crusader defenders Gracie Philippon (10) and Tia Zephir during a game in Hermon on Wednesday night. John Bapst won the game 53-41. (Photo by Skip Hawkes)
Playing a menacing defense forced Hermon into making bad shots, and the Hawks struggled converting second chance opportunities.
John Bapst's Tiana Cyr pulls down a rebound. (Photo by Skip Hawkes)
Hermon pulled to within six points in the thrid period with a 4-0 run to start, but with 2:38 remaining in the period Bapst held a 34-25 lead. They would finish the quarter with a 5-2 run to take a 39-27 lead into the final eight minutes. Both teams scored 14 points in the final stanza.
Hermon coach Chris Cameron (center) talks to his team during a time out. (Photo by Skip Hawkes)
Bapst was led in scoring by Crystal Bell (11), Abbey Legasse (10), and Caleigh Lebel (9). Also scoring for the Crusaders was Gracie Philippon with eight points, Lacey Scanlon with five points, Sydney Ellis and Tia Zephir had four points each, and Tiana Cyr scored two points.
The Crusaders had four 3-point baskets, two by Bell and one each from Legasse and Lebel, and they went 14-for-22 (64 percent) from the free throw line.
Hermon's Maddi Curtis (12) looks to drive past John Bapst's Sydney Ellis. (Photo by Skip Hawkes)
Lauren Plissey led the Hawks with a double double, scoring a game high 17 points along with a game high 17 rebounds. Cait Tracy scored seven points and Madi Curtis added six points. Brooke Cowan and Grace Page each had four points, Paige Plissey scored two, and Maddie Pullen chipped in with one point.
Hermon had no baskets beyond the arc, and they went 12-for-23 (52 percent) from the charity stripe.
Hermon's Alex Allain (3) gets up for a shot between John Bapst defenders Caleigh Lebel (32) and Crystal Bell (40). (Photo by Skip Hawkes)
BAPST (8-0) 18 11 10 14 - - 53
HERMON (8-1) 9 10 8 14 - - 41