Lady Broncos cruise past Hermon in preseason contest

HERMON - Tuesday night at the Hawks Nest inside Hermon High School, the Lady Broncos of Hampden Academy jumped out to a 9-0 start and never looked back as they went on to defeat Hermon 48-30 in a Class A and Class B preseason girls game.

 Hermon's Grace Page (with ball) tries to work her way around Hampden defender Megan Deans during a preseason game in Hermon Tuesday night. Hampden won the game 48-30.
 (Photo by Skip Hawkes)

Hampden took a 9-0 lead into the first five minutes of the opening quarter, and closed out the period with a 12-4 lead. A 5-2 run to start the second quarter turned into a 14-10 score at the buzzer giving the Broncos a 26-145 lead at half time.

Hampden's Megan Deans (22) starts a cut to the basket between Hermon defenders Grace Page (25) and Elizabeth Wyman. (Photo by Skip Hawkes)

Hampden went on to out score the Hawks 22-16 over the second half on their way to the 18 point victory, holding Hermon to just four points in the third quarter.

Hermon's Paige Plissey pulls up quickly as an unidentified Hampden defender moves in.
 (Photo by Skip Hawkes)

Leading Hampden in scoring was Amelia McLaughlin with 11 points, Emma Haskell with nine points, and Sydney Hodgdon with eight points. Bella Soucy added six points and Alydia Brillant scored five. Bella McLaughlin, Megan Deans, Sam Belerose, and Taya Archer each scored two points, and Taylor Gardner chipped in with one point.

The Broncos proved they can shoot from behind the arc, as they knocked down eight 3-point baskets. Haskell had three 3-pointers, A. McLaughlin and Soucy each had two, and Hodgdon added one. They went 12-for-18 (67 percent) from the free throw line.

Two young sophomores who will have a big impact on their respective teams season are Hampden's Cam Neal (30) and Hermon's Sydney Gallop. (Photo by Skip Hawkes)

Leading the Hawks in scoring was Grace Page with nine points and Char Caron with seven. Elizabeth Wyman added six points and Sadie Campbell tossed in five points. Maddie Lebel, Sydney Gallop, and Megan Tracy each scored one point. 

Hermon had two 3-point baskets, one each by Caron and Campbell, and they also went 12-for-18 (67 percent) from the charity stripe.

HAMPDEN   12  14  11  11 -- 48
HERMON       4   10   4  12 -- 30


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