Junior forward Sam Charette led H-W in scoring with 12 points and was really the team’s only consistent source of offense. However the Raiders limited her space in the paint and forced her away from the basket as much as possible while holding her scoreless in the fourth.
Hayley Willis (seven points) hit some big shots in the first half. Junior captain Sue Rose (seven points) handled the offense well from the point and made two timely three-pointers for H-W.
Charette, Taylor Morong and Catherine Ecker thwarted Watertown’s inside presence in Katelyn Rourke (five points) and Francesca Korte (zero points) all night and kept the Raiders mostly to outside shooting before Coppola found some success off the dribble in the second half.
“Our girls did a great job rotating out on their shooters and really protected the basket,” explained DeMarco. “Defensively, we take pride in holding teams down and we did tonight and gave ourselves a chance to win at the end.”
Since DeMarco took over, the elevated emphasis on defense and the response from the girls has put a charge into the H-W girls basketball program.
“I am so proud of these girls and where they’ve come since day one. More than anything defensively and how much we got better,” said DeMarco. “We held teams under 40 points on average for the year. The girls have done everything I’ve asked of them and they’ve come together as a group. They are upset because they played their hearts out and I couldn’t be more proud of them.”