It’s hard enough trying to prepare for a team sight unseen. However for Hamden Hall, game planning for the tough teams of Class C in the NEPSAC tournament hasn’t been easy, but the Hornets have found a way to do it, according to Kaila DeFrancesco
“We’ve been getting some of our boys basketball team to come into practice and challenge us,” she said.
The second-seeded Hornets take on third-seeded Stoneleigh Burnham today at 2 p.m., in the semifinals. Hamden Hall is coming off a 62-53 victory in the first round over seventh-seeded Proctor Academy in which it trailed by two at the half. Senior Rachel Plotke, who scored 33 points, said she wasn’t ready for the season to end.
“I was feeling it,” she said. “I didn’t want it to be my last game.”
And the Hornets had some experience with tough games. Prior to the NEPSAC, they just got past Convent of the Sacred Heart by four in the Fairchester Athletic Association final.
“(Convent of the Sacred Heart) came in and shot the lights out to start,” said coach Megan Borelli.
And it was the perfect sned off to the NEPSAC for Hamden Hall. After success in the Class D tournament of the NEPSAC, the Hornets moved up to Class C for this postseason.
“By playing at that level we knew that’s how tournament teams play that’s how championship teams play,” said Bianca Tomassini. “We took that to the first round of New Englands.”
And the Hornets are hoping they can take another step towards a NEPSAC Class C crown with a win tonight.
“I want to finish my high school career on a good note,” Plotke said.