MADISON — Hand senior guard Sara Wohlgemuth has earned a reputation as one of the top players in the SCC and state with her play over the years.
She did not disappoint Friday in the Tigers SCC early-season showdown with Amity.
Wohlgemuth led Hand to a 60-36 victory with a team-high 22 points. Brooke Salutari racked up 12 points and Hadley Houhgton contributed 10 points.
“(Amity) plays hard, they bring a ton of energy, they are aggressive, they have a good fan section and it was a great high school basketball game on a Friday night,” Hand coach Tim Tredwell said. “I was happy we showed up to play and I thought we played well, top to bottom. Offensively and defensively we maintained our composure. There were a couple moments here and there where things weren’t going our way and they did not get rattled. They played like veterans tonight.”
Jill Martin was the bright spot for Amity as the team’s only double digit scorer with 17 points.
Hand scored 18 points in each of the first two quarters, including a 3-point buzzer beater as time expired in the first by Houghton.
The Tigers began the second quarter with a 6-0 run and ended the half with a commanding 36-18 lead.
Wohlgemuth had a productive first half, compiling 17 points toward Hand’s 18-point lead.
“Hand is such a great team,” Amity coach Michelle Shoop said. “They have almost their whole team back from their state championship runner-up run last year. They are always well coached and play hard and they hit everything tonight. We just couldn’t really get anything going.”
Hand continued to roll in the third quarter, building its lead to 53-29 before a low scoring final quarter.
Hand (6-2) has been regaining form after beginning the season 2-2, winning each of its last four games by at least 12 points.
“If you get caught up in the expectations then you are going to get yourself into a lot of trouble,” Tredwell said. “We are trying to be better than we were yesterday. We have had some injuries, we have had kids who are away and this and that but we are starting to get close to 100 percent right now. If we can keep moving forward, even if it is just a couple inches every day, then in February and March we will be right where we want to be.”
Amity (5-2) has dropped two of its last three after beginning the season 4-0, having lost to Hamden in a 57-55 nailbiter a week ago. Still, Shoop knows 5-2 is a solid start, especially for an inexperienced team.
“Jill (Martin) has really been a great leader for us on and off the court,” Shoop said. “It is tough, she is the only varsity player really coming back this year. There is a lot of learning and growing pains that we are still going through. It is still very early in the season. This is only our seventh game so she has been a good leader keeping us centered out there and giving us what we need at certain times.”