A girls’ team in a boys’ league brought a 9-1 record into the league championship game, and that was the storyline Feb. 22 at The Factory.
Coached by former Cape boys’ basketball head coach Steve Re, the Hornets squad of eight players competed as a unit for four quarters, finally breaking open a close game versus the SAC Kings with deft passing and timely shooting to win 40-27.
Jaxon Clampitt was going off for most of the game for the Kings, as Re sent a variety of players at him to discombobulate his game and slow him down.
“I think Jaxon may have gotten tired,” Re said. “But we played good, unselfish basketball in the final minutes when the game was still up for grabs.”
The Hornets’ eight players all contributed to the win and were awarded medals and rings immediately afterward. Faith Re was the truth, running point, hitting shots and making key passes.
“She will see time for us next year,” said Cape girls’ basketball coach Pat Woods of the Beacon eighth-grader.
Ally Diehl and Mairead Rishko excelled in focused moments handling the ball and playing defense.
Hayden Hudson and Amalia Fruchtman pulled down major rebounds, and each hit a key midrange jumper with under three minutes to play.
Maya Yngve, Amara Fruchtman and Claire Lopez all met key moments throughout the game.
“It’s amazing that our team won the championship in a boys’ league,” said Faith Re and Amalia Fruchtman after the game. “It was really fun.”