Toads pummel Wildcats in Condor League showdown
By Jesse Phelps
The Thacher girls' varsity basketball squad
staked a major claim to the Condor League title Wednesday night,
using a balanced scoring attack and full-court pressure defense
to dismantle crosstown rival Villanova, 64-20.
Thacher moved to within one game of an outright league title,
an upcoming contest at Dunn School on Saturday.
Thacher was led by point guard Becky Horton, who notched 11 points.
She and Erica Puccetti had six steals apiece, topped only by
Annie Wheatley's eight in what was a defensive onslaught, particularly
in the second half.
The score was 26-14 at the half and Villanova looked to be solidly
in the contest. Thacher coach Melissa Johnson said her team talked
about rebounding and defense at the half and she got plenty of
both after the teams returned to the court.
Center Whitney Livermore had the game's only double-double, scoring
10 points to go with her 11 rebounds.
Six of her boards came in the second half and four on the offensive
end. She was battled inside by Wildcat forward Katie Parziale,
who scored just four points but grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds.
Parziale consistently looked to pass and she set up her teammates
for a couple of pretty buckets.
"There's something about my team that I really believe in,"
Parziale said after the contest. "I don't think it's a one-person
game. I think our whole team adds to what we all can do. I don't
think that I'm the dominant player, I think they help me play
Still, it was tough for Villanova to get shots off against Thacher's
swarming defense. Livermore and fellow Toad Steph Rauner combined
for six blocks and the team as a whole combined for 26 steals.
Stephanie DeSantis and Brittany Smallwood led Villanova's scorers
with six apiece.
Smallwood and Elizabeth Clifton grabbed five boards each and
Clifton nailed a pair of hoops, including a nice first-quarter
lay-up off a three-quarter-court pass from Parziale.
Thacher got a surprising contribution from reserve Sabrina Lee.
Perfect from the field, she also hit six free throws on her way
to 10 points. When she wasn't taking the ball agressively to
the hoop, Lee was dishing to open teammates.
"Sabrina Lee came in there and she had the game of her life,"
said Johnson. "You know, that's what you hope for. Tonight,
I thought we played more up to our potential. We are a team that
is all about defense and rebounding. We love to get our offense
jump-started off of our defense."
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ERICA Puccetti shoots the ball in the Thacher vs. VIllanova girls'
basketball game. THS won, 64-20.