Hamden doubles up Amity, wins seventh in a row

HAMDEN — Hamden coach Amanda Forcucci knows her team is young. She also knows her team is very good.

Just how good remains to be seen.

Playing tenacious defense and never allowing Amity to get started, Hamden defeated the Spartans 44-22 in a Southern Connecticut Conference contest at Hamden High Thursday evening.

The win was the seventh in a row for the Green Dragons and helped Hamden improve its record to 9-1.

“Whenever you know you are going to play against any team Michelle Shoop is coaching, you know it is going to be a tough night offensively,” Forcucci said. “They pride themselves on their defense. We knew that. We also had to match them defensively.”

“We’ve been working on our defense all year from day one. It is something, when you are talking team defense and how you will break it down, it takes time. Hopefully, we are at the end of January and we should be clicking. Defensively, it is a good feeling to know we are getting better and better.”

While Hamden is on the up-swing, Amity is trying to find a groove to propel the team through the remainder of the season. The Spartans scored just seven points in the first half and another five points in the third quarter, before finally getting going in the final eight minutes.

“Offense has been our struggle,” Shoop said after her team fell to 6-7. “If you said to a team you want to hold Hamden to 24 points at halftime, I think every team would take it. Our defense has been great. We knew they were explosive. We just are trying to get our footing on offense.”

The Green Dragons had seven players in the scoring column and were led by sophomore Alana Philpotts with 16 points.

Sophomore Leah Philpotts added seven points, while fellow sophomore Gianna Donnarummo scored six. Senior Caroline Ennis and freshman Kamora Moore each scored five points for the Green Dragons.

“We just want to slow things down, run when we have to and run our plays” Alana Philpotts said. “We just have to have our chemistry and keep our focus up in practice to do the things we need to do.”

Donnarummo got the Green Dragons going with a 3-pointer to start the contest, before Amity’s Sarah Granados evened the game with a 3-pointer of her own. The 3-pointer by Granados was the last time the Spartans were even in the contest as Hamden rolled off the next seven points with Alana Philpotts scoring four and Leah Philpotts scoring three.

Hamden’s defense helped put the game away in the opening half, forcing numerous turnovers and also forcing Amity into poor shot selection.

“We are young,” Shoop said. “We have a lot of new people coming in and out. We have had a lot of different lineups throughout the season because of all the interruptions and stuff. We are trying to come together as a team and put the ball in the hoop.”

Amity, which came into the contest winning three of its last four, got as close as 15 points on a bucket by Vivian Cain, before Hamden scored seven of the final 10 points for a 31-12 lead.

When Kamora Moore drained a 3-pointer with just over one minute remaining in the third quarter, the Green Dragons took a 19-point lead to the final quarter.

“We worked a lot on defense in practice because we know our defense will help us win our games.,” Alana Philpotts said.

Granados led Amity with 12 points.


Alana Philpotts — Hamden sophomore scored 16 points, including 10 in the opening half when Hamden took a 24-7 lead.


“That’s the question I think a lot of people are asking. We have been tested a couple of times this year and we have responded. It will be interesting to see in the postseason. We are still young. They are sophomores. They are not young experience wise, but age wise. We talk about that every day about maturity and experience wise and leadership. As the games continue, we get more confident and more confident.”

— Hamden coach Amanda Forcucci


AMITY5 2 5 10 — 22

HAMDEN13 11 7 13 — 44

AMITY (6-7)

Meredyth Laskowski 0 0 1-2 1; Jayne Whitman 1 0 0-0 2; Jill Barnes 0 1 0-0 3; Sarah Granados 41 1-3 12; Grace Cavallaro 1 0 0-0 2; Vivian Cain 1 0 0-0 2 Team: 7 2 2-5 22

HAMDEN (10-1)

Gianna Donnarummo 0 2 0-0 6; Alana Philpotts 8 0 0-1 16; Leah Philpotts 3 0 1-2 7; Caroline Ennis 1 0 3-3 5; Gianna Robert 0 0 1-2 1; Ankhesen Huckaby 2 0 0-0 4; Kamora Moore 1 10-0 5 Team: 14 4 5-8 44