The Greenwich High School girls basketball team celebrated Senior Night prior to its game against visiting Westhill Friday evening. The Cardinals will bid farewell to seven seniors following the season – Caroline Barrett, Jenny Cespedes, Daniela Hernandez, Rebecca Kural, Danielle Raviele, Brittany Rodriguez and Maureen Tracey.
In what was a nice touch, the ceremony featured an underclassmen on the team paying tribute to each senior with a short speech. The seniors then received roses and were escorted onto the court by their parents. Once the game began, most of the seniors were on the court, as Cardinals coach Chrys Hernandez opted to start seniors Barrett, Hernandez, Kural, Raviele and Tracey.
It was nice to see Raviele in action. Sidelined with a shoulder injury since the preseason, Friday night marked her first game of the season. Her presence gives the Cardinals, who are pretty deep already, added depth. As for the game, Greenwich made a representative showing against one of the FCIAC’s elite teams. As you’ll read in my article on our website or in our paper, a fast start and finish and a monster game by forward Megan D’Alessandro did the Cardinals in.
Greenwich faced deficits of 16-2 and 20-6 early on before making several runs of its own. Freshman center Abbie Wolf scored 10 points, sophomore Jamie Kockenmeister had six points, junior Rebecca DeCarlo had five points and Barrett had four for the Cardinals, who had a strong second and third quarter.
Complementing D’Alessandro was forward Tyler Evans, who had 16 points and pulled down nine rebounds for the Vikings. Westhill had a big edge on the foul line, converting 17 of 21 free throws. The Cards, meanwhile, shot 10-of-17 from the foul line.
“The deeper you get into the season things like making foul shots and layups in key situations becomes even more important,” coach Hernandez said. “This was a game of runs. We had ours, then Westhill had theirs at the end.”