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Hilltopper girls suffer first defeat

Brenna Riley '12
Student Life Editor
December 20, 2010

On Tuesday, December 14, the Durfee Hilltoppers Girls Varsity Basketball team (0-1) began their season with a home game against the Foxboro Warriors (1-0). After a momentous season last year, expectations were high for the Hilltoppers. Durfee’s biggest fans, also known as The Sixth Man, were all at the event, hoping to see the team pull off their first win of the season.

Durfee’s new head coach, Sal Pina, began the game with four returning starters from last year, seniors Danielle Gauvin, Danisha Parks, Toni Fenn and junior Rachael Camara, as well as junior Chelsea Campellone joinining them to start the battle against the Warriors.

Taking the lead almost immediately the Toppers dominated the majority of the first three quarters. The greatest change noted in this game was the depth this season’s team had compared to last season. After only going six men deep last year, this year, in their first game alone the Toppers went ten men deep, getting help off the bench from seniors Gabrielle Sime and Chandavy Heng, junior Rachel Meyen, and sophomores Tara McCann and Bailey Brooks.

Throughout the game seniors Gauvin and Parks led the team with outstanding efforts. Gauvin managed to sink three three-pointers by the final buzzer and Parks led the Toppers with fifteen points, twelve rebounds, and four steals.

In the fourth quarter, however, things began to go down hill for Durfee. Their seven point lead turned into a five point defecit that could not be recovered. The Toppers suffered a defeat, the final score of the game being 55-48.