GA Sinks Buccaneers at Home

FORT WASHINGTON — Three different Germantown Academy players scored in double figures when the team hosted Caravel Academy on Dec. 12. The Patriots never trailed in the game and eventually came away with a 64-50 victory.

Leading the GA offense was Rachel Balzer ’19, who made four three-pointers and ended the night with 16 points. Maddie Vizza ’20 chipped in 10 points as well.

“Rachel did a good job hitting the three,” Head Coach Sherri Retif said. “We had three players in double figures and they did a good job sharing the ball.”

Elle Stauffer ’20 was the third member of the team to reach double-digit points. She also managed to grab six rebounds, four steals, three assists and two blocks.

“It’s definitely something I work on,” Stauffer said. “We push each other in practice so it comes a lot easier during the games.”

The Patriots started off fast, tallying 20 points in the first quarter, their highest output in the first frame this year. The team poured in 15 more points in the second quarter and carried a 35-24 lead into the half.

Even though GA had a double-digit lead at the half, they did not take their foot off of the pedal going into the latter parts of the game. Through the final two quarters of play, the Patriots almost matched their halftime total, falling just shy with 29 points.

“This team just has a lot of grit and determination and desire for excellence,” Retif said. “They’re all self-motivated. They bring it in practice and you can see they bring it in games.”

The win brings the Patriots to 6-0 overall on the season. They are currently outscoring their opponents, 391-282. Despite this, Retif said that the team still has room to grow.

“We’re still trying to put all the pieces together,” Retif said. “We’re trying to do the little details. We want to win the footwork fight, gain position on the help side, fundamental details. I think we’ll be on all cylinders when everyone’s doing the fundamentals correctly. We’re close and we have some good leadership that is getting us to that point.”

Germantown Academy has a few days of practice before they return to the court on Dec. 15. They will be hosting The Pennington School as part of the Make A Wish Tournament.

“We’re feeling really good,” Stauffer said. “We want to keep rolling to 7-0 and hopefully move on to 8-0 by the end of the weekend.”

1 2 3 4 Final
Germantown Academy 20 15 15 14 64
Caravel Academy 12 12 9 17 50

GA Stats

Name FGM FTA/FTM 3pt Made Pts Total Reb Assists
Rachel Balzer 6 0/0 4 16 4 1
Elle Stauffer 4 2/4 0 10 6 3
Maddie Vizza 2 4/5 2 10 1 3
Alexa Naessens 3 3/4 0 9 6 2
Jaye Haynes 2 1/2 1 6 5 1
Caitlyn Priore 2 1/1 0 5 5 2
Becca Booth 1 2/2 0 4 2 0
Jess Moore 1 2/2 0 4 1 0
Catherine Polisano 0 0 0 0 6 4



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