Coming off a first round bye, the Marauders girls varsity were well-rested, although nervous because there was a lot at stake.The winner of the game would advance to the D2 North semifinals. Sitting at 16-4 before the playoffs, the girls had shown dominance on both sides of the floor in previous games.
However, the story of the game would be junior Jenny Call, as she hit 7 threes in the game, breaking the school record. She also contributed 6 points on the floor, with additional rebounds. With Call’s stellar performance, the Marauders solidified the win with excellent defense, successfully shutting out Triton star center Tessa Lafrance to only 14 points.
Having not played a game for nine days, the Marauders were a tad sloppy in the first half of the quarter as Belmont and Triton traded baskets. With the score 5-4 with 4:37 left in the first, the Marauders went on a 8-0 run, with an and-1 from junior forward Greta Propp, a three from junior guard Carly Christofori, and another and-1 by Jenny Call with a missed free-throw. After a Triton timeout, the Vikings recovered and fought back, with a pair of threes from Lafrance and Primpas, cutting down the lead to 1, 12-11. At the end of the first, Call hit a three with the clock winding down, pushing the lead to 19-13.
Jenny Call opens the second quarter with a baseline drive (21-13), and the Vikings and Marauders trade baskets with a score of 25-17 with 2:13 left. Despite sophomore Jane Mahon’s monstrous block, the Vikings still score, which pushed the lead to 25-19, but Jenny Call would have none of it as she drains a three to push the lead to 28-19 to end the second.
The second half would be characterized by Belmont’s lockdown defense and Jenny Call’s sharpshooting, as Belmont went on a 16-4 run to push their lead to 21 points. Nine of those points would come from 3 threes made by Jenny Call, along with 4 points by sophomore guard Megan Tan. By the end of the third, Belmont would double the Viking’s score (46-23); they were well on their way to a victory. Continuing their stifling defense, the Marauders held Triton to only 9 points in the fourth, while adding 16 more on offense. With the game pretty much over, the only excitement in the student section was provoked by how many threes Jenny Call would hit before the game ended. By her 7th three pointer, both her teammates and the student section were hysterical, as history had been made in Belmont High. The Marauders would close out the night 62-32, defeating the Vikings by an astounding 30-point margin.
The Belmont GVB will play Arlington Catholic on Tuesday, March 7th, at 6:45 at Wilmington, the same opponent in the semifinals last year where the girls emerged victorious. They will be prepared to produce the same result as last year so that they can head into the D2 North sectional finals.