Wilmington Charter 38, Tatnall 37 - Thursday, February 13 @ Tatnall
The Tatnall girls basketball team welcomed out of conference opponent Wilmington Charter last Thursday. The Hornets came out with a slow start and found themselves down early after the first quarter. However, Tatnall answered in the second, taking advantage of their size inside and using a 2-3 zone on defense to take a one-point advantage at halftime, 22-21.
It was back and forth the entire second half with both teams holding small leads down the stretch. Ultimately, poor foul shooting cost the Hornets as they lost by one point as a buzzer-beating attempt by Emma Kirby '23 bounced off the rim. It was a tough loss for the Hornets who fell to 12-6 on the season. Breionna Dodson '21 paced the Hornets from the inside with 18 points, followed by freshman Rachael Whitehead '23 with six points off the bench. Emma Kirby, Sophie Kirby '22, and Kali Clayton scored five, four, and three points respectively, while Grace Trerotola rounded out the scoring finishing with one point.
Tatnall 49, Wilmington Friends 41 - Tuesday, February 18 @ Tatnall
This past Tuesday, Tatnall welcomed conference rival Wilmington Friends to the Hive for the second of two meetings this season. Despite beating the Quakers earlier in the season, the Hornets knew it would be a tough game against two teams that know each other so well. Friends came out of the gates hot from the outside, hitting five threes in the first quarter and leading 17-12. Tatnall was able to make adjustments on both ends of the floor in the second quarter, using a 3-2 zone to slow the shooters while making an emphasis to use their size on the offensive end. Tatnall was able to regain the leading 30-24 at halftime.
Both teams battled back and forth in the second half, but every time the Quakers were able to cut the lead to four, the Hornets had an answer. Tatnall also used some clutch foul shooting down the stretch to help secure the victory, 49-41. Breionna Dodson' 21, Emma Kirby '23, and Sophie Kirby '22 used their size inside to pace the Hornets in scoring with 19, 11, and nine points, respectively. Eighth grader Grace Trerotola '24 pitched in seven points, and point guard Kali Clayton scored three and had several steals to round out the scoring. The win improved the
Hornets to 13-6 overall on the season.
Tatnall 51, Wilmington Christian 41 - Thursday, February 20 @ Tatnall
The Tatnall girls basketball team welcomed the Warriors of Wilmington Christian for the second of two meetings on the season. The Warriors and Hornets went back and forth in the first half with Tatnall racing out to a 25-13 lead only to have the Warriors go on a run to finish the half. Despite the run, Tatnall still found themselves with a lead, 25-20 at halftime.
Spreading the floor, using good spacing and passing on offense, the Hornets used a balanced offensive attack to maintain a lead and win the game with a final score of 51-41. Tatnall scored in a variety of ways, including baseline drives to the basket, outside jump shots, post moves inside, and offensive rebounds. The box score indicated a strong team effort on both ends of the floor. Both Breionna Dodson '21 and Emma Kirby '23 finished with double-doubles. Dodson finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds while Kirby added 11 points and 11 rebounds. Grace Trerotola '23 provided some timely outside shooting and finished with 10 points. Sophie Kirby '22 scored from inside and outside, finishing with eight points. Point guard Kali Clayton '23 contributed six points and five steals on the defensive end. Rachael Whitehead '23 provided solid defense and two free throws to score two points, while Jordan Cella '22 was a strong contributor on both sides of the floor for the Hornets.
Tatnall finished the regular season with a 14-6 overall record and 5-3 in the conference. The Hornets finished second in the conference behind Sanford and will now wait to see what seed they receive in the upcoming state tournament. More details to come next week. Way to go Hornets!