The Big Green started the scoring during this rematch between NMH and Deerfield, and held onto the lead for the remainder of the contest. Going into halftime ahead 13-8, Deerfield’s 13 points were pretty evenly distributed among players, with Ella Mbanefo ’22 and Arie Lewis-Pugh ’22 both contributing four points, Elena Lu ’22 notching three points, and Fernanda Ponce ’19 adding two more.
Deerfield extended the lead to eleven points coming out of the half, going on a 9-3 run to bring the score to 22-11. NMH clawed back into the contest, trying to disrupt Deerfield by pressing, but disciplined defense by all the girls in green, coupled by confident ball handling and shooting by both Mbanefo and Lu, carried the day. Mbanefo (12 points) and Lu (8 points) led all players on both teams in scoring. Deerfield returns to the court for their final contest of the year up the road at Stoneleigh Burnham on February 13 at 3 PM.