In this week’s Games of the Week, we highlight the Deerfield girls and boys varsity basketball teams who swept Choate in their season finale games.
On their home courts – The Class of 1953 Gym and The Hale Gym – the girls varsity basketball along with the boys JV basketball team tipped off the four Friday night finale of games against visiting rival Choate Rosemary Hall. The boys varsity basketball and girls JV basketball teams took to the court at the final whistle of the girls varsity and boys JV games and completed the four-game sweep.
At the end of the first quarter, the girls varsity basketball team trailed the visiting Wild Boars, 12-14, but held their opponent to only five points in the second quarter to gain the 28-19 advantage at halftime.
In the second half, the Big Green continued making their shots and working tirelessly defensively posting a second half score of 29-20 to secure the 57-39 win.
Angie Czeremcha ’21 topped the Big Green score sheet, posting 25 points and made 11 rebounds and fellow classmate Claire Cummings ’21 registered 11 points and posted seven rebounds in the win. Katy Gilbert ’20 scored seven points, had five assists and registered two rebounds. Co-captain Tess Mannix ’20 also picked up two rebounds and scored five points. Raegan Hickey ’20 scored six points and had five rebounds, and she led the team with eight assists. Co-captain Kelly Lahart ’20 posted six rebounds and registered a point in the win.
This meeting between the two rival teams, marked third meeting and third win for the Big Green over the Wild Boars this season. Prior to the final regular season game, the Doors defeated Choate on December 20, 2019 in the semifinals of the Deerfield Holiday Tournament (72-63) and they met again on February 22, 2020 in the Eight Schools Girls Basketball Tournament hosted by NMH, again the Big Green downed their rival, 50-31.
With Deerfield fans racing between the two gyms during the two games, the boys JV basketball team was also successful on both ends of the court, upending Choate 50-27 in the final game of their regular season, posting an overall season record of 10-7.
In the next slate of games, the girls JV basketball team extended their winning season by defeating the Wild Boars, 34-15 and furthering their season record to 11-2 thanks to the leadership of the four seniors on their roster.
For the second game of the night in the Class of 1953 Gym, the boys varsity basketball team posted a 55.3% scoring average on their way to victory over the Wild Boars in their final game of the season.
Connor Printz ’20 posted 20 points in the game to lead the Big Green scoring. He was followed on the score sheet by classmates Ben Diffley ’20 (15 points) and Deandre Ortiz ’20 (12 points). Bennett Pitcher ’21 and James Steinberger ’20 each registered 11 points and Thomas Lu ’22 rounded out the night’s scoring with five points.
At the end of the first quarter the Big Green held a double digit point lead over Choate, 40-19. Propelled by the boisterous Big Green crowd that packed the stands, in the second half the team continued to extend their lead by registering another 34 points in the second half to secure the 74-46 win, the team’s biggest and most commanding win of the 2019-2020 season. Saving the best for last!
With the boys and girls varsity and JV teams earning wins Friday, February 28 against the visiting Wild Boars, the Big Green earned the sweep over rival Choate! A great way for Deerfield basketball to close out the 2019-2020 regular season.
Boys JV Basketball: Win 50-27
Girls JV Basketball: Win 34-15
Girls Varsity Basketball vs. Choate: Win 57-39
Boys Varsity Basketball: Win 74-46
Rewatch the varsity basketball games vs. Choate:
Boys Varsity Basketball: vs. Choate – Game
Girls Varsity Basketball: vs. Choate – Game