By RJ Walters / Daily News Sports Editor
As published in the Feb. 4, 2009 edition of the Hillsdale Daily News
For all intensive purposes, one horse made the SCAA a two-horse race in girl’s basketball Tuesday night.
The Hillsdale Academy Colts staved off a second-half rally by the Camden-Frontier Redskins 56-52, to improve to 8-0 in league play, the identical mark of Waldron coming into this week.
“We obviously knew Camden was an excellent ball club and this is a big win for us,” Academy coach Jeff Hubbard said. “We really had to get by them to make our games count down the stretch.”
With the loss C-F is now 5-3 in SCAA play, three games behind the co-leaders.
This battle started off slowly, with the Redskins getting out to an 8-5 lead after one quarter.
The Colts’ Connaught Blood and Redskins’ Morgan Warfield, both team’s top scorers were held scoreless and Hubbard said both teams were kind of tight.
Blood took control in the second quarter though, going off for 13 points, helping lead her team to a 24-20 halftime lead.
The Colts went ahead by as many as 10 points in the third quarter, but the Redskins rallied late to pull within one heading into the final period.
It was back-and-forth for a while, but Warfield fouled out with four minutes remaining and Megan Schwartzengraber and Jackie Parker joined her on the bench shortly thereafter.
“When Morgan fouled out that was a huge loss for them and I think it kind of took the wind out of their sails,” Hubbard said.
Warfield led C-F with 12 points to go with nine rebounds, four steals and four assists.
Jackie Parker added 10 points and four assists.
For the Academy it was all about the backcourt.
Blood finished with a game-high 26 points to go along with five steals and five assists, while sophomore Shena Albaugh scored 14 points and swiped seven steals.
“She’s been building lately and she’s got huge potential and is really quick and can jump,” Hubbard said of Albaugh.
Heather Lantis added 12 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks.
Hillsdale Academy faces Waldron twice in the next several weeks, with a conference title hanging in the balance.
“They are scrappy. And it’s kind of remarkable because both teams graduated a lot of key players from last year,” Hubbard said. “We should have some dandy games with them.”