Dec. 22, 2004 - The frustration began to mount late in the second quarter for Whitney Standifer of Green Fields Country Day School's girls basketball team as shot after shot found more iron than net.
With every miss it wore on the senior forward's face and posture, continuing through the first two quarters and right on through the halftime warmups.
St. Gregory's College Preparatory had found a way to stop Green Fields' standout forward, routing the Griffins 43-27 Dec. 17 at St. Gregory.
Corey Belin paced the Hawks with 17 points and Kay Mgbolu added 14 of her own as St. Gregory won the rubber match between the two schools this year.
Junior guard Nora Gustufson led the Class 1A Griffins with 10 points. Both squads are now 7-5 on the season.
Even with its leading scorer held off the scoreboard, Green Fields found itself down just four points at the break. Standifer wasn't the only Griffin going through a drought against the Hawks. Green Fields was shut out in the second quarter and held to just four points in the fourth.
St. Gregory began to pull away from Green Fields in the third quarter. After trading six points apiece to open the half, including Standifer's only field goal, St. Gregory reeled off a 10-0 run to put the Hawks up 33-18. Highlighting the Hawks' run was MgBolu, who picked off three Griffin inbounds passes and converted them into six of her eight points during the stretch.
Despite losing by 17 points to the Hawks, Green Fields head coach Tom Danehy found some light on an otherwise dark performance.
"In the past, once she started shooting poor she would just disappear," said the third year coach of the senior's ability to still pull down more than 10 rebounds and be a factor on virtually every play for the Griffins on both ends of the court, despite finishing with four points.
For Green Fields, a rigorous finals week schedule may have taken its toll on Class 2A St. Gregory. Still, Danehy offered no excuses for his team's performance against the team they beat by two points in late November.
When asked what good could come out of a 17-point loss, Danehy's answer was curt.
"Yeah, finals are over."
The coach still expects his team to finish around 25 wins this season, feasting on weaker programs in a conference in which they expect to challenge for a state title come the postseason.
After a last minute game scheduled against Baboquivari on Dec. 20, Green Fields will take a week off before traveling to the Queen Creek Holiday tournament Dec. 27 through Dec. 30.