Receiving a career-high 14 points from senior forward/captain Ellie Johnson, the Greenwich Academy basketball team topped Masters School, 33-29, in an FAA game, held in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., on Wednesday.
The victory marked Greenwich Academy’s first triumph of its 2022-2023 season. Complementing Johnson in the scoring department for GA were freshman Mirabel Rodgers, who scored 11 points and senior captain Maddie Azrak, who swished key foul shots during the game’s closing minutes.
Gators coach Jordan Griffith credited senior captain/guard Ellie Burdick for playing strong defense against guard Dakota Daniello – Masters’ leading scorer.
“Our three senior captains have put so much into our program,” Griffith said. “It’s fitting that they all contributed in this win. Ellie Johnson led us in scoring and has been the voice behind this group. Ellie Burdick put together one of the best defensive performances you will see at the high school level and always leads by example. And Maddie has been a rock. She has such poise evidenced by her game-sealing free throws. We have been blessed to have such a great group of leaders pushing our program forward.”
Along with her team-best 14 points, Johnson grabbed 13 rebounds and had four steals for the Gators. Rodgers’ 11 points was also her GA career-high and she also pulled down five rebounds.
Burdick totaled six steals and five rebounds in the winning effort. The win gave GA its first victory against an FAA opponent in five years.
Greenwich Academy will be in action again on Jan. 21, against visiting Miss Porter’s School. The Gators will then visit Hamden Hall Country Day School on Jan. 26.