Greenwich Academy

Mirabel Rodgers’ 17 points powers Greenwich Academy basketball team past visiting Rye Country Day School

Photo by David Fierro: From left to right, senior captains Maddie Azrak, Ellie Burdick and Ellie Johnson each played pivotal roles in the Greenwich Academy basketball team’s home victory against Rye Country Day School on Jan. 31, 2023.

The Greenwich Academy basketball team accomplished a lot of ‘firsts’ with its 45-42 win over visiting Rye Country Day School on Tuesday.

Greenwich Academy’s close victory against the Wildcats marked its first home win since 2018, its first multiple win season since 2018 and its first home FAA triumph since the 2017 season. Also, the victory was the first time GA won more than one FAA game since 2017, as it continues to show steady improvement.

In Tuesday’s game, freshman Mirabel Rodgers scored a team-high 17 points and made a crucial foul shot late in the game to lead Greenwich Academy.

“Mirabel Rodgers continues to blossom into a go-to player,” Greenwich Academy coach Jordan Griffith said. “She carried us early in the game with 10 points in the first 10 minutes and is getting more and more confident. We are so excited for her future.”

Senior forward/captain Ellie Johnson scored nine points, while senior guard/captain Ellie Burdick chipped in seven points for the Gators, who improved their FAA record to 2-4 and are currently in seventh place in the league.

Griffith noted that freshman McKenna Brewer, sophomore Chloe Cook and junior Sydney Detmer “made winning plays down the stretch.”

“This is a huge win for our program and community,” Griffith said. “The gym was packed and the girls responded. Our program is so young, but moments like today go a very long way in taking steps to returning to a competitive basketball program in the FAA.”

Griffith lauded the production and overall play of the squad’s seniors.

“Our senior leadership is truly remarkable,” he said. “Johnson and Burdick are Division I athletes and set the tone for us every single day, while captain Maddie Azrak and our other seniors Elizabeth and Allie Spaulding put their heart into every moment. Without them, the growth of this program doesn’t happen.”

Greenwich Academy visits FAA opponent Hopkins School on Saturday, then hosts Greens Farms Academy on Monday. The Gators also host Millbrook School next Wednesday and Canterbury School on Feb. 11

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