It wasn’t pretty, but it was certainly effective for the Sanford School girls basketball team.
Senior guard Amber Genwright led three players in double figures with 14 points and in spite of rough stretches, the Warriors earned the right to defend their two consecutive state titles with a 47-35 win over fifth-seeded St. Elizabeth’s at the Bob Carpenter Center Wednesday night.
”We’re going to have to be composed for four quarters Friday night against [earlier winner] Ursuline,” Sanford coach Marcus Thompson said. “We’ll have to look at some film and get some things together tomorrow in practice.”
The Warriors (19-4) took command with a 17-2 first quarter lead and never led by less than 11 the rest of the way, thanks to Genwright, who missed last season with a knee injury and senior center Angie White (11 points and eight rebounds), who missed the first Warriors-Vikings match-up with a broken finger. Thompson felt both players brought something special to the table Wednesday night.
“Angie makes up for a lot of the mistakes we make on defense and Amber is one of the best players in the state also,” Thompson said. “Amber does so much for us on defense and when she gets her offense going, that’s an added bonus for us.”
Junior guard Johanna McMillan joined Genwright and White in double figures with 12 points.
Macy Robinson led St. E’s, who finished their season 14-9 with 11 points.
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