Hounds Keep the Cup to Cap Exuberant Week of Fox/Hound Fun

Leipheimer Gym was rocking Saturday when the Foxes and the Hounds met in their annual Battle for the Cup — aka Big Game. Students, faculty, alumnae, and parents were there in their colors; the drums were deafening and the cheers lively. Enthusiasm along the sidelines was matched by the hustle and heart on the court. The new 11am start for Big Game changed nothing, including — unfortunately for the Foxes — the outcome.

Led by All-Delaney Athletic Conference First Team selection (and Hound Cheerleader) Mia M. '18, the Hounds defeated the Foxes, 60-25, to hold on to The Cup for the fifth consecutive year. The victory completed a basketball sweep by the yellow and brown that began Friday with Little and Middle Game triumphs by the Hound Puppy and Stern teams.
With four Varsity Team starters on their Big Team, the Hounds were heavy favorites, but the Foxes came out strong and took a stunning 5-0 lead at the start of Big Game. The Hounds finally got on the scoreboard with two free throws by Hound Captain Trinity P. '18 with 4:25 remaining in the first quarter. 

Three minutes later, Mia stole the ball and took it in for a layup that gave the Hounds their first lead of the game, 11-10, and they never looked back. The Hounds then outscored the Foxes 17-4 to take a 28-14 lead into intermission and dominated the second half.

Mia finished with 21 points, two more than she scored a year ago. Trinity had 13 points and Big Team Captain Loren S. '19 scored six points and played outstanding defense. 

The Foxes got eight points each from Big Team Captain Leah S. '19 and Fox Captain Pia S. '18, who hit two three-point shots!

The valiant Foxes were standouts in terms of heart, effort, and persistence as they battled to the very end with everything they had. And when it was all over, there were hugs and cheers for teammates and rivals alike as everyone celebrated the true meaning of the day —  true friends through and to the end — and headed out to Spring Break.

The spirited week began with Teas on Monday, dedicated practices all week, and the traditional Sing Sing/Morning Meeting in FoxHound on Friday. In the afternoon, the competition was passionate as Puppy Team, led by captains Ellen B. '21 and Larisa B. '20, bested the Cub Team, captained by Isabel W. '20 and Maria C. '19, by a score of 15-5.

Stern Team Captain Willa C. '19 led the Hounds with six points while Captain Brianna M. '20 added three in the Hounds' 17-6 Middle Game victory over the Fox Middle team, led by junior captains Bailey R. and Annie Z.
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