HEBRON — Platt was riding the tide of its first state tournament win in seven years, but the offense of top-seeded RHAM was too much for the Panthers to overcome Saturday night in the second round of the Class L girls basketball tournament.
The Sachems ended No. 17 Platt’s season with a 71-45 victory. The Panthers closed the books at 13-10.
“I’m proud of these kids,” said Platt head coach Tina Gonyea. “We came this far when probably a lot of people didn’t think we’d make it this far. Obviously not the way you want to go out. The kids tried as hard as they could, but they’re a good team.”
Platt actually won the first quarter 10-9. The Panthers got out in transition early, not allowing RHAM defenders to set themselves. This created several opportunities early on. Madison Chatman had four points in the quarter for Platt.
The Sachems (23-2) had several open looks from beyond the arc, but the shots just didn’t go down. Gretchen Kron led RHAM with five first-quarter points.
The second quarter is where the wheels fell off for Platt. RHAM’s offense torched the nets for 22 points, including a four-point play by Jackie Santella, who got fouled while hitting a 3-pointer.
Defensively, RHAM began running a full-court press and Platt had trouble adjusting. The Panthers scored eight points in the quarter, but six of those came off 3’s from Jayleena Gordils to end the quarter. RHAM took a 31-18 lead into the half.
Gordils stayed hot for Platt in the third quarter. She had eight points and played with lots of intensity trying to help her team claw back into it. Kiara Lopez added six points in the frame.
Although Platt’s offense got going to begin the second half, the defense could not slow the Sachems, who scored 24 more points in the third. Kron scored eight more points relentlessly attacking the basket.
RHAM led Platt 55-37 going into the fourth quarter and the lead was safe. RHAM slowed things down, then went to its bench with a quarterfinal date looming Thursday vs. No. 8 Windsor.
Gonyea subbed out her seniors and let the reserves play out the rest of the game.
Kron led the Sachems with 21 points. Santella finished with 12. Two of RHAM’s energy players, Lia Baroncini and Sam Bodey, had 10 apiece.
Gordils had an impressive outing in leading Platt with 19 points. Lopez finished with eight. Wallica Bailey chipped in with seven.