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ARLINGTON GIRLS DOMINATE EARLY-SEASON SHOWDOWN

Double-Double For Molly Stephens Leads The Way

By Tom Seipp
Special to HVSR

WICCOPEE – It has been a senior season to remember for four-year varsity player Molly Stephens of Arlington High School.

Entering Thursday night, Stephens was averaging 20.7 points-per-game over her first seven games. How good has she been? Well, let’s put it this way – when you can score 16 points in the Admirals’ 55-31 win over John Jay and have your average drop, you know you’re doing well.

In fact, Stephens had a double-double by adding 13 rebounds in the early-season Conference I, League A showdown.

“Honestly, I think that it’s just all my hard work is finally paying off,” Stephens said of her performance. “This is the year that I think I get to show everyone what I’ve been working on and it’s been a lot of fun.

“Molly has just been playing phenomenal,” Arlington head coach Kim Costello said of Stephens. “She’s really stepped up, she’s looking to score. But, she’s still a very good passer which makes her dangerous on the offensive end.”

It wasn’t just Stephens, it was a group effort which helped Arlington get out to an early lead. The Admirals were able to hold John Jay to just 15 first-half points. It was Arlington’s second consecutive game holding their opponent to 31 total points.

“I think it was overall decent; it wasn’t our best game, but not our worst,” Costello said. “Our defense locked down again. It’s our second straight league game where we held the team to 31 points, so we’ll take that any day.”

“I think we have something really special this year. It’s just a lot of team chemistry on and off the court. There’s not one person who doesn’t get along with each other, and I think that’s honestly what’s been showing on the court for us,” Stephens said.

After Stephens’ 16 points, Devon Schmitt had 12 and Morgan Hammell had nine for Arlington.

The Admirals improve to 7-1 overall and 2-0 in league play, and will now play four games over the next seven days. After two non-league matchups with Rye and Horace Greeley, Arlington will return to league action against Carmel next Wednesday before a big showdown with Our Lady of Lourdes on January 17th.

For John Jay, Stephanie Jean-Baptiste led the team with nine points.

“Arlington is a great team. They pretty much beat us in every facet. We’ve got a lot to work on,” John Jay head coach Larry Brooks said.

John Jay is now 5-2 overall and 1-1 in conference play. The Patriots will head to Mamaroneck on Monday before taking on rival Roy C. Ketcham on Wednesday night.

 

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