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Derryfield vs. Epping Game 2

Coach Coward
DERRYFIELD 65 – EPPING 22
On Senior Night at the AWC, Derryfield combined defensive pressure led by Janai Cruz and
Jaxon Snyder with offensive balance to topple Epping 65 – 22. But the only similarity between
the Epping team that had beaten Derryfield 61-52 two days earlier and the one that Derryfield
walloped in its regular season finale was the color of the Blue Devils’ uniforms.
The Epping team that travelled to Derryfield on Thursday was composed of varsity subs and JV
players coached by the JV coach. Epping’s five varsity starters and the team’s head coach stayed
home, ostensibly to avoid any possibility of Covid exposure with the state tournament starting on
Monday, March 1.
Learning of the development shortly before game time, Coaches Ed Meade and Billy Burk and
Athletic Director Chris Hettler just shook their heads when discussing the situation during warm-
ups. But the players were not confused. They took immediate control of the game, and
continually built their lead quarter-by-quarter.
Following the Senior Night celebrations for Jaxon and Charles Renvyle and their families,
Thomas Ferdinando opened the scoring with a mid-range jumper from the left baseline. Epping
scored twice before Jaxon added a deuce again from the left baseline to tie it at 4-4 in the middle
of the first quarter. Then it was “Bye, bye, Blue Devils!”
Charles, Jack Krasnof and Griff Johnson combined for 11 points. Charles and Kaven Fitch took
control of both boards. And the Cougar D held the visitors without a field goal for over four
minutes to take a 15-5 lead into the second quarter.
From outside the arc, Krishna Kattragadda hit a 3-pointer, and Thomas netted successive 3s early
in the second. Then the Cougars went inside with Charles, Kaven, Jack and Griff scoring to
boost the Derryfield lead to 30 at halftime, 42-12.
Nothing changed following the break, as Derryfield increased the lead to 40 points by the end of
the third quarter, 57-17, and coasted through the fourth to the final buzzer. Thomas led the
Cougars with 15. Jack and Jaxon added 13 and 12 respectively. And Griff scored a hoop in each
quarter for 8. Next up is a home game in the Division IV State Tournament against Holy Family
on Monday, March 1.
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