Derryfield vs. Epping Game 2
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.
Located in Manchester, NH, The Derryfield School is a private day school for grades 6-12. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.