ELMSFORD, N.Y. Maia Hood scored 25 of her game-high 33 points in the first half Saturday to lift the Hamilton girls basketball team to a 66-53 victory over neighboring rival Woodlands in the championship game of the Elmsford Classic basketball tournament at Hamilton High School.
Hamilton (3-0) took a 39-39 lead on three consecutive baskets by Hood late in the second quarter and the teams finished a foul-filled half with the Red Raiders up 39-31. There were 31 fouls called in the first half and Hood took advantage by making eight free throws in the half.
Woodlands (2-1) got strong performances from guards Imani Tilford, who had a team-high 17 points, and Nita Kahn, who added 10 points. Nicole Brooks scored 12 for the Falcons.
Hamilton took an eight-point halftime lead and outscored the Falcons 15-8 in the third quarter to stretch the lead to 17.
Hamilton coach Benjamin Carter said his team did not play up to expectations.
We didnt play well tonight, Carter said. I guess that happens when we play Woodlands, but we need to be much better.
Amani Lightbourne contributed 12 points for Hamilton and Kali Gill and Danasia Farmer rebounded well for the Raiders.
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