Justyce Jenkins scored 13 points, all in the second half, to lead Fermi past crosstown rival Enfield 40-25 in the first round of the 19th annual Enfield Rotary Classic girls basketball tournament Wednesday at Enfield High School.
Jenkins drained three free throws down the stretch after Enfield had cut the Falcon's lead to nine. She then capped the scoring with an old-fashioned three point play with 28 seconds remaining.
"I kind of challenged Justyce at halftime to get mad at somebody besides me for yelling at her all the time," Fermi head coach Sean Sweeney said. "She had good opportunities in the first half but she wasn't finishing, but between her and Jill Crouse, they were the difference in the second half. Jill basically wanted the ball on every rebound."
The Falcons held Enfield to just two points in the second quarter to open up a 16-7 halftime lead.
Kerry Davis and Stacey Kraucunas each had nine points for Fermi, while freshman Olivia Caronna led the Raiders with nine points despite battling illness.
"Olivia was actually very sick, which is why I couldn't keep her in the game," Enfield head coach Megan Willis said. "She was having trouble breathing, which is why I couldn't use her more."
Fermi (2-4) advances to Thursday's championship game against Montville, which defeated Stafford 54-26. The title game follows the consolation game between Enfield (1-4) and Stafford, which begins at 6 p.m.
On Dec. 9, to break the Raiders' 66-game losing streak, dating back to 2008.
"I'm looking forward to it, I think we're more prepared than we were last time," Willis said. "Even though we've lost every game since, we've actually played tremendously better."
Fermi - Kerry Davis 3 2 9, Stacey Kraucunas 4 0 9, Nicole St. Amand 1 0 3, Kayleigh Shaughnessy 2 0 4, Justyce Jenkins 4 5 13, Jill Crouse 1 0 2. Team 15 7 40.
3-point goals: Davis, St. Amand, Kraucunas.
Enfield - Tiara Johnson 2 1 5, Rachel Kaliff 0 2 2, Wendy Paul 1 0 2, Olivia Caronna 3 1 9, Victoria King 0 1 1, Hannah Lempitsky 1 0 2, Taylor Maier 2 0 4. Team 9 5 25.
3-point goals: Caronna (2).
Score By Quarters
Fermi 9 7 8 16 - 40
Enfield 5 2 7 11 - 25