Hubbell powers GA past Penn Charter

Germantown Academy's Margaret Hubbell (25), who had a game-high 18 points and added 12 rebounds, duels with Penn Charter's Meriyah Davis for possession of the ball in the first half.
Germantown Academy's Margaret Hubbell (25), who had a game-high 18 points and added 12 rebounds, duels with Penn Charter's Meriyah Davis for possession of the ball in the first half. (CHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer)
Posted: February 09, 2014

The contest was about a minute and a half old when Margaret Anne Hubbell gave the first indication of what kind of basketball game it was going to be.

A senior forward for Germantown Academy, Hubbell posted up a Penn Charter defender, received a pass, and muscled her way to the basket, getting fouled in the process.

Hubbell plays the game in an undeniably physical way, and her body takes a beating over 32 minutes. She used her grit to the Patriots' advantage on Friday, as GA defeated the host Quakers, 51-36, in an Inter-Ac League matchup.

Hubbell's game-high 18 points and her 12 rebounds, block, and steal were nothing new for the Patriots (16-4 overall, 8-2 league). She has been a consistent force for the squad all year.

"Even if I'm not having a good game, I want my team to play well," Hubbell said. "I try my hardest even if I'm missing, just so we can get the win."

The recent return of sophomore guards Kendall Grasela and Erin Lindahl to the starting lineup helped put the Patriots over the top against Penn Charter (17-6, 7-4).

Both had been out with injuries. Lindahl missed only a few games, but Grasela had been out more than a month, missing 10 games.

"I can always do better," Grasela said. "I thought my passes were good. I'm the point guard, so I get a lot of assists. I thought my assists were back."

If there were kinks to be worked out and an offense to get acclimated to, it wasn't obvious, as the Patriots ran the floor efficiently and looked to be in sync throughout.

"Everybody came to play today. You could tell all the way through the lineup," junior Olivia Gorman said.

With a game against rival Episcopal Academy and the Independent Schools state tournament starting next week, the Patriots are glad to have returned to almost full strength.

"We will be back to GA basketball soon for sure," Grasela said.

Germantown Academy 10 14 14 13 - 51

Penn Charter 7 7 7 15 - 36

GA: Margaret Anne Hubbell 18, Olivia Gorman 12, Kendall Grasela 7, Erin Lindahl 5, Lauren Oeth 4, Abby Starzecky 3, Lilly Bolen 2.

PC: Hannah Fox 9, Camryn Gold 8, Nicolette Napoleon 7, Ayanna Matthews 6, Alexis Hnatkowsky 3, Kristina Kubach 3.


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