Pennington's varsity girls' basketball team recently played in the Peddie School Tip-Off Tournament.
The tournament marked the start of the Red Hawks' season, as well as the debut of the team's new coaching staff. Head coach Carmen Cook and assistant coach Kelly O'Connell have their team off and running in the new season.
Pennington played three games in the tournament, winning all three and capturing the title while taking their record to 3-0.
In the first round game, Pennington knocked off Lake Forest School of Wilmington, Delaware with a score of 74-46. Morgan Matthews had a big game for the Red Hawks scoring 22 points.
Anna Hokkanen, who hails from Tampere, Finland, scored 17 points for Pennington while Izzy Augustine (12 pts.), Macayla Rodriguez (12 pts.), and Gabby Hall (10 pts.) rounded out the scoring.
Pennington's second round game saw them play Wilbraham & Monson Academy from Wilbraham, Massachusetts, who came in with a talented team.
In the end, Pennington had pulled off an impressive win with a score of 68-59. Morgan Matthews (28 pts.) and Izzy Augustine (21 pts.) combined to score 49 points for the Red Hawks and help their team gain a spot in the championship game. Macayla Rodriguez added 10 points.
The Red Hawks displayed scrappy defense, timely rebounds, and managed a few critical steals to knock off Wilbraham & Monson.
In the championship game, Pennington faced St. Benedict's Prep and won 58-49. Tournament MVP Morgan Matthews scored 24 points, including 10 points in the second half when the Red Hawks needed a boost. Macayla Rodriguez capped off a strong tournament as she scored 20 points, six of which came at key times in the fourth quarter.
Izzy Augustine scored 10 points and made timely steals and rebounds in the victory. Gabby Hall pulled down big rebounds for the Red Hawks.
Also playing big minutes for the Red Hawks during the tournament were Olivia Cano, Caiden O'Connell, and Keke Nwoye.
Stuart Country Day School will travel to Pennington on Monday, December 5 for a 4:15 p.m. start. This game will mark the Red Hawks' home opener.