Hamden Hall's Ellie Moffat, a resident of Stratford, is creating a buzz for the Hornets this winter. (Photo by John Nash)

ON THE SIDELINES: Moffat creating a buzz with Hamden Hall Hornets

HAMDEN—Ellie Moffat is the kind of basketball player who does so many little things well that she’s a big contributor for the Hamden Hall girls varsity basketball team.

On Tuesday, facing FAA league rival Greens Farms Academy, Moffat’s efforts were par for the course.

Twelve points. A handful of rebounds. A couple of assists. Some hard-nosed defense. A bruise or two and a floor burn fighting for one more possession.

“Ellie is a fire-fly,” Hamden Hall coach Brian Johnson said of his 5-foot-5 sophomore guard. “She does everything for us. She’s on the ball, she’s shooting the three, she’s driving. She’s just awesome.”

Moffat is a resident of Stratford, one of the town’s players who took her academic and athletic goals the prep school route.

Hamden Hall’s Ellie Moffat, a resident of Stratford, is creating a buzz for the Hornets this winter. (Photo by John Nash)

She found Hamden Hall to be the perfect fit for all her efforts, athletically and academically.

“I just love the community here,” Moffat said after the Hornets fell to GFA, slipping to the third seed in next week’s FAA tournament. “Everyone here is so sweet, and I enjoy being around everybody. Plus, I play soccer and lacrosse, so it gives me the opportunity to do it all.”

Johnson remembers watching Moffat coming up through the region’s AAU ranks.

“She had the fire,” he said. “As a matter of fact, I coached against Ellie and she the shooter in the corner. We knew we had to watch her.”

Johnson would later coach Moffat in AAU and in his first year at Hamden Hall he has seen her “blossom” as an overall player.

“I knew what I was getting, but in terms of the all-around game, it’s starting to blossom,” Johnson said. “She’s taking it to the rim and making great entry passes, too.”

As a sophomore, she’s also emerging as a leader on a young team, a calm voice of reason on a young team looking to maintain its status as one of the better teams in the league.

“When we get down, I try to pick my players up and keep them going,” Moffat said. “I feel really comfortable doing that. The girls on this team are so sweet, we are all there to pick each other up.”

Hamden Hall’s Ellie Moffat, a resident of Stratford, is creating a buzz for the Hornets this winter. (Photo by John Nash)

Moffat—who once played youth travel with St. Mark’s in Stratford—hopes to take her talents to college in a couple of years and might even follow in her father’s footsteps and become a teacher.

“I want to work with kids,” she said. “Maybe become a coach.”

First, though, are two-plus years left at Hamden Hall where other goals are the priority.

“I want to go all the way,” Moffat said about winning the FAA championship. “I want to win against (five-time league champ) St. Luke’s. I’m tired of losing to them. And now we have GFA to beat, as well.”

Chances are Moffat will be on the court for every single of the game in the Hornets’ quest for that goal. And she’ll be doing all the little things that will make a big contribution to Hamden Hall’s success.

“On The Sidelines” is an occasional feature column written by Stratford Sports Scene managing editor John Nash

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