TGBL Roundup: Waves Clip Huskies, Spurs Roll Past Pacers
Dec 20, 2014 08:38AM
● By Bill Gilman
(Editor's note: The following information was submitted by the administration of the Tewksbury Girls Basketball League.)
Huskies 12, Waves 13
A very undermanned Huskies team played this past Saturday. We came out to a very slow start, but as the game progressed our confidence increased. Izzy Carlton, Kristina Johnson, Megan Cunningham and Nicole Stephens all broke into the scoring column while Kaitlyn Oats and Rachel Scaringi both took good shots and played tough defense. Regardless of the final score the girls should be very proud of how they played this game under very tough conditions.
The Waves earned another victory this weekend with a great team win against the Huskies. All around team scoring was again the key with: Asha Speller (16), Adrianna Niles (6), Melanie Crepeau (4), Shannon Crowley (2), Alex Fowler (2), and Molly O'Neill (2). Erin McIntyre and Alyssa Boudreau lead with terrific assists. Great team defense from all the girls
Jayhawks 35, Eagles 17
The Eagles were shorthanded this week against a strong Jayhawks team. Scoring for the Eagles was led by Gianna Ragucci (10) with an additional 6 points by Alexa Harrington. Maegan Marshall made a few shot attempt, almost scoring on one of her attempt. Jaime Burns grabbed 4 key rebounds on both the offensive and defensive ends. Alexis Foley and Rose Strobel led the defensive efforts in the center and low post preventing some additional baskets. Emma Fleming was solid in her off guard position supporting both Alexa and Gianna. All in all, the team played hard from start to finish while being short 2 players.
Jayhawks 35 Eagles 17
The Jayhawks put on another great display of true teamwork in their win over the Eagles this week. Offensively, they launched a balanced attack, with all 9 Jayhawks scoring, including newcomer Jennie Asselin scoring her first basket. Becca DeFrancesco, Caitlyn Fiore, and Katherine Marquis shared point guard duties, doing a great job of distributing the ball and running the Jayhawk offense. Rachel Lemus did a great job of getting herself to an opening to create several scoring opportunities and Madison Robillard had some key rebounds. The Jayhawks defense continues to be strong as well. Mikayla Dec, Meghan Ostertag and Angelina Carew had several steals, and the entire team forced many Eagle turnovers and limited their scoring opportunities.
Spurs 38, Pacers 21
The Pacers played a strong first half and only trailed by 6 points against a very talented Spurs team. The 2nd quarter defense of Marissa Ladderbush, Elizabeth Lam, Isabella Beyloune, Brooke Fullerton, and Kendall Donahoe were relentless and succeeded in slowing down the Sprus attack. However down the stretch the Spurs dug in and galloped ahead of the Pacers. Defensive player of the game was Lam who pulled down 8 rebounds and notched 3 steals on the day. In the 3rd quarter the squad of Kerry Shea, Sansan Nguyen, Mercy Olu, Crystal Shagoury, Ashley Turri, and Emily Langone were successful in putting up 14 nice shot attempts but could only get a 3-pointer by Langone to fall. Also scoring for the Pacers was Ladderbush with 7, Lam with 6, Beyloune and Fullerton with 2 each, and Shea with 1. Leading rebounder was Ladderbush with an amazing 11 boards and Langone chipped in with 6. Lam and Beyloune led the team with 3 steals apiece and Donahoe and Shea added 2 steals each.
Jazz 24 , Blazers 22
The Jazz pulled out their second win of the season in a very hard fought game against a talented Blazers team. Solid shots were led by Becca Smith (9). Emily Chmela (5), Izzy Picher (4), Hannah Maffeo (2), Bianca Araya (2), and Grace Morris (1) also added to the Jazz win. Our defense was led by the unstoppable Leanne Durham. Melissa Keeley, Helen Johnson and Christa Davis also played strong and disciplined.
Sonics 24, Suns 23
It was a barn burner up to the final buzzer as the Sonics edged the Suns and clinched their first victory of the season! It was a defensive battle back and forth against a strong Suns squad. Point guard Felicia Ragucci (6) weaved in and out of traffic to the net many times throughout the match making great shot attempts and fellow guard Erin Briley had four steals in quarter one that lead to some nice breakaways to the hoop. Alicia Barbeti (2 ) and Amber Buttaro (2) both netting their first baskets of the season coupled with awesome rebounding that was key to our victory. Abby Naughler & Michaela Svendsen (6) continue top notch work under the net, grabbing huge rebounds and Abby had several great put backs that just wouldn’t drop. The game turned up after half time as the Sonics struggled with a tough press by the Suns, but managed to get through with strong passing by Alexis Hillis and Jessica Caredeo (4), who were both instrumental for our defense as they hustled up and down the court, forcing key turnovers for the team. Christine Santos (4) was a strong force on both ends, coming up with huge plays that rose the bar during the game. Maddie Bugley played aggressive defense at the low post warding off any passes that came her way and shut down the lane forcing the ball back out. In the final minutes of the game, Svendsen made a long pass to Santos, who was solo down court and she sank it bringing the score to 23-21, but the Suns would quickly answer that basket tying the game. The Sonics regained possession and Svendsen went up for a shot, drawing the foul that put her on the line. She sunk her last shot, putting the Sonics ahead by 1 point and then it was game! This was a total team effort, awesome job girls!
Storm 11, Sparks 30
Week 3 of Tewksbury’s in town Girls Junior basketball division was played this weekend and Team Storm met Team Sparks. Storm got off to a slow start but tried hard to keep up with the Sparks. Gianna Ciampa (2points) scored the 1st basket for Storm in the 2nd quarter. She also had 4 steals during the game. Paige Quellett (3 points) played some nice defense and moved the ball well with Madelyn Montejo, Erin Morgan and Brooke Bunyan. In the 2nd half Olivia Satterfield took some nice shoots and Grace Dockery (4 points) was there for the followed up at get some solid offense rebounds. Alyssa Wallace helped out on defense at center and made (2) great steals/blocks and Madison Kearney (2) points moved the ball around well as guard.
Team Sparks got back to their winning ways on Saturday with another strong performance in defeating the Storm. They jumped out to fast start playing tough defense and rebounding the ball. The guard play from Carrina, Emily, Lauren, and Lindsey was summering. Their offense got off plenty of good shots. Madison, Nicole, Aliana, Maisan, and Caleigh led the team's scoring attack.
Rockers 20, Mercury 9
The Rockers worked as a team this week, spreading out the scoring. Defensive aces Kiley Kennedy and Sadie Basile had many steals, leading to team fast breaks. Power forwards Darya Mehrabani (4pts), Gabriella Navarette (2pts) and Erica Hinkle (4pts) all had great shots from the key. Guards Victoria Catanzano (2pts) and Isabella DeMatos (6pts) led the charge with points off of fast breaks. Lastly, Forward Isabella DeSisto (2pts) scored her first TGBL-career basket.