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TGBL Roundup: Jayhawks Soar Over Cougars, Sparks Shock Mystics

Jan 07, 2015 07:00AM ● By Kieran Gilman

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Intermediate League

Wildcats 36, Huskies 12

The Wildcats showed great teamwork in their win against the Huskies.  Guards Michelle Hinkle (6pts), Lexi Polimeno (10pts), Sophie Eskenas (7pts) and Abby MacAllister (4pts) pressured the Huskies guards on defense and moved the ball into the hands of the forwards on offense.  Forwards Kayla Fisk, Jaclyn Dillon (1pt), and Madison Pierce (4pts) were always in on the rebounds.  Katelyn Quinn-Cyr scored her first baskets ever, landing her 4 points in the scorebook.

Waves 29, Eagles 14

 The Soaring Eagles came up short against a tough Waves team.  Julia Cafferty led the scoring for the Eagles with 10 points with additional baskets by Alexa Harrington and Alexis Foley. Tenacious defense was on display by Brianna Iandoli and Rose Strobel at the top of the key generating some much needed turnovers.  Emma Fleming was a solid force under the hoop grabbing some key rebounds.  Both Jaime Burns and Maegan Marshall were very close on several attempts to add additional scoring for the team.  The team continues to do amazing things and become stronger as a unit each week.

Jayhawks   28, Cougars 12

 The Jayhawks continued their excellent team play against the feisty Cougars to pull off a 28 to 12 win.  The Jayhawks set the tone early on, taking a 13-4 lead in the first quarter, with Katherine Marquis (13 points) scoring 11 in that quarter.  Caitlyn Fiore (4 points) did a great job distributing the ball and had several assists.  Becca DeFrancesco (9 points) led the team in steals and blocked shots and also set up teammates with several scoring opportunities.  Angelina Carew (2 points), Jennie Asselin, and Mikayla Dec played their usual scrappy defense, hustling on both ends of the court and Madison Robillard and Rachel Lemus pulled down several key rebounds and created Cougar turnovers to help contribute to the win. 

Junior League

Rockers 12, Storm 6

The Rockers team pulled together for another great defensive week to earn a win.  Maeve Cahill and Erica Hinkle put pressure on the Storm offense, causing turn-overs.  Isabella DeSisto and Sadie Basile protected the lower key and had some great shots.  Gabriella Navarette grabbed rebounds, putting 2 back to score 4 points.  Guards Victoria Catanzano, Kiley Kennedy and Isabella DeMatos each scored a basket of their own.  Darya Mehrabani proved to be clutch in the key, providing great defense and also scoring a basket.

Storm 6, Rockers 12

 Week 6 of the Tewksbury in Town Girls JR division basketball had Storm playing the Rockers in what was a very close game to the end.  Storm came out on fire with Grace Dockery (4 points and 3 rebounds, 2 steals) to get the 1st 2 baskets of the game.  That was followed by some nice passes from Gianna Ciampa to set up Madison Kearney (2 points and 2 steals) to put Storm up 6 points.  On Defense, Brooke Bunyan had 2 rebounds and some good ball control up the court and that was supported by Madelyn Montejo who had some nice shots and follow up rebounds herself.    

In the 2nd half, Olivia Satterfield helped out on defense and kept the press on the Rockers to help keep the game close, she was supported by Alyssa Wallace (2 rebounds and 2 steals) and Erin Morgan (2 rebounds) .  With the 4th quarter in play, Paige Ouellett hustled on both sides of the ball with Kyla McGilvery (3 rebounds) to close out the game.  Good game played by both teams.

Sparks 26, Mystics 12

Team Sparks started off 2015 with a solid victory over the Mystics on Saturday, 26 to 12. After getting off to a slow start in the game, they turned on their usual good defense and turned it into offense. The guard play from Lauren, Carrina, and Emily was great. They got off plenty of good shots. Caleigh, Emily, Aliana, Nicole, Maisan, Carrina, and Madison all got into the scoring column.

Senior League

Jazz 30, Sonics 23

Bianca Araya was an animal under the boards ripping down rebound after rebound along with her teammate Helen Johnson.  Offensively, the Jazz bench did not disappoint with Emily Chmela sinking (6), Leanne Durham (5), Jordyn Cavicchi (4), Izzy Picher (4), Hannah Maffeo (4), Becca Smith (3), Grace Morris (2) and Melissa Keely (2).

Sonics 23, Jazz 30

The Sonics had a great match against the Jazz for the second time this season.  It was a slow start to game as it was 10-0 Jazz, but Jessica Caredeo kicked our offense into gear as she netted 5 of her team leading 7 points in the final minutes of the first quarter!  Alicia Barbeti (4) was an absolute tiger on the court with her best game yet as she was literally everywhere the ball was tying it up, scrapping for rebounds and playing super aggressive defense.  Madison Bugley hustled nonstop during the half of the game coming with 6 huge rebounds and one assist.  Abby Naughler and Amber Buttaro both made their presence known with great blocks under the net and put backs that just wouldn’t drop for them.  Stephanie Lemus (2) played solid in the first half sealing off the low post and took great shots.  The intensity picked up in the second half as the Sonics hustled their way back and closed the scoring gap.  Christine Santos (2) put constant pressure on the Jazz offense causing several turnovers that led to strong drives to net.  Michaela Svendsen (6) pulled down 6 rebounds and shut down the middle on defense forcing the ball to the outside.  Alexis Hillis (2) stepped up as guard for the team and set perfect pics that helped the team move the ball into Jazz territory.  The final quarter was filled with great intensity from both sides and as the Sonics clawed back, so did the Jazz.  In the end, we came up short, but there was a lot a good things to build on for our next game!

Pacers 40, Blazers 36

The Pacers put together a fantastic team effort from start to finish to notch their first win of the season. Everybody contributed to the win with strong defense, crisp passing, and good shot selection. The Pacers put up season highs in steals, assists, shots, and points. The 1st quarter was highlighted with great anticipation on the ball with 4 steals by Isabella Beyloune (11) and 3 by Emily Langone (10). Kerry Shea (2) also drained a basket in the quarter to take a 14-6 lead. The 2nd quarter was a low scoring one with great rebounding by Marissa Ladderbush (5) and Kendall Donahoe and 3 steals from Elizabeth Lam (9). Shot selection for the Pacers continued to be good with 20 shots total including three each from Sansan Nguyen and Ashley Turri. However only 2 shots found the net in the quarter keeping the game close.

In the 3rd quarter the team came alive again with 8 team steals and 5 boards from Langone and 3 blocks by Beyloune. The team shot the ball 23 times including a smooth jump shot from Crystal Shagoury (2) that was nothing but net. Also the quarter was a breakout one for Brooke Fullerton (1) who had multiple rebounds and steals and also an assist and a block. Scoring 12 points in the quarter the Pacers were able to douse the Blazers and pull out to a 14 point lead going into the 4th. In the 4th the Blazers came back strong but it was Lam who also caught fire shooting 3-7 from the floor and a free throw. All four baskets in the quarter were off of passes and Mercy Olu’s five rebounds in the quarter limited the 2nd chance opportunities to realize the four point victory.

Tewksbury Girls Travel Round Up

8A Travel

Tewksbury 49- North Andover 41

Tewksbury’s 8A Travel basketball team had an impressive victory at North Andover and has opened the season 7 wins, 0 losses. The two teams have developed quite a rivalry over the past years and wins are always hard fought. Tewksbury was paced by Lizzy Gallella who scored 11 points. Erin Gallella found her scoring touch in the second half where she scored 9 points. Haley Mignon continues to terrorize teams on offense and defense with her furious pace scoring 8 points and dominating with her defensive intensity. Leanne Durham has become a real low post threat consistently driving the lane and getting to the hoop. She scored 5 very important points. Devyn Veits and Emily Chmela’s importance didn’t show up on the scoring sheet, but their defense and efforts doing the “little things” is what make the difference in winning and losing. Christine Santos scored 4 critical baskets to offset a North Andover run in the second half. Belle DeRoche scored 4 points while controlling the boards and blocking shots all over the gym. Brianna Walker also added 4 important points. Marissa Latterbush’s energy also caused havoc all over the court leading to many North Andover turnovers while scoring 3 points. Hanna Knoops scored a critical Technical foul shot that helped Tewksbury extend their lead late in the game while providing great energy in the press coverage.

6B Travel

Tewksbury 41 – Stoneham 16

Tewksbury relied on their fast breaks and persistent defense to gain a win against Stoneham.  Christina Capachietti lead the charge with 12 points, followed by Alyssa Boudreau with 7 points and Megan Boudreau with 6 points.  Abby Demos (2pts) and Makenna Rosberg played excellent defense in the paint.  Amanda Moreira and Abby MacAllister both had 4 points on good shooting.  Brianna Iandoli, Emily Walker, and Michelle Hinkle each scored a basket off of her teammates good passes. 

Tewksbury 34 – Everett 25

The Tewksbury girls 6B team took on Everett after a tough loss to Reading.  Centers Makenna Rosberg, Meg Boudreau (4) and Abby Demos (5) all had great rebounds and played tough defense against a strong Everett team.  Guards Brianna Iandoli, Amanda Moreira (2), Michelle Hinkle and Christina Capachietti (13) tracked down the fast Everett guards to limit the opponent's drives.  Forwards Emily Walker (2) and Abby Hansbury launched some good shots.  Alyssa Boudreau and Abby MacAllister (8) played excellent defense in the second half.  The entire team had great passing and fantastic defense to secure the Tewksbury win!
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