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TGBL Roundup: Blazers Skim Past Sonics, Wildcats Pounce on Cougars

Jan 14, 2015 08:00AM ● By Kieran Gilman

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Junior League

Monarchs vs. Comets

It was another great team effort as the Monarchs improved to 6-1 with a big win. The Monarchs defense carried the day as Riley Veits continues to hound opposing guards. Ashley Gamache has been a pillar in the center of the Monarch defense all season, but her 10 points established her as a dominant two way player. Katelyn Polimeno continues to be the leader of the team with 6 points and superior point guard play. Gabriella Ortiz’s low post presence is instrumental in the team’s success with rebounds and 4 points. Emma Hiltz provided solid guard play with instrumental assists and 2 points. Lexie Bobotas and Alyssandra Ragusa had several key rebounds and strong defense. Jocelyn Kinnon’s offensive effort helped sustain the Monarchs constant pressure. Melanie Kaplan’s defensive effort and ball hawking led to several key turnovers. Overall it was a great effort in all facets of the game.

Storm 4, Mystics 14

Team Storm played Mystics this past weekend, Storms 1st basketball was by Gianna Ciampa (2 points, 3 steals and 2 blocks) the passing that supported this was from Erin Morgan and Allyssa Wallace.  The offense was also supported by Grace Dockery (2 points and 2 steals), this basket was supported by some nice passing from Madison Kearney and Kyla McGilvery.  On Defense, Paige Ouellett was slowing down Mystic with some great defense (5 steals). And on the boards Team Storm had some very nice rebounding from Madelyn Montejo and Brooke Bunyan.  Great game on both sides of the ball and fun to watch.

Sparks vs. Mercury

The Sparks continued their winning ways on Saturday by defeating the Mercury. They put on their best passing of the ball performance so far this season. The result, was many good shot attempts. They continued to rebound the ball and got great guard play from Lauren, Carrina, and Emily. Their scoring came from Caleigh, Madison, Nicole, Emily, Aliana and Carrina.

Rockers 9, Liberty 12

The Rockers played a great game this week but could not get a win.  Guards Maeve Cahill, Victoria Catanzano and Kiley Kennedy each scored 2 points.  Forwards Isabella DeSisto and Erica Hinkle pulled down rebounds on both ends.  Defensive experts Sadie Basile and Isabella DeMatos stopped the Liberty from shooting from the outside.  Centers Gabby Navarette (2pts) and Darya Mehrabani (1pt) stayed strong the in key on both offense and defense.

Intermediate League

Wildcats 24, Cougars 18

The Wildcats won their second game behind the charge of veterans Sophie Eskenas (13pts) and Morgan Woodman (7pts).  Guards Abby MacAllister (2pts) and Michelle Hinkle stopped key break-aways, and Kayla Fisk grabbed many off-side rebounds.  Forwards Jaclyn Dillon (2pts) and Brooke Woodman played great defense on a tall Cougars team.

Huskies 24, Eagles 15

The Eagles remained aggressive throughout the game but fell short to the Huskies.  The Eagles scoring was led by Julia Cafferty with 7 points.  Additional points came from Gianna Ragucci (3), Brianna Iandoli (2), Alexis Foley (2) and Alexa Harrington (1).  Rose Strobel continues to be a powerhouse on defense helping to stall the offense at the top of the key.  Jaime Burns grabbed some key rebounds on the offensive end generating additional scoring opportunities.  Maegan Marshall remains strong in the low post challenging shots, rebounding, and had high percentage shot attempts.  The team continues to work hard each week.

Senior League

Sonics 35, Blazers 37

Our second match up against the Blazers was a nail biter to the very end as the Sonics jumped out to a 15-4 lead by the end of the first quarter.  It was a total team effort as 7 of our 9 players were in the scoring column lead by Abby Naughler with 9 points and was on fire today grabbing a gaggle of rebounds, blocked shots and awesome put backs that set the pace for the team!  Followed by Michaela Svendsen (7), Felicia Ragucci (6), Amber Buttaro (6), Christine Santos (4), Alexis Hillis (2) and rounding out the scoring was Jessica Caredeo netting one of her crucial fouls shots from the foul line after driving hard to net in the 3rd quarter.  Tenacious defense by Stephanie Lemus and Alicia Barbeti was key in today’s game as both girls played solid under the net shutting down the Blazers inside opportunities.  Although the Sonics fell short by one basket, it was true test of how much these girls have come together as a team and today they stepped up!  Great work!

Blazers 37, Sonics 35

It was a tough start for the Blazers do to the Sonics hard work. However, the Blazers stepped it up to end with the W. Haley Mignon was the high scorer with 14 points. She played a great game all around and gave the Sonics a run for their money. Following up with 9 points was Briana Walker. She killed it was her jump shots and drained a nothing but net three pointer. Hannah Knoops scored two baskets and played her heart out. Rachel Conway, Bianca Bongiorno, Jackie Marchant, Sammy LaLonde and Lauren McIntyre all scored a basket each. Each one of them also played tough D against the Sonics. 

The game was so close due to the Sonics never giving up. Both the Blazers and Sonics played hard until the very end. Marissa  Brangeiforte and Hannah Knoops were the defensive players of the game. Both were extremely scrappy and hustled up and down the court at all times. Everyone did a great job! Keep up the great work. 

Suns 24, Pacers 17

The Pacers played strong enough defense to win the game but had trouble getting their offense in any kind of rhythm except for in the third quarter. The game started off with almost four minutes of scoreless ball as both defenses looked tough. Pacers were led on defense by Kendall Donahoe with two blocks and also Elizabeth Lam and Sansan Nguyen each with 3 rebounds. However the Suns took a 6-0 lead into the 2nd. Scoring was hard to find in the 2nd as well except for two baskets by Brooke Fullerton (4) off nice interior passes from Kerry Shea and Isabella Beyloune.  Down 8 at halftime the Pacers almost eclipsed the Sun lead in the 3rd scoring 13 points in the quarter to pull within two points. Marissa Ladderbush led the way with 11 points (including a trey) and Lam added 2 points. This made the game close entering the 4th but the Pacers could not score from there on out resulting in the 7 point loss. Beyloune had 6 steals and 5 rebounds in the game to lead the team. Ladderbush had 4 steals and Lam pulled down 5 rebounds. Crystal Shagoury and Mercy Olu each had two steals. Ashley Turri had four nice shots that did not fall.

Tewksbury Girls Travel Round Up

Travel 6B 22 - North Andover 25

The 6B team came back from a 10 point deficit at halftime to almost win in regulation.  The team out in a fantastic second half effort, holding North Andover to only 5 second -half baskets.  The team effort included scoring from many players.  Forwards Abby Hansbury, Emily Walker, Megan Boudreau and Abby MacAllister all had 2 points.  Abby Demos, Makenna Rosberg (2pts) and Alyssa Boudreau (2pts) fought aggressively for rebounds.  Guards Brianna Iandoli, Amanda Moreira, Christina Capachetti (8pts), and Michelle Hinkle (2pts) caused turnovers, helping the team close the gap in the second half, but the 6B team fell short of a win.

Travel 6B 38 - Peabody 19

The 6B team capitalized on good defense, turnovers and fast breaks to score 24 second-half points against Peabody.  Christina Capachetti (10pts) and Michelle Hinkle (2pts) continually pestered the Peabody guards, while forwards Abby Hansbury (2pts), and Abby MacAllister (6pts) played sharp, strong defense.  Centers Makenna Rosberg, Abby Demos (4pts) and Meg Boudreau (4pts) were great at grabbing rebounds and providing help-defense in the key.  Guards Amanda Moreira (2pts) and Brianna Iandoli's full court pressure caused several turn-overs in the second half.  Forwards Alyssa Boudreau (6pts) and Emily Walker (2pts) provided the speed needed to stop the Peabody break-aways in the second half.

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