Tewksbury 8A Girls are RVL March Madness Champions
Mar 12, 2015 10:59AM ● Published by Kieran Gilman
Tewksbury 8A girls won the River Valley league D1 tournament this past weekend. The team has qualified for the Middle School Mass State Tournament that will be held in Foxboro the weekend of the 21st of March.
Pictured from left to right back row; Coach Annmarie Veits, Emily Chemela, LIzzy Gallella, Erin Gallella, Haley Mignon, Belle DeRoche, Leanne Durham, Christine Santos, and Coach Tom Gallella.
Front row; Brianna Walker, Hanah Knoops, Marissa Ladderbush, and Devyn Veits.
RVL March Madness Divisional Playoff (Division 1)
Regular season league champion Tewksbury opened their end of the season league March Madness Tournament with an impressive victory over a talented Nashua Team, 56-44. Tewksbury’s trademark defense and team depth proved too much for Nashua.
Haley Mignon led all scorers with 16 points while playing stifling defense. This was a tight game at the half but Erin and Lizzy Gallella might as well been triplets as they were everywhere on defense turning steals into easy buckets the other way. Lizzy scored 9 second half points as twin power was in full effect! Belle Deroche was unstoppable in the low post with 8 points, rebounding, and great interior passing.
Devyn Veits (2 points) has really come into her own in the last half of the season and continues to do the dirty work that championship teams require. Christine Santos (2 points) has grown so much as a player(demonstrated throughout this tournament), which was never more evident than when she was helping break the Nashua Press over and over again. Her confidence as a ball handler really shined through.
Marissa Ladderbush’s frenzied pace continues to drive the spirit of Tewksbury’s pressure based defense while not allowing the competition to catch their breath. Hanah Knoops (2 points) ability to create space off the dribble led to several key assists. Emily Chmela and Brianna Walker (2 points) played aggressively at both sides of the court while pressuring Nashua throughout. Leanne Durham (2 points) scrapped and fought against a very physical Nashua Front court.
n a tournament that was filled with upsets and shocking finishes, Tewksbury put everyone on notice that they were here to win and would not be denied with a team record 70 points and a 30 point victory in the semifinals. In what was a demonstration of pure team effort and execution, Tewksbury battled through early foul trouble to pull away. Wakefield’s coach paid the highest compliment when he said “we tried to press, we played man, we played zone, we mixed it up…it didn’t matter…”.
This Tewksbury team is known for not only their star power, but their team depth and it was on full display in this game as every one of the girls played out of their minds! Individual accolades are not necessary after a total team effort like this.
Tewksbury added RVL March Madness Champion to their resume with a 50-36 victory in the Finals. Pentucket made it to the finals with a guard combination that shot the lights out all weekend. Tewksbury proved up to the challenge as their guard combinations of Erin Gallella(12 points), Lizzy Gallella (9 points), Haley Mignon (12 points), Marissa Ladderbush, and Hanah Knoops worked in unison to spread out Pentuckets opportunities and frustrate them throughout the game. Devyn Veits did a great job of inside/outside defense fighting through screens to assist when Pentucket tried to swing the ball and helping down low.
When Belle Deroche (6 points;4-4 form the line) is on her game, there is no better low post player out there as evidenced by Pentucket scoring only 3 field goals from inside the 3-point arc. Pentucket was consistently one and done as the combination of Deroche, Chmela (2 points), Christine Santos (outstanding tournament), and Leanne Durham(2 points) were outstanding on the boards. Drop in a cool 7 points from Brianna Walker and it was celebration time.