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(Editor's Note: The following information was submitted by the coaches of the TGBL.)
Monarchs 15, Sparks 14 (Championship Game)
The Monarchs won the TGBL Junior League Championship 15-14 on great team defense and the heroics of clutch free throw shooting. The guard combination of Emma Hiltz and Riley Veits saved their best for last as Emma set the tone with an early basket and Riley used her length to play stifling defense. Gabby Ortiz played great defense and did an excellent job blocking out for rebounds against the Sparks’ much bigger front court. Ashley Gamache finished the season like she started it with great defense, big rebounds and an impressive 3 points on foul shots. Lexie Bobotas literally removed the ball from the other team’s possession on a number of occasions. Jocelyn Kinnon and Melanie Kaplan each had big rebounds and steals. Ali Ragusa and Samantha Ryan both had huge assists and played great defense. Katie Polimeno’s demeanor has served as a calming factor for the Monarchs all season and she had ice in her veins in this one scoring 10 points in the championship game. None more impressive than her two, nothing but net free-throws with 11 seconds left down by 1 to put the Monarchs over the top for good.
Sparks 22, Mystics 10 (Semi Finals)
The Sparks made it to the Championship Game with a convincing win over the Mystics in the semi-finals 22-10. The game was close early, but the line of Madison Stovesand, Carrina Barron, Maisan Nguyen, Caleigh Shanahan, and Emily Tryder put the team up by 8. Then when Nicole Potito, Lindsey Lombardo, Lauren Bielecki, Aliana Kennen came into the game, they sealed the victory. The scoring came from Madison 10, Carrina 6, Nicole 4, and Aliana 2.
Sparks 14, Monarchs 15 (Championship Game)
The Championship game went right down to the end against the Monarchs. The game was close throughout. The line of Nicole Potito, Aliana Kennen, Carrina Barron, Lindsey Lombardo, and Lauren Bielecki grabbed the early lead. With 11 seconds left in the game and down by 1, the Sparks had one last shot. With Carrina Barron, Maisan Nguyen, Caleigh Shanahan, Lindsey Lombardo, and Madison Stovesand in the game. They moved the ball into the forecourt, with time running down, they worked the ball into Madison Stovesand who took the last shot, but it hit the front of the rim and gave the Monarchs the victory 14 - 13. It was a great game played by everyone. Congratulations to the Monarchs.
Waves vs. Eagles (First Round)
After a strong regular season, the Waves entered March Madness with a 9-2 record and the number two seed. On 2/28, The Waves earned a victory in the first round against a worthy opponent in the Eagles.
Waves 24, Wildcats 15 (Semi Finals)
On 3/14 the Waves battled a tough Wildcats team in a back and forth fight and were ultimately victorious, winning 24-15, to earn their spot in the Championship game on the same day against the undefeated Jayhawks.
Waves 20, Jayhawks 17 (Championship Game)
Every player played their hearts out and the Championship game was a constant battle that was tightly contested every second of the game. As was the case all season, in true team fashion the Waves had six different girls contributing to the scoring, and the girls played their patented shut down team defense to narrowly defeat the Jayhawks 20-17. Congratulations to all the girls for a terrific season!
Jayhawks 31, Cougars 19 (Semi Finals)
The Jayhawks faced the talented Cougars team in the semifinal round of March Madness. The Jayhawks needed to work hard for every basket they scored. They continued to show their great team play, with good passing and tough defense. The Jayhawks took a 9 to 5 lead in the first quarter and were able to hold onto that lead throughout the game. The continued to play strong both offensively and defensively in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, and headed into the 4th quarter with a 27-13 lead. But the feisty Cougars would not go away quietly, and held the Jayhawks to 4 points in the 4th, but the Jayhawks defense held on and prevented several Cougar scoring opportunities to come out with the win and a spot in the Finals. Scoring for the Jayhawks were Katherine Marquis (13 points), Becca DeFrancesco (9 points), Caitlyn Fiore (5 points), Mikayla Dec (2 points) and Angelina Carew (2 points). Defensively, Jennie Asselin and Maddie Robillard continued to show tremendous hustle, beating the offense down the court and grabbing loose balls. Rachel Lemus and Meghan Ostertag did a great job of getting to openings, taking some good shots that just missed. Great team win by the Jayhawks!
Waves 20, Jayhawks 17 (Championship Game)
The Jayhawks and Waves battled until the end in this great game. The Jayhawks struck first, taking a 5 to 1 lead in the first quarter, and held on to go into halftime with an 11 to 6 lead. But the talented Waves would fight back in the 3rd, scoring 9 points while holding the Jayhawks to 2 to take a 15 to 13 lead. It was a balanced game on both ends in the 4th quarter, but the Waves held on and pulled out the victory over the previously undefeated Jayhawks. Scoring for the Jayhawks were Becca DeFrancesco (10 points), Katherine Marquis (5 points) and Caitlyn Fiore (2 points) and they all did a great job of distributing the ball on offense and hustling on defense. Angelina Carew , Mikayla Dec and Meghan Ostertag continued to play their usual aggressive defense, creating several turnovers and preventing some Waves scoring opportunities. The Jayhawks most improved player, Jennie Assellin, once again had lightening speed up and down the court, had a great blocked shot and had a couple of near miss scoring attempts. Jayhawk rebounding queens, Maddie Robillard and Rachel Lemus, pulled down several key rebounds and showed tremendous hustle on both ends of the court. It was a tough loss for the Jayhawks but they held their heads high and should be proud of their tremendous season.
The Spurs finished off a great season with 2 big wins Saturday to take home the Senior division championship to go along with their first place finish during the regular season.
This team was all about hard work, whether it was pressing the ball handler with our quick guards (Sophia, Jess, Emily, Erin and Lizzy) or the forwards and Centers (Clarissa, Caitlin, Amber, Emily, Isabelle and Carolyn) boxing out, getting a hand up on all shots and contesting all drives to the basket. This stingy defense and speed lead to many easy fast breaks baskets and that is what powered this team all season. The team knew in the playoffs everybody they played would work harder than they had during regular season and everyone was up to the challenge in the playoffs.
Spurs vs.Jazz (Semi Finals)
The first game was versus the Blazers a very good team. The first quarter unit (Jess Potito, Emily Amaral, Isabelle Frost, Caitlin Panessiti, Amber Matsas) pressed full court and this lead to a few easy baskets and a 10-4 first quarter lead. Then the second quarter unit (Clarissa Chisholm, Sophia Gouveia, Carolyn Versackas, Emily Puccia, Lizzy Gallella and Erin Gallella) came out on fire, jumping on any lose ball and starting the fast break leading to a big lead and the Spurs would win this game and move on to the finals.
Spurs 34, Suns 23 (Championship game)
The Championship game was against the Suns, a very good team that works as hard as we do on defense. This game saw both teams working extremely hard on defense which lead to both teams getting into foul trouble putting each other onto the free throw line for 1 on 1 free throws. After 3 quarters the game was tied, but the 4th quarter saw the Spurs finally take control of the game with the quickness and tenacity they showed all year. Great defense once again lead to some easy fast break baskets, the speed of this team showed in the end and the Spurs went on to a 34-23 win.
Great Season, Great team, Great group of girls, it was a pleasure to coach these young ladies!
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