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TGBL Roundup: Cardinals Clip Jayhawks, Eagles Soar Past Huskies

Dec 09, 2015 10:00AM ● By Bill Gilman

(Editor's note: The following information was submitted by the TGBL.)

Intermediate League

Wolverines: 25 vs. Waves: 15

The Wolverines hosted the Waves in the second game of the season and where able to come away with the victory, 24-15.  Abby MacAllister had 10 points to lead the Wolverines, while Olivia Paulding and Jessica Hickey had 4 points each and Emily Walker, Nicole Potito and Brooke Woodman each had 2 points to round out the scoring.  Multiple offensive chances were earned by the Wolverines through aggressive rebounding throughout the game. Defense was key to the Wolverines victory with standout efforts put in by the entire team.  Lexie Bobotas and Sarah Hunt played effective minutes on both ends of the floor from the post and guard positions respectively

Waves: 15 vs. Wolverines: 25

The Wolverines came out strong in the first quarter scoring 10 unanswered points, Abbey Macallister scored 4 point while Brook Woodman, Olivia Paulding and Jessica Hickey each scored a bucket.   The Waves came back strong in the 2nd quarter scoring 7 points with contributions from Katie Polimeno(3 pts), Madison Pierce (4pts) and great defense from Samira Cook, Izabel Moriera and Kendall Von Kahle.  The second half belonged to the Woverines with Emily Walker and Nicole Potito each scoring 2pts and Sarah Hunt helping out on defense. Maeve Cahill was a great asset for the Waves on defense, adding 2 pts to the score, while Danielle Wilson contributed both on offense and defense.  The Wolverine's Abbey Macallister was on fire with a game total of 10 pts.

Jayhawks: 14 vs. Cardinals: 20

 The Girls In Town Basketball program held week 2 this past weekend and the Jayhawks visited the Cardinals.  The Cardinals started out with the full court press which the Jayhawks had to adjust to but before they did, they gave up 8 points which was touch to get back.  The Jayhawks leading scorer this weekend was Brianna Iandoli (8 points) followed by Jordan Gardner (6 points). Both were working hard on both sides of the court.  These points were the result of some great passing from Sadie Basile and Kayla Mirisola.  On Defense, Madison Kearney (4 steals) and Maisan Nguyen (4 steals) applied the pressure in the 4th quarter to help bring the game within 6 points.  Great game played by the Jayhawks and the game ball goes to Brianna Landoli.

Cardinals: 20 vs. JayHawks: 14

 After starting the season off with the full squad of nine and a nice win, this second week of the season the Cardinals were missing one player- Courtney Capachietti due to the travel season starting.   We were confident the remaining squad would be able to handle the also short travel players- Jayhawks.  The starting five work so nicely together.  They were completing amazing pass plays that set up our leading scorer for the game – Bella Dematos so very nicely.   She was supported by Christina Capachietti, Kristen Curley, Rebecca Langone, and Kylie Galvin. These five were completely controlling the game that first quarter with superb defense, great passes, and complete teamwork. The next five out for the Cardinals continued the great defensive attack.   We had Ava Piccolo, Gabby Navarette, Olivia Burns, Kristen Curley, and Rebecca Langone again.   The Jayhawks were working hard to chip away at our lead, but by the half we were holding them back 14-7.   Second half our team continued to shine with timely passes and steals.   The Jayhawks made it a real game with less than a minute to play but thankfully the Cardinals held on for the victory.   Cardinal scoring was as follows: Bella Dematos – 10 points, Kristen Curley- 4 points, Christina Capachietti -4 points, and Gabby Navarette with two points.  The rest of our team had great contributions both offensively and defensively. Great win Cardinals!

Eagles: 41 vs. Huskies: 20

The Eagles got a strong win on Saturday against the Huskies 41 to 20. The game was close at the half, but the Eagle's shut-down defensive held the Huskies to only 3 points in the second half. Playing with only five players the entire second half, the Eagles were able to pull away. The Eagle defense from gaurds Hannah Kocsmiersky, Rose Strobel, and Allie Indingaro caused 15 turnovers. Their ball movement on offensive and their running of their fast break was a big key to the victory. Their scoring came from Catalina Burke 4, Rose Strobel 4, Alyssandra Ragusa 6, Allie Indingaro 10, and Madison Stovesand with a game high 17. Catalina Burke led the team is assists with 10. Madison Stovesand and Alyssandra Ragusa were the team leaders in rebounding. It was a tiring-team effort win for the Eagles. Look for more of the same from them in upcoming games.

 Senior League

Suns: 38 vs. Pacers: 28

The Pacers ran into a red hot Suns team and could never get a rhythm going in the loss. The Suns opened up an early lead and lead by around 10 points for much of the game. Two or three times the Pacers made a run to close to 4-5 points but each time the Suns responded with a basket to stop the comeback. Scoring for the Pacers were Briana Walker 9, Hayley Mignon 8, Mikayla Enax 5, and Shannon Crowley, Kendall Donahoe, and Kerry Shea each with 2. Leading rebounders were Donahoe with 5, Walker with 4, and Caitlyn Fiore, Mignon, Crowley, and Shea each with 3. Rachel Scaringi nabbed her first steal of the season. Emma Demos and Donahoe had two blocked shots as well. 

Suns: 38 vs. Pacers: 28

The Suns got on the winning track with total team effort.  Leading the way was Sophie Eskenas with 12pts 4 blocks and a 3 point buzzer beater to end the 3rd quarter.  Christine Santos added 9 pts with a clutch  3 pointer. Devyn Veits had 6, Emily Chemela and Leannne Durham chipped in with 4 each and Kristina Johnson completed a 3 Point play to round out the scoring.  Ang Carew played stellar defense keeping their scorers in check .Grace Morris , Sansan Nguyen and Emily Puccia were huge contributors on both ends of the court  for the Suns first victory.  Devyn Veits, Leanne Durham and Emily Chemela were rebounding giants on both ends of the court.

Sonics: 37 vs. Blazers: 25

The Sonics won their first game of the season against a tough Blazers team.  The scoring was led by Marissa Ladderbush who scored 9 of her 13 points in the first quarter.  Julia Cafferty (9), Alexa Harrington (6), Becca DeFrancesco (4), Samira El Hakim (2), Molly O'Neill (2), and Alicia Barbati (1) rounded out the scoring.  Brooke Fullerton was a force underneath grabbing many weak side rebounds to reset the offense for the Sonics.  The entire team was involved from start to finish resulting in a solid win for the team.

Spurs: 31 vs. Jazz: 21

Great all around team win by the Spurs 31-21 over the Jazz.  Solid team defense lead by a tenacious press from Mikalya Dec, Isabella Beyloune, Gianna Bourasso, Sydney Crowley. Great rebounding and multiple blocked shots by Abby Naugler.  The next unit Lead by Erin and Lizzie Gallella, Isabelle Frost and Kendra Waugh ran the floor well for easy baskets, great anticipation on many steals and solid half court defense.  Team scoring Erin 8pts, Lizzie 6pts, Isabelle 6pts, Isabella 7pts and Gianna 4 pts

Junior League

Storm: 17 vs. Comets: 4

Week 2 was the bounce back week that Storm needed with a very impressive 17-4 victory over the Comets.  Storm came out on the floor on fire and played excellent defense throughout the game.  Storm had 5 players in scoring column, Dakota Malizia 7 points, Brooklyn DeGrechie 4 points, Emily Tryder, Skylar Auth and Darya Mehrabani each had 2 points.  On the defensive side Joceyln Kinnon, Ashlee Moreira and Madelyn Montejo worked hard in the paint on getting rebounds and steals which helped the offensive in scoring opportunities.   This week’s game ball went to the entire team.  Great job girls! !" 

Rockers: 8 vs. Liberty: 12

This week the Rockers came up on the short end losing to a tough Liberty team 12 to 8.   Our offense was led by Victoria Lavargna scoring all 8 points for our team and Melanie Kaplin and Ava Paquette both adding in some key additional ball handling support.  A valiant defensive effort was seen by Aislin Davis and McKenzie Hickey, along with a key steal by June Bardsely in the 3rd quarter.  Brook Bunyon and Brook Hatch both worked hard to box out tall opponents and slow down the Liberty’s scoring potential in the key. 

Mercury: 15 vs. Mystics: 5

Team Mercury scores 2nd win of the season!  The great passing and quickness by our guards Lilly Kelly, Tea Nickerson, Lauren Ryder and Kat Macdonald only contributed to our 16-5 win over Team Mystics. We couldn't have finished without the great rebounding by our centers/forwards Riley Viets, Jennie Lester. Megan Haley, Delia Conte, Kimsan Nguyen and Brenna Follet.  Great shooting and hustling was done by all!  Go Team Mercury!

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