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TGBL Roundup: Wolverines Maul Badgers, Cardinals Tame Wildcats

Jan 07, 2016 03:38PM ● By Bill Gilman

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

Senior League

Sonics: 43 vs. Spurs: 24

The Sonics started off the New Year with a solid win over the Spurs.  Julia Cafferty led all scorers with 22 points scoring on many fast break layups (assisted many times by Rebecca DeFrancesco) and perimeter shooting.  Additional baskets were provided by Marissa Ladderbush (15), Rebecca DeFrancesco (3), Molly O'Neill (2) and Alexa Harrington (1).  Amber Buttaro grabbed several key rebounds to start the offensive drives.  Alicia Barbati had a couple of shot attempts after freeing herself down low.  Samira El Hakim had strong moves to the hoop and grabbed several rebounds

Jazz: 43 vs. Pacers: 22

Pacers had trouble with the talented Jazz press most of the game and never could get any rhythm on offense resulting in the 21 point loss.  Half court defense was solid for the Pacers but passing on offense could have been better as shown by only four team assists on the day. Trailing early 10-2 the Pacers team worked hard to tie the game up in the 2nd quarter and then took the lead but the Jazz were ready for the challenge and came storming back. Scoring for the Pacers was Haley Mignon with 10, Mikayla Enax 5, Briana Walker 4, Shannon Crowley 2, and Emma Demos with 1. Leading rebounders were Crowley with 11, Demos with 7 and Kendall Donahoe pulled down 5. Top steals were Donahoe with 5 and Demos with 3. Briana Walker added two assists and Demos and Donahoe each had two blocks.

Suns vs. Blazers

The Suns won back to back games for the first time this year by playing stellar defense.  Leading the way defensively was Ang Carew who shut down anyone she guarded.  Emily Chmela, Leanne Durham and Sansan Nguyen controlled the boards on both ends to secure the win.  Leading the way offensively was Christine Santos who had 8 pts followed by Sophie Eskenas who had 6 points.  Emily Puccia kept her hot hand going by chipping in 4 important points.  Rounding out our scoring was Grace Morris, Devyn Veits and Kristina Johnson who added 2pts each to keep the winning streak going.

Junior League

Storm: 7 vs. Rockers: 4 

Storm came out very slow after a 2 week layoff but they pulled out the victory over the Rockers.  It was a very defensive game for both teams.  Storm had the following players with points, Skylar Auth 1 point, Brooklyn DeGrechie, Dakota Malizia and Darya Mehrabani each had a basket. On the defensive side of the ball Madelyn Montejo and Cassidy Paige contributed with multiple rebounds and steals.  Next up for the Storm will be the Mercury. 

Mystics: 8 vs. Liberty: 12

Despite the Mystics pouring in 6 points late in the 4th quarter, they could not pull out the come from behind victory on Saturday as the Liberty had built a solid lead of 10-2 to start the 4th quarter. The Mystics were lead in scoring by Victoria Catanzano(4), Jillian Waugh (2) and Tia Smith (2). Strong defense by Stephanie Mercurio, Morgan Crowley and Emma Ryan also helped limit the Liberty in the 4th quarter.  Rebecca Boudreau, Avery Della Piana and Adrianna Damiano all contributed on both ends of the floor with aggressive defense, and solid performance on the offensive end. The Mystics will be ready for next week when they hope to secure another win. 

Intermediate League

Jayhawks: 22 vs. Cougars: 21

The Girls In Town Basketball program held week 5 this past weekend and the Jayhawks hosted the Cougars in a nail bitter game to the finish.  The Jayhawks hit the score board 1st with Erin Mclntyre (8pts, 3 steals, 3 rebounds) and Jordan Gardner (8 pts, 3 steals, 6 rebounds).  These baskets were supported from some great passing from Brianna Iandoli (2pts, 2 steals), Kayla Mirisola (4 rebounds, 1 steal) and Madison Kearney (6 steals)  The Jayhawks lead at the half 12-8.   In the 2nd Half the Cougars applied the full court press but the Jayhawks continued to play their game and had some great rebounds from Sady Basile (5 rebounds) and MaryKate Callinan (4 pts, 2 for 2 at the line and 7 rebounds).  On Defense Maisan Nguyen (2 pts, 5 steals, 3 rebounds) came up strong to help hold the Cougars late in the 4th quarter.  With just under 14 seconds left in the game the Couguars picked up the ball, drove to the net and got 1 final basket off but it did not fall.  Great game from both Teams.    The Jayhawks game ball award went to Madison Kearney for her great efforts both sides of the ball.

Cardinals: 27 vs.  Wildcats: 20

 The Cardinals had experienced two back to back tough losses, so after this great break with the holiday, the team was hoping to come together with a win today.  We started the game short- only having 7 of our Cardinals available to play.   These seven were certainly ready to play.   Our starting five-Christina Capachietti, Bella Dematos, Kristen Curley, Gabby Navarette, and Becca Langone were playing evenly matched quarter one against the Wildcats.   Our press defense was back in action and creating many fast break scoring opportunities. Bella Dematos led the Cardinals that first quarter scoring 6 points, while Chiristina Capachietti added four points.  . Our second squad did not score many points, but they did plenty else on defense, breaking up a lot of scoring opportunities for the Wildcats.  Ava Piccolo, Courtney Capachietti, Gabby Navarette, Becca Langone, and Kristen Curley worked great together.   The Wildcats did end up taking the lead though into the half- 14-10.   After a great team pep talk the Cardinals kept at it with the press defense.  We kept the lead close- 20-14.  The last quarter finally everything clicked for the Cardinals.  The team scored an impressive 13 points to roar back and keep the lead and win the game 27-20.  Scoring for the Cardinals were as following- Christina Capachietti 12 points, Bella Dematos- 10 points, Ava Piccolo hitting an impressive 3 pointer, and Courtney Capachietti with 2 points.  Overall a great team effort that resulted in a win.   The Cardinals are excited to keep this great momentum going next week.

Eagles: 44 vs. Waves: 16

The Eagles started off the New Year by getting back onto the winning track.  They defeated the Waves on Saturday 44 to 16.  After getting off to a slow start, they got it together both offensively and defensively.  The Eagles pulled away in the second half, outscoring the Waves 27 to 8.  Allie Indingaro led the scoring with 16, Amanda Moreira with 12, Alyssandra Ragusa and Jaclyn Dillon each had 4, and Madison Stovesand, Catalina Burke, Rose Strobel and Megan Boudreau all had 2 each.  They got great guard play from Hannah Kocsmiersky, Allie, Catalina and Rose in shutting down the Waves. Madison, Megan, and Jaclyn all gave a strong rebounding effort. Look for more of this next weekend from the Eagles.

Terriers: 21 vs. Huskies: 13

The Terriers used good team passing this week to beat the Huskies.  Centers Cassidy MacDonald and Abby Demos (2pts) made great decisions on inbounds plays and on outlet passes after defensive rebounds.  Victoria Pinto (2pts) pulled down numerous rebounds and scored her first basket this year.  Megan Geyer (1pt) played fantastic, aggressive defense, shutting down the forwards in her area.  Erica Hinkle (2pts) and Abby Hansbury (4pts) used their speed to move the ball up the court quickly and to force turnovers.  Michelle Hinkle (2pts) and high scorer Grace Dockery (8pts) continued to pester the offense on the press and led the press break to gain teammates scoring opportunities.

Wolverines: 26 vs. Badgers: 16

The Wolverines hosted the Badgers in their fifth game of the season and pulled out a hard fought victory, 26-16.  The game was tight the entire game with the Wolverines taking a two point lead after two and a six point lead into half time. However, the Badgers stormed back to take the lead by two and eventually a tie game at the end of the third quarter. The Wolverines showed there toughness and strong defense in the game's final quarter by scoring ten points and allowing none to pick up the win.  Olivia Paulding led all Wolverine scorers with 10 points in the game, followed by Alyssa Marchelletta, Emily Walker and Jessica Hickey (4 points each) and Brooke Woodman and Nicole Potito (2 points each).  Defense and rebounding has become a staple of the Wolverine's season and this game was no different. Through an effective press on the defensive side of the floor, Abby MacAllister led the team with seven steals while Marchelletta and Paulding had six apiece. Paulding led the team in rebounding with 12, followed by Hickey (11), Potito (8), Sarah Hunt (6), Woodman (3) and MacAllister and Lexi Bobotas (2 each). Walker also contributed with two impressive blocked shots on the defensive end. Truly a complete team victory for the Wolverines.

*The Badgers split their last two games and continue to progress this season with great defense and all all-around team play.  With half of the regular season now complete the Badgers are poised to finish strong.

Badgers: 17 vs.  Wildcats: 8 (12/19/15)

Scoring for the Badgers: Alex Fowler (7), Mariya Ortiz (4), Alyssa Gray (2), Emma Hiltz (2), Caleigh Shanahan (2). Great defensive efforts from Fiona Green and Lindsey Lombardo.

Badgers: 16 vs. Wolverines: 26 (1/2/16)

Scoring for the Badgers: Alex Fowler (10), Emma Hiltz (4), Fiona Green (2). Terrific rebounding from Alyssa Gray and Mariya Ortiz, and strong defensive efforts from Lindsey Lombardo and Caleigh Shanahan.

Travel Round Up

Tewksbury7B 26 - Pentucket 13 (12/20/15 game)

The 7B team faced Pentucket for the second time in the season, pulling out a win using smart team play.  Centers Abby Demos (1pt) and Jaclyn Dillon continue to be a presence in the key by altering or blocking opponents' shots.  Great ball handling from Amanda Moreira, Brianna Iandoli (2pts) and Alyssa Boudreau helped to break the Pentucket press.  Kaitlyn Oates (2pts). Meg Boudreau (2pts) and Abby MacAllister (4pts) make sure good passes from teammates landed in the hoop.  Point guards Michelle Hinkle and Christina Capachietti (7pts) led the defensive press, converting turnovers into assists to teammates.  Abby Hansbury helped convert those press turnovers into baskets with a team high of 8 points.

Tewksbury7B 26 - Peabody 11 (1/3/16 game)

Tewksbury 7B started the 2016 with a win against Peabody.  Meg Boudreau and Amanda Moreira led the team in scoring with 6 points each.  Michelle Hinkle and Alyssa Boudreau were key on defense by forcing turnovers, grabbing rebounds and blocking shots.  Guards Kaitlyn Oates and Brianna Iandoli (2pts each) help worked the ball into the key.  Forwards Jaclyn Dillon (2pts) and Abby MacAllister (2 pts) fought to grab rebounds on both ends of the court.  Christina Capachietti (4pts) and Abby Hansbury (2pts) capitalized on forced turnovers to lead the team fast breaks.

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