TGBL Roundup: March Madness Playoff Action Begins, Wildcats And Waves Post Wins
Mar 02, 2016 03:41PM
● By Bill Gilman
Jayhawks: 26 vs. Wolverines: 22
The Girls In Town Basketball program kicked off March Madness this past weekend and the Jayhawks (#5) visited the Wolverines (#1) in a very competitive solid game that was decided in the 4th quarter. Both Teams worked hard this season and the efforts on both sides proved it during this game. The Jayhawks received outstanding scoring from Erin Mclntyre (10 pts, 4 of them from the line, 5 steals) and MaryKate Callinan (7 pts, with 3 of them from the line, 7 rebounds). These points were a result of some great passing from Saddie Mercedes and Brianna Iandoli. Jordan Gardner also hit 1 shot from the foul line, had 4 steals and 6 rebounds. At half the score was 6-10 Wolverines. In the 2nd Half the Jayhawks had 2 key baskets from Madison Kearney (4 pts, 5 steals) and Maisan Nguyen (5pts, 4 steals), All the girls played a huge roll in the defense as well with some great pressing that was a very important factor in the victory. The Jayhawks are exited and looking forward to the next GAME.
Eagles: 26 vs. Badgers: 14
The Eagles began their March Madness Tournament with a solid victory on Saturday in defeating the Badgers 26 to 14. They jumped out to early lead, but the Badgers came storming back to cut the lead down to 4. But in the fourth quarter, their defense took over the game. Their scoring came from Allie Indingaro 10, Catalina Burke 8, Madison Stovesand and Jaclyn Dillon with 2 each, and Amanda Moreira 2. The rebounding effort by Alyssandra Ragusa, Megan Boudreau and Madison was a big key to their victory. The guard play of Hannah Kocsmiersky, Rose Strobel and Allie caused over 15 turnovers, which led to some easy baskets. Now it’s on to semi-finals in two weeks.
Waves: 33 vs. Huskies: 19
The first round of the play-offs for the Intermediate Girls basketball proved to be exciting as the Waves and the Huskies faced off. The Waves came out strong in the first period against a tough Huskies team with Lexi Polimeno hitting the boards early and Maeve Cahill assisting on offense. Samira Cook contributed both on offense and was great on defense Second period was again a good outing with Katie Polimeno consistently stealing the ball and great rebounding by Madison Pierce. Izabel Moriera scored a bucket and Darielle Wilson contributed 3 pts. The third quarter was a back and forth game with Ashley Demers playing terrific defense and Kendal Von Kahle assisting with great rebounds. The fourth quarter was a battle between to great players Lexi Polimeno on the Waves and Katherine Marquis on the Huskies challenging each other on both sides of the court. Lexi led the team’s scoring with 14 pts. The Waves prevailed to play again next week. Great game, great effort by both teams.
Wildcats 19 - Terriers 17:
The Wildcats and the Terriers battled through 4 quarters and 2 overtimes before a winner was determined. The Terriers were down in the first quarter 10-2 and took the whole game to tie up the score. Megan Geyer and Erica Hinkle gave it their all, playing all 4 quarters of the game and one overtime period each. Geyer was great at rebounding and defending the baseline, and Hinkle used quick defensive feet and smart offensive dribbling. Abby Hansbury (7pts) helped the team as both a point guard and a forward, making 3 foul shots in the game. Kassidy MacDonald (2pts) fought through the special man-to-man defense on her to get shots off and played fantastic defense on the press. Abby Demos (1pt) had a tremendous defensive game with 5 big blocks on defense, focused defense on the Wildcats power center and key rebounds in overtime. Michelle Hinkle (7pts) poured on the defense late in the game, sinking a foul shot in the last seconds to send the game into overtime. The Terriers fell in the second overtime when the Wildcats hit a 3-point shot with only second to go to secure the playoff win. Great season, Terriers!