Jazz Play a Tune on Sonics; Magic Turn Trick Against Blazers
Lynx nip Storm, Comets top Sparks
JAZZ 32 SONICS 21
The Jazz beat the Sonics, 32 to 21, in a game that featured a balanced scoring attack. Eight different players scored for the Jazz. Although not scoring, Dimple Ghandi and Rebecca Keough played tough defense against the Sonics' guards. The first unit for the Jazz jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. Scoring early and often were Danielle Cacciola,6points, Hillary Fletcher, 4 points, Alysa DeFruscia,3 points, Sam LoPolito,2points, and Hannah Benning, 2 points Jessica Vitale played tough interior defense and chipped in with 4 points Sara Semenza,6points and Shannon Semenza, 2points, rounded out the scoring. Danielle Cacciola was named defensive player of the game for the Jazz.
The Sonics saw another uphill battle against the potent Jazz. Staring down a 10 - lead in the first quarter the Sonics buckled down and kepoint the Jazz to 22 points in the nex tthree quarters while putting 21 points on the board. Shannon Smith led the way with 8 points. The rest of Sonics scoring came from Toni Joy with 5, Mariah Wentzell scoring 4, while Erica Dirk and Alexis Chaet each scored 2 points. The Sonics D came on strong in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th quarter. The defensive players were Marissa Conlin and Kenzie Wyatt with help from Monica Aronson. The Sonics D couldn't keep the Jazz offense down in the end. Good game by both teams.
MAGIC 32 BLAZERS 23
It was a big win for the Senior Magic this week against last year's Senior division march madness champion Blazers. The Magic started off strong and never trailed in the game from wire to wire. The Magic were led in scoring by Meaghan Blaisdell (11 points) and Shanell Nardone (10 points). They also received some tough fought baskets from Nichole Hamel (7 points). The defense was outstanding as all of the Blazers points seem to come from long outside shots. Olivia Gallella (2 points) was a monster on defense with a number of blocked shots and bid rebounds and Kertrina Nardone was all over the Blazers dribblers. Michelle Creedon (2 points) chipped in with a big basket and Eva Barinelli seemed to run down every loose ball. Rachel Eatherton, Alexsay Zemetres and Samantha Teague also were big in limiting the Blazers scoring opportunities. The well coached Blazers made it close in the third quarter but the Magic had too much fire power today and improved to 3 wins - 0 losses in the early season.
Scoring for the Blazers were Ally Braciska (8points) Ariana Calouro (4 points), Bridget Casey (4 points),Ashley Kelly (4points) Caleigh Finneral (2 points) and Amanda Lane (1 point)
PACERS 33 SPURS 25
The Pacers got their first win of the season against a talented & scrappy Spurs team. The Pacers jumped out to an early lead led by the fast break scoring of Amanda Brown (15points) & the tough defense of Mackenzie Pierece (4points). In the 2nd qtr however things were different; the Spurs came out flying & outplayed the Pacers to take a 1 point lead into the half. Fortunately in the 2nd half the Pacers did not quit, outscoring & outhustling the Spurs to go up by as many as 15points & coming away with a hard earned 33-25 victory. Other scorers for the Pacers were Haley Acconcia, Danielle Newhall & Carlye Slavin each with 4points Lindsey Cossar who had a great all around game rounded out the scoring with 2points Although they didn't score the hard work of Colleen Kelly, Rachel Kelleher, Jenn Maddaleni & Paige Walker was instrumental in sealing the victory.
For the Spurs, Kelsie Bradley and June Garcia provide a spark to the defense,while Jamie Ray, Haley Golini, Loren Sullivan and Jamie Fowler lead the offensive attack. Ashley Colbert, Devlin Frost, Leanne Lozowski and Jamie Cohen had several great assists and were tough on the offensive and defensive boards all game. Leading scorer for the Spurs was Jamie Ray with 8 points. June Garcia was named defensive player of the game.
LYNX 16 STORM 13
The Lynx were able to hold off the oncoming Storm and secure a 16-13 win. This was a well played game on both sides. The Lynx came out strong in the 1st half and were to build a 6 point lead in the 2nd quarter behind scoring from four different players including the first points of the season by Laurens Crupi and McIntyre. However the Storm was thunderous and able to close the score to 12-8 by halftime. Since it was so close the Lynx split up their tall players for the 2nd half to help maintain their lead. In the end the Lynx were able to secure the 3 point win but the Storm did not relinquish in their effort and fought to the end. Defensive players of the game were Lauren McIntyre playing center for the first time and Janine Richardson who continue to improve on the defensive side every week. Scoring for the Lynx were Lily Wyatt, Carolyn Versackas, and Emily Woods with 4 each, and both Laurens with 2 each. Carolyn and Lily also chipped in with 6 rebounds each and every player on the team had at least one rebound. Emily had 3 steals.
After a double overtime tie and a last second loss the Storm were faced with the challenge of defending the vaunted twin towers of the Lynx (only one girl on the storm could reach their shoulders). Shorthanded (1 injured, 1 on vacation) and undersized the Storm demonstrated the defensive pressure and tenacity that is becoming their hallmark. Jessica Cacciola was a defensive powerhouse (her 8 points don't begin to tell the story!) with double digit steals and constant pressure. Brigh Cote continues to be the heart of the storm, defending, pushing the ball, and making the right passes. Stephanie Lemus and Samantha Salvaggio continue to support their point guards and come up with timely steals. Devyn Veits had a monster game on the boards, including a great put back shot and scoring the Storms first free throw of the season. This was a great game for Ashley Turri as she continues to evolve into a future dominant center. She had several great rebounds, bothered several shots, and really took advantage of her height. Megan Graczyk once again scored a key basket. Her ability to score should be magnified in future weeks as she continues to gain confidence in her shot. Although early in the season, Stephanie Cunningham has come a long way. Her efforts in practice are really being demonstrated in the games as she is becoming a force in the low post. Christine Santos continues to be the Storms low post rock. She has constantly found herself defending the other teams' largest players and doesn't give an inch. She again pulled in several key rebounds and pressured the Lynx all over the court. Special thanks again to Stephanie Graffeo who despite a broken arm was on our sidelines inspiring the Storm. We look forward to the rematch.
COMETS 26 SPARKS 9
We faced a talented Sparks team who kepoint us on out toes! All of the Comets first year girls really shined today and played great. Bridget Burgoyne and Rachel Conway got in the middle of some strong passes by the Sparks and deflected them away. They also hustled with quick feet on defense. Madison Bugley was posting real strong up high and kepoint good pressure on the ball. Leanne Durham(2) got her first hoop of the season when she continued getting her own rebound and it finally sank for her! Erin Gallella(4) and Felicia Ragucci both played a solid game pushing the ball through a strong defense and had some great attempoints at the net. Lizzie Gallella(4) and Allison Couillard (2) had a few fast breaks during the game and both girls were tough on defense. Michaela Svendsen(10) was our high scorer today and was able to grab some tough rebounds under the net. Caitlin Panessiti(2) made some fast cuts across the key and was able to get her hands on the ball for a hoop. Emily Langone(2) was a strong force on both ends of the court, grabbing some rebounds and had many attempoints on net. Scoring for the Sparks were Emily Zuraski (6 points), Allison Pelligrino (2 points) and Clarissa Chisholm (1 point)
MONARCHS 8 STARZZ 2
It was a tough week for the Starzz as not many shots fell for us. The girls all played good defense and continue to improve every week. Keep your heads high girls. Always remember this is about having fun, making friends and learning about the game of basketball. Jordyn Cavicchi scored her first basket of the year. Our defensive player of the game was Meaghan Welch. Great job girls.
Scoring for the Monarchs were Haley Mignon, Sarah Ciampa, Emma Crawson and Sydney Quinn, all with 2 ponts apiece.
MYSTICS 14 ROCKERS 10
The Mystics played their best game of the young season and they were able to get a win against a talented Rockers team. The Mighty Mystics really showed a lot of toughness and determination until the final buzzer. Michelle Maciel once again led the scoring with another dominant performance scoring a game high 8 points, followed by Sam Lalonde with 4 points. Lalonde played another great game contributing to this win in so many different ways. Young gun Isabella DeRoche (2 points), had another outstanding game and just brings an enormous amount of energy to this team. Rebecca Smith is working very hard to become one of the great point guards in this league and her hard work is starting to show during the game. Sam Nugent really set the tone for Mystics under the basket fighting and grabbing rebounds. Shannon Farias made the pass of the game with an incredible quick feed down low to an open teammate heading to the basket for 2 easy points. Each week this team shows something different, but they always seem to step up and compete at a very high level. This will prove to be a winning formula this season. Next week we play the defending Champions and it should be a great battle. Bring it on!!!
Scoring for the Rockers were Jocelyn Stavros (6 points), Sarah Constantino (2 points) and Sarah Bishop (2 points)
TERRIERS 13 WOLVERINES 11
The Terriers broke out of a two game scoring slump with a well balanced offensive attack led by our guards Ashley Colarusso, Kendyl Spinelli and Melanie Fleury. Our defense controlled the boards and continued to play as well as they have all year. The defense was led by Alexis Brincklow (8 rebounds), Michelle Tenaglia (4 steals), Rachel Kelly, Irene Houde, Meagan Timmins, Mikayla Dolan, Felicia St.Cyr and Carla Tenaglia.
High Scorers for the Wolverines were Erin Henry with 6 points, Nora Butler with 4 points, and Katie Garcia with 1 point. Defensive players were Miranda Hulme, Rebecca Lewis, Amanda Mckinnis and Rachael Langone
JAYHAWKS 23 CARDINALS 20
The Jayhawks faced a top Cardinal team in an exciting contest in week 3 of the season. The first half saw the Jayhawks take a small lead, but lost the lead in the third when they could just not match up with the Cardinals, falling behind by 8 points. The girls worked extremely hard, however, and pulled together for a great team win – with all but two players scoring and Chelsey Pellegrino, Andrea Doran, Kacie Ellegood, and Arianna Nicosia getting their first hoops of the season – Way to go girls!! Haley Marchant did a great job filling in at center and tearing down rebounds, and tying up loose balls – Yeah Haley! Ari, Andrea, and Haley M were the insurance against the big plays if the Cardinals got by the Jayhawk mini-press – and they did great a job of stopping anyone that got by!! Chelsey Pellegrino used her speed to help with the mini-press, and catch up and stop multiple breakaways. Emily Saunders and Kacie Ellegood did a great job bringing the ball down, and adjusting to multiple defenses. Haley Pozzuto and Nicole Petherbridge led the team in scoring with 6 points each, and worked oh so hard for those points with the defense swarming at them. Meg Braciska as usual was the leader of the 2nd line with 3 important points but a crazy # of assists, playing awesome defense while being the main target of the Cardinal defense!!. The game was tied with little over a minute to go, when Nicole Petherbridge iced a free throw for the tenuous lead, and then Arianna Nicosia sealed the win with her first hoop in TGBL. The Cardinals are clearly a very talented team, and this is a game that certainly could have gone either way. The Jayhawks look forward to the rematch in week 12..
.The Cardinals and Jayhawks met in a battle of the undefeated. Tension was in the air as the players strode onto the court. Play was tight in the 1st half and the Jayahwks were able to loosen up first behind great pressing to take a 10-4 halftime lead. The Cardinals thought about pressing but decided to keep to their game plan of good halfcourt offense and defense. This strategy paid off as the Jayhawks defense was pressing Emily Velozo, Caitlin Carroll, and Taylor Donahoe and left Ashley Figucia wide open. Ashley was able to capitalize on this and score 8 points in the 3rd!! In all the Cardinals scored 14 in the quarter to take a 18-12 lead entering the 4th. However the Jayhawks were not to be denied and worked hard the whole quarter to eventually tie the game. A free throw with about a minute to go gave the Jayhawks the 1 point lead. Taylor tried to answer on the other end for the Cardinals but the shot magically bounced back out of the net. The Jayhawks scored on the break with time winding down for the final score. Taylor is the defensive player of the game with relentless pressure, effort to deny the fast break, and 10 blocked shots on the day!!! Leading rebounders were Taylor with 9 and Caitlin with 8. Emily chipped in with 5 steals. Scoring for the Cardinals were Ashley with 10, Emily with 4, and Sarah Sullivan, Caitlin and Tayla Spezzano all with 2 each. Sam Mercurio also did a great job battling the pressure all day and Olivia Houghton and Julia Noone never faltered in their effort.
WAVES 27 COUGARS 25
The Waves broke through with their first win of the season. It took an extra quarter to get it done, but the Waves held on to defeat the Cougars 27 to 25. Leading the scoring for the Waves was Melissa Markwarth with 10 points, Kirsten Dick with 8 points, Erika Whynot with 6 points, Christina Noyes with 2 points, and Amy Glover with 1 point. The defensive player of the game was Alicia Moore. Colleen MacNeil led the team in rebounding. Also playing well and contributing to the team win was Amanda Ford, Lauren Riccardi, and Tayla LeGrand.
The Cougars ran into more than just some Waves on Saturday, it was instead like a Tsunamie. After 4 quarters of another high scoring game for the Cougars, the game was tied 23 - 23. The battle went into overtime and the Waves were able to score the final basket for the slim 2 point win. Delaney Chisolm led the scoring with 8 points followed by Jessica Lehman with 6points Sarah Bapointista (3points) was playing at her highest level of the young season, but really set the tone for us pounding away under the basket fighting for rebounds, great job!! Mary Crowe is as tough as nails and we're very lucky to have her on our side. The young kids are coming into their own now and are showing alot of improvement. Kiara Nash (2 points) played like a veteran once again and we expect to see great things from her. Emily Walker (2 points) is moving really well on defense and just gets better every week. On offense, she is a natural scorer with a great shot, she will be a big contributor as we move forward. Alyssa Mercurio and Gina Puccia played tenacious defense all game and forced many turnovers leading to fast break points. And we saw great passing skills from Niamh Cote (2 points) to her teammates heading to the basket for easy points. We will continue to work hard to get ready for a tough challenge against the high flying Cardinals next week.
WILDCATS 23 HUSKIES 17
The Huskies lost a tough game to a well balanced Wildcats team. Victoria Mirabito and Karalyn Gallella were the top scorers for the Huskies. Defensively the Huskies played great with Andrea DeFina controlling the rebounds and Lisa DeVito and Kiley Barrett playing tough defense. Stephanie McHatton and Sara Letourneau once again played solid at both ends of the court. Steffanie Deluca-Gifford and Kayla Marshall helped keep the Wildcats in check with heads up defense and some great hustle.
Wildcats had an awesome game really working together. Leading scorer was Ally Kelly with 6 points followed by Erin Davis 3, and Julia Kelly, Audrey Casey, Janina Kennedy, Heather Doyle, Rebecca Politis, Katie Dunlevy, and Teagan Trant all with 2 points. Shauna Danehy and Danielle Carrig played excellent under the boards. Defensive game goes to Ally, Julia, Heather, and Katie for second half play! Phenomenal job all around.