Sonics Knock Off The Blazers; Jazz Get The Better Of Spurs
Mystics egde Starzz in Junior Division thriller.
(Editor's Note: The following information was provided by the Tewksbury Girls Basketball League)
SONIC S 39, BLAZERS 12
The Sonics finally came out firing on all cylinders against a tough Blazers team. Toni Joy led the way scoring 12 points in the first and third quarter, 4 of those from the foul line. Shannon Smith kept the second and fourth quarters going with 9 points. Alexis Chaet was ruling under the boards and also came alive with 8 points. Mariah Wentzell had some great steals which she went coast to coast with racking up 6 points. Erica Dirk drained two open shots for 4 points. The Sonics D was spot on holding the Blazers to only 12 points. Kathleen Silk did a great job of keeping the Blazer guards out in the corners and Jenn Cobuccio was relentless at the top of the key earning them both defensive players of the game. Monica Aronson did a great job of keeping the ball out of the key and getting in players grills. Kenzie Wyatt was awesome under the boards getting some tap out rebounds to her teammates. Marissa Conlin caused numerous turnovers and did a great job at feeding the ball for lots of assists. Awesome job Sonics!!!
Scoring for the Blazers were Ariana Calouro and Brooke Patterson with 4 points each, and Caleigh Finneral and Crystal Lemus with 2 points each.
JAZZ 38, SPURS 30
The Jazz improved to 5 and 1, with a win against the improving Spurs. Leading the way for the Jazz were Danielle Cacciola (12pts), Sara Semenza (9pts) and Shannon Semenza (7pts). Alysa Defruscia (6pts), Sam Lopolite, and Abby Wise played great on the boards. Hillary Fletcher(2pts) and Rebecca Keough were all over the Spurs forwards, while Hannah Benning (1pt) and Dimple Ghandi did a great job containing the guards. Hillary Fletcher was named defensive player of the game.
Scoring for the Spurs were Shannon McLaughlin (8 pts), Jamie Ray (7 pts), June Garcia (4 pts.), Haley Golini (3 pts.) and Leanne Lozowski, Ashley Colbert, Devlin Frost, and Loren Sullivan, all with 2 points each.
MAGIC 29 PACERS 20
It was another tough game for the Magic this week as it seems every team in the Senior Division saves their best game for them. In the second half the Magic were able to pull away and pick up the victory. The team was lead in scoring by Shanell Nardone(12pts) who started to really heat up in the fourth quarter. Kelly Quigley (6pts) was back this week and she didn’t miss a beat. Nichole Hamel( 3pts) controlled the boards and chipped in with a big basket and a key free throw down the stretch. Meaghan Blaisdell (6pts) was back from a hand injury and was instrumental in the win. She hit a few good shots but nothing as dramatic as the half-court buzzer beater to end the 3rd quarter. Alexsay Zemetres (2pts) hit a big and much needed basket and Michelle Creedon, Eva Barinelli and Rachel Eatherton had good opportunities on offense and stellar defensive play. Kertrina Nardone’s passing was superb all game and Samantha Teague’s rebounds and picks helped free up the Magic shooters. Olivia Gallella was hampered by a foot injury and sorely missed but was able to contribute as bench assistant.
Scoring for the Pacers were Mackenze Pierce (8 pts.), Haley Acconcia (4 pts.), Carlye Slavin (2 pts.), Amanda Brown (2 pts.), Colleen Kelly (2 pts.), and Lindsey Cossar (2 pts.).
COMETS 22, LYNX 2
Our defense today was solid at the top of the key as well as under the net! High scorers Allison Couillard(6) and Emily Langone(6) both did a great job keeping a tough opponent at bay and knocking away many strong passes! Erin Gallella(2) played a fantastic defensive game as she too blocked several passes made by the Lynx and with fellow teammate, Felicia Ragucci(2) both put up a strong wall at the top of the key, not letting anything through. Forwards Bridget Burgoyne, Madison Bugley and Rachel Conway all hustled today, giving 100% on both ends of the court by making some strong passes while under our net and getting their hands on some rebounds! Lizzie Gallella and Michaela Svendsen(4) both stepped up for our team today as they kept a tight defensive watch on one of the Lynx key players, stepping in front of passes and causing a few turnovers. Leanne Durham and Caitlin Panessiti(2) made some great rebounds for our team and helped keep the ball away from our net. Defensive player: Erin Gallella
The Lynx knew they were in for a tough game as they entered the game with their big force in the middle, Carolyn Versackas, on the sideline with an injury. However the Lynx played strong defense the whole game and were able to limit the Comets fast break points and hold them to their lowest point total of the year. Offensively although struggling at times the Lynx were able to get off a lot of nice shots that were not able to fall. Scoring for the Lynx was Emily Woods who also led the team with 5 rebounds. The whole team deserves credit on this day for playing hard all game. This includes Lauren Crupi, Kendall Donahoe, Nadia Schena, Lily Wyatt, Marissa Brangiforte, Jessica Caredeo, Lauren McIntyre, Grace Morris, and Janine Richardson.
MYSTICS 13, STARZZ 12
The Mystics played a very tough Starzz team and were fortunate to get the win. The Mystics scored a scarce 4 points in the first 2 quarters and trailed at half time by 2. The Starzz team came out in the 3rd qtr and continued there strong defensive play and the Mystics found themselves trailing by even more going into the 4th quarter down 10-6. In the 4th quarter the Mighty Mystics just wouldn't accept the results they seen when they looked at the score board. They came out and scored 6 points in the quarter to tie the game up at 12-12 in the last minute forcing it into over-time. With time running out in O-T the score was still tied at 12-12 when Sam Nugent drove to the basket and got fouled. The game was hers to win from the free throw line. She stepped up and nailed the biggest basket of her young career to put the Mystics up by 1 point with little time remaining. The Mystics played tough defense to finish and managed to pull out the win. We will get right back to work and continue to improve this week to get ready for our next game against the Lynx. This will be our biggest game of the year and we will be ready.
Scoring for the Starzz were Isabelle Picher ( 4pts.), Marissa Ladderbush (4 pts.) , Devyn MacEachern (2 pts.) and Jordyn Cavicchi (2 pts.).
SPARKS 10, MONARCHS 6
Great game was played by all as the Sparks won their first game of the season. Allison Pelligrino played a great defensive game helping out the team with many steals. Emily Zuraski scored 6 points. Britney Bourassa and Erin Mader each scored 2 points.
The Monarchs and Sparks played their first game after the holiday break but the girls were anything but rusty. From the opening tipoff the players on both sides fought for the ball and played heads up on offense and defense. Sarah Ciampa and Emily Amaral did a great job of setting up the offense and fighting for loose balls. Justine Forti was tough on defense and made two steals. Amber Cullinan netted her first basket of the season with a jumper from the middle of the key. Giovanna Frisella also scored her first points of the season with a quick release shot from an inbound pass. Erin Briley, Helen Johnson, and Emma Crawson were solid at both ends of the court fighting for rebounds and shutting down the Sparks offense. Sidney Quinn and Haley Mignon played aggressively with multiple steals and rebounds, but the shots just were not dropping for the Monarchs today. The girls had their strongest showing as a team with all of the girls giving 100% every minute of the game, but the scoring just did not go our way.
STORM 16 ROCKERS 8
Team Storm’s first victory was a total team effort. Jessica Cacciola led all scorers with ten points and Christine Santos added six. Ashely Turri and Stefenni Cunningham dominated the offensive and defensive boards and Brigh Cote had several steals. Stephanie Graffeo and Samantha Salvaggio controlled the offense while Megan Graczyk and Stephanie Lemus were solid on both ends of the court.
On Saturday the Rockers matched up well against the Storm. The Rockers continue their weekly improvements getting better on defense as well as passing the ball. The team struggled in the first half, but then finished the second half by playing very good defense and passing the ball very well on fast breaks and on offense. The scoring for the Rockers was lead by Jocelyn Stavros (4), Hannah Maffeo (2) and Sarah Constantino (2). Playing good defense was Jessica Potito, Hannah Knoops, Bianca Bongiorno and Bianca Araya. Centers Sarah Bishop and Jacquelyn Marchant pulled down multiple rebounds protecting their basket. Unfortunately the 8 points was not enough to secure the win and the Storm won the contest 14 to 8. Congratulations to the Storm for a nice win.
COUGARS 24, EAGLES 14
The Cougars played a very tough and very fast Eagles team and were fortunate to come away with the victory. The Cougars had a 4-0 lead after 1st qtr baskets from Jess Lehmann and Delaney Chisolm. The 2nd qtr was tough fought for both teams and the Cougars went into the 3rd qtr with a 12-8 lead. In the second half of the game the Cougars continued their high level of play and increased their lead to 21-8 after 3 qtrs. In the 4th, the Eagles tried to mount a comeback and started to close the gap but the Cougars kept driving to the basket and made great passes to work the clock down to get the win. This team continues to show great toughness and determination to get better. We will work hard to improve this week to get ready for the Terriers next Saturday.
The 1st quarter started out slow with many shots to the basket and a struggle to get them in. Making a very strong showing was Marissa Doherty to put the first basket in for the Eagles and maintaining a consistent effort with 8 out of the 15 baskets with some great assistance by Samatha Surowiec.
Shaylee Puleo continued the hard offensive effort with a basket for 2 points in the first quarter and 2 more points in the 3rd quarter.Lots of hustle by Adrianna Favreau putting in for 2 more points in the 3rd quarter and a final foul shot for 1 more point. Alexandra Bourassa capturing many rebounds keeping the Cougars on their toes.Nicole Liggiero, Jessica Liggiero, Katherine Adelsberger Megan Donahue and Geena Duffy showed lots of teams spirit and determination.
JAYHAWKS 24 TERRIERS 11
The Jayhawks played a talented Terriers team in week 6, and had to again rely heavily on their veteran players for the win. Meg Braciska had an amazing game, leading the team on offense and defense, scoring (10 pts) and taking on the toughest defensive assignments to slow down the Terriers attack. Haley Pozzuto was right behind Meg with 6 points, and strong defense as well with too many rebounds too count. Nicole Petherbridge added 2 pts and set some nice picks to help free up Braciska, but spent most her efforts on the defensive end of the court with a handful of great blocked shots. Haley Marchant, Sam Powers, and Arianna Nicosia all chipped in with 2 each to complete the scoring. Emily Burns and Emily Saunders put up some good shots that just wouldn't drop, and played great defense. Emily Saunders and Chelsey Pellegrino did a great job of slowing down the Terriers guards. Kacie Ellegood and Andrea Doran split time in this game, and fought tough on both ends of the court. Meg Braciska, Chelsey Pellegrino, and Emily Saunders were the defensive players of the game. The Jayhawks played a great game and will need to continue to work hard and work together as a team to continue their winning ways.
Scoring for the Terriers were Alexis Brinklow(6 pts.), Meagan Timmins (2 pts.), Kendyl Spinelli (2 pts.) and Ashley Colarusso (1 pt.)
WILDCATS 23, CARDINALS 16
The Cardinals knew they were going to have a tough day as they lost their tough point guard Sam Mercurio for the game with an injury. Hope you are feeling better Sam. In the 1st the Cardinals controlled the tempo early but were only able to take a 4-0 lead. Then late in the quarter the Wildcats were able to close the gap to 1 entering the 2nd quarter. In the 2nd the Cardinals came out strong but the Wildcat attack was just too intense and they were able to take the lead and extend it to 9 points by half time at 15-6. The Cardinals in the 3rd quarter started to claw their way back and got within 4 points sparked by Olivia Houghton’s first basket of the season. Olivia had a lot of nice shots on the day and easily could have 8 points. At the end of the 3rd the score was 18-12. In the 4th quarter the intensity was high and both sides played with energy. In the end the Cardinals could not handle the Wildcat pressure and they fell 23-16. Scoring for the Cardinals was Emily Velozo with 6, Shannon Vasas with 4, and Taylor, Donahoe, Tayla Spezzano, and Olivia with 2 each. Emily led the defense with 6 steals and defensive player of the game goes to Taylor with several key blocks and strong pressure on the Wildcat center.
Scoring for the Wildcats were Katherine Dunleavy with 12 points, Teagan Trant with 3 points, Rebekah Politis, Shauna Danehy, and Heather Doyle with 2 points each, and Julia Kelly and Erin Davis with 1 point each.
HUSKIES 22, FALCONS 10
The Huskies played a great game and showed their best defensive effort of the year. Victoria Mirabito and Kiley Barrett scored some key baskets to keep the pressure on the Falcons. Karalyn Gallella was feeding her teamates with some nice passing. Leading the Huskies in rebounds and tough defense underneath were Andrea DeFina, Nicole Lucia, Lisa DeVito, Steffanie Deluca-Gifford and Sara Latourneau! Kayla Marshall and Stephanie McHatton kept the pressure on the Falcons guards all game and forced some key turnovers. Defensive player of the game--Stephanie McHatton
Scoring for the Falcons were Amanda Aylward, Brittney Fletcher, Francesca Cocca, Natalie Veloz, and Sydney Burlamachi, all with 2 points apiece.
WAVES 26, WOLVERINES 8
The Waves played excellent defense, which allowed for some great offensive opportunities. High scorers for the Waves were Melissa Markwarth (8 pts.), Kirsten Dick (8 pts.), and Christina Noyes (4 pts.) Defensive Player of the game was Christina Noyes.
The Wolverines ran into a hot Waves team on Saturday. The Wolverines defense lead by Nora Butler, Sarah Murray and Rachael Langone kept the game close in the first half before the Waves were able to break away in the second. Erin Henry was unable to suit up for the game due to an injury, but she was on the bench cheering on her teammates. Her offense and rebounding skills were missed as the Wolverines could only muster 8 points against a high rebounding Waves team. Amanda McGuiness lead all Wolverine scorers with 4 pts, while Nicole Cobuccio did a great job handling and passing the ball. Rebecca Lewis and Nora Butler (2 pts each) rounded out the Wolverines scoring.