TGBL PUBLICITY WEEK 7 JANUARY 12, 2013
WAVES 37 EAGLES 19
The Waves looked to get back on track this week and boy did they ever. 8 out of 10 girls scored and a total team effort on both sides of the court. Leading the charges on offense was the formidable Haley Mignon with 16 pts (season high), Grace Morris with 4 and the block of the season. She addes 6 steals and 4 blocks for defense players of the week honors. Bianca Bongiorno netted 1 on a nice free throw. Christa Davis scored 2, Hannah Maffeo scored 4, Samira El Hakim 2 and sister Sofia El Hakim netted 2 as well. Emily Woods rounded out the scoring with 6. Rachel Figucia had 3 steals, 4 boards and 2 assists. Daisha Thompson had a steal, a block, a rebound and an assist. The team continues to grow as a team and understand the team concept. Unselfish passing and tenacious pressing defense make them a force to be reckoned with. Congrats to Sophia Alfano, Hannah Maffeo and Bianca Bongiorno for being voted by the team and parents to the All Star Game.
The Eagles struggles continued on Saturday with a long and hard fought battle against a very talented Waves team, a game riddled from start to finish with both teams beleaguered and befuddled by some of the game calls. The Eagles hung tough through 3 quarters, but in the end, the Eagles could not pull this one out. The Eagles scoring was led by Isabelle Picher, hitting 5 early buckets playing in the first one and a half quarters of the game, (10 points, 1 rebound, 3 steals and a blocked shot). Briana Walker also scored 2 points, and had a strong defensive game with 8 steals. Jacqui Marchant continued her strong rebounding with 4 boards, along with 2 points. She also had 3 well-timed fouls, preventing easy baskets, making the Waves earn their points. The Waves strategy was to commit to the full court press when permitted and the Eagles despite having practiced how to overcome the press could not come up with a response. The Eagles played hard to the last buzzer and will get back to the drawing board this week, looking to come out on the right side of their next contest.
HUSKIES 23 WILDCATS 18
The Wildcats met the hard-charging Huskies and despite a valiant effort could not come away with a win against the undefeated Huskies. The story of this game was the great defense that the Wildcats played from start to finish. On the day the team had 17 steals and slowed down the Huskie offense as much as they could. Good energy, foot movement, and straight up-and-down arms put defensive pressure on the Huskies all day. On the offensive side some good passing in the 4th quarter resulted in 8 points. The other 3 quarters the offense either could not get good shots to fall or had trouble making the final pass to the open Wildcat due to the defensive pressure of the Huskies. Overall a well played game and the Huskies earned the hard-fought victory. Scoring for the Wildcats were Isabella DeRoche with 8, Marissa Ladderbush with 4, and Ally Couillard, Sarah Bishop, and Elizabeth Lam with 2 each. Kerry Shea added 3 steals along with DeRoche’s 5. DeRoche had 7 blocks and Kendall Donahoe added 4.
COUGARS 18, JAYHAWKS 17
The Cougars played their best game of the season so far and were able to gain a huge win over the tough Jayhawks. It took all 10 girls playing smart and tough ball to pull out the win. This team continues to improve every single week and they seem to be gaining confidence in recent weeks. We will work hard again this week to get ready for our next opponent, the Wildcats.
The Jayhawks came out a bit cold, but managed to come alive in the second half against a great match with the Cougars. With only five points scored in the first half, the team had a lot of work to do. Our defense sparked a little too late to hold on to the win, but it showed that the girls would never give up! Caitlin Panessiti(2) & Jessica Caredeo both had multiple blocks and rebounds that helped keep us in the game. Amber Buttaro & Sofia Gouveia both made beautiful steals as they read the passes made by the Cougars offense and made some great breaks to the net. Britney Bourassa(2) and Victoria Horton played their pestering defense, frustrating many break away attempts made by the offense and kept the ball moving on offense. Janine Richardson and Brandey Geldart each had four rebounds and quickly got the pass off for fast breaks made by our team. In the final quarter, Amber Cullinan netted four big points to close the gap and then came Emily Chmela with the team high of 9 points. Six of her points were scored in the final minutes of the game as she made three big steals and drained three baskets one after another bringing us within one point. Defensive player of the game goes to Emily Chmela as she shined on both ends of the court today with great defense and was a tough force under the net. She played at one speed today.....speedy!!!
TERRIERS 17 WOLVERINES 16
Terriers had the early game this week against a strong Wolverines team. The game started off as a defensive battle where both teams were playing good defense. Offense was a little slow for the Terriers at the beginning of the game with Samantha Ogden scoring the only two points in the first quarter for the terriers. Fresh legs went out and the Terriers started to pick up pace on offense when Emily Langone got on the board with her usual aggressive play. She & Jocelyn Stavros got the team moving the ball around with good plays by Emily Milne, Brooke Fullerton & Alyssa Ouellette. Terriers added another 5 points in the half with a tough lane violation negating a free throw basket. The second half started with good ball movement by the Terriers. Jessica Potito was at point guard controlling the offense. Great rebounding in the paint from Abby Naugler gave them quite a few second chances. Taylor Bellavia was strong on defense making it tough for the Wolverines to get much moving out of there end. Alexis Hillis hit a beautiful jump shot coming off a pick to net another 2 points. The game was tight in the fourth quarter but with points from Jocelyn Stavros, Brooke Fullerton & Emily Langone, the Terriers added another 6 points to end the game strong and get the win. Great team effort & communication was the key to the Terriers victory.
MAGIC 34 JAZZ 18
The Magic and Jazz traded baskets in the first half in week 7 with both teams playing strong defense and making some great shots. In the second half, the Magic continued with aggressive defense, and combined it with great outside shooting and good low post play to get a lead that they never gave up. Tayla Spezzano drained two nice jump shots. Meg Braciska (7 pts) dropped in a trey, and a couple buckets from the outside. Erika Whynot continued with a hot hand, leading the scoring for the Magic with 13. Samantha Alman added 4 with great post play. Nicole Petherbridge added 6 playing hard under the hoop. Irene Houde, Julia Noone, and Rachel Langone battled for rebounds giving the Jazz no extra shots, and are the defensive payers of the game. Ally Bourassa shut down the Jazz fast break to insure the win for the Magic!
SUN 28 SONICS 14
The Suns remained undefeated with a 28-14 win against a tough Sonics team. Sam Suroweic lead the Suns with 12pts and an overall outstanding offesive and defensive effort. Amanda Lobsien had 6pts, Karalyn Gallella 4pts, Rebecca Lewis, Katie Garcia,and Christina Noyes 2pts each. Noyes hit her basket with a great shot at the 1st quarter buzzer. The defense was led by a strong effort by both Mary crowe and Sarah Murray.
BLAZERS 36 PACERS 27
The Blazers came away with a great effort against a sharp-shooting Pacers team to improve to 5-2 on the season. The 1st half was all back-and-forth with inside scoring by the Blazers and great jump shooting by the Pacers. Halftime score was 12-10 with the Blazers holding the slim lead. Then Emily Velozo took over. In the 3rd quarter alone Velozo was 6 for 9 from the floor (including 1 3-pointer), sank one free throw, had 3 rebounds, 1 steal, and one assist on a pass to Caitlin Carroll. In the 4th quarter the Blazers withstood several rally attempts by the Pacers with good defense and rebounding to notch the nine point victory. Scoring for the Blazers was Velozo with 16, Carroll with 8, Madison Wescott with 6, and Teagan Trant, Taylor Donahoe, and Kacie Ellegood with 2 each. Ellegood and Wescott led the team with 4 steals apiece and Carroll added 4 assists.
SPARKS 9 MYSTICS 8
The Sparks earned their second consecutive win of the season against the Mystics with a score of 9-8. The first quarter saw the Mystics score an impressive 8 points as they quickly advanced 8-0. The second quarter saw several players score allowing us to catch up and tie the game 8-8 by the half. Alexa Harrington led the scoring with 4 points with a basket each by Katherine Marquis and Julia Cafferty. Katherine had an impressive assist with Julia's basket allowing her to make a small layup. The third quarter had the Sparks score an additional point with a foul shot by Allie Indingaro. This game was won by a strong defensive effort with some blocked shots by Surabhi Keesara, a couple of steals by Emma Fleming and Alyssa Boudreau, and strong rebounding by Rachel Staringi, Nicole Stephens, and Sarah Molander. Emily Carlin continues to be a supporting force on the bench as she recovers from a broken arm. With this second win, the confidence level is riding high for Team Sparks.
The Mystics came out in high gear against the Sparks and put up 8 points in the first quarter. There was no doubt they had the early momentum going. The Mystics defense was stellar all game and all the girls are playing at a much higher level now. The passing has improved and this whole team is moving the ball and finding the open shooters much better. The Mystics had many great scoring opportunities and good looking shots but they just didn't fall this week. We will build on this and get ready for the Storm next week.
MONARCHS 8 MERCURY 3
The Monarchs faced off against a very aggressive and talented Mercury team and right from the opening tip off it was a battle. The Monarchs were scoreless in the first period despite some quality shooting from Jaclyn Dillon and Gianna Bourassa. In the second period Sophie Eskenas provided a much needed spark generating offense and putting up six points. Alexis Foley, Elizabeth Stephens, and Liz Taggart contributed at both ends of the court with solid shooting, tough rebounds, and aggressive steals on defense. Erin Ciampa was a big presence on offense and defense and frustrated the Mercury shooters throughout the game. Erin McIntyre and Klara Holden played well handling the ball and managing the passing game as well as putting a lot of pressure on the Mercury guards to come away with a number of steals. Gianna Bourassa netted the final two points for the Monarchs with a jumper in the 3rd to secure the win.
LIBERTY 17 COMETS 7
The Liberty pulled out another tough win over the aggressive Comets. Defense was the key to this victory, with the entire team showing continued improvement defensively. Amanda Moreira had a great game and was named Defensive player of the game, showing tremendous hustle and heads up play. Offensively, the Liberty did a good job of getting quality shots off and had some nice passing, and Rebecca DeFrancesco and Caitlyn Fiore worked hard to drive the ball in and draw fouls. Rebecca scored 4 of her 6 points from the free throw line. Caitlyn chipped in with 5 points. Rena Ruggeiro continues to improve her outside jumper and added 4 points, and Leah Veloz, with 2 points, was a defensive force, with several blocked shots and rebounds. Faith Mazzipica and Ava Nickerson continue to hustle on both ends of the court, working hard to get the ball to open teammates and playing aggressive defense, and Jamie Odams continues to show improvement on defense.