BLAZERS 38 SPURS 27
The Blazers had a solid effort to improve to 6-2 on the season. The key to victory was execution at all facets of the game with good shot selection, crisp passing, energy on the boards, aggressiveness on the ball, and good teamwork. Every player on the Blazers had at least one rebound and one steal. Despite having the lead for most of the game, in the 4th the Spurs dug in on defense and were able to close the gap to 6 points with enough time left on the clock. However Madison Wescott, Kacie Ellegood, and Teagan Trant stepped up their defense and rebounding to finish the game strong and come away with the 11-point win. Scoring for the Blazers were Emily Velozo and Wescott with 12 each, Ellegood with 8, Lisa Devito with 4 and Taylor Donahoe with 2. Velozo drained her third 3-pointer of the season. Donahoe and Ellegood led the team with 6 steals each and Arianna Nicosia added 5 of her own. Donahoe added 3 blocks to her team-leading tally. Sarah Sullivan and Shauna Danehy (3 steals) played solid defense to slow down the Spurs charge.
Although the game ended with a double digit victory in favor of the Blazers, the Spurs were able to cut into the lead and get it down to 6 points mid-way through the fourth quarter before falling to the Blazers fast break. We are very pleased with the offense this week as we posted our second highest point total of the season with 27 points and had many more opportunities to score but we just couldn't get the basket to fall consistently. Leading the way offensively was freshman Katy Dunlevy (10pts) followed by Victoria Mirabito (7pts), Ashley Figucia (5pts), Alyssa Mercurio (4pts), and Michelle Tenaglia (1pt) rounding out the scoring. Our defense lacked consistency and if we can get our hands around this we will be able to compete with the top teams in the league. Although we were inconsistent, we had some players who had a solid defensive effort which helped us to keep the game close, these players are Carla Tenaglia, Kendyl Spinelli and Erica Deveau.
The Magic met the Pacers in week 8, and the story was all about great rebounding, that gave the Magic the win in a close game with some great pay by both teams. The Magic got out to a good start with some strong guard play and some good shooting, taking a 10-2 lead after one quarter. The second quarter was a different story, with some defensive lapses, and passing, leading to some steals by the Pacers putting them right back into the game and into the lead at the half. The third quarter though was all Magic, with 17 pts scored, and a crazy offensive and defensive rebounding display, giving the Magic some needed extra chances and easy buckets, while limiting the Pacers to single shots. The Magic played well enough in the fourth to pull out the win. Offensive leaders were Samantha Alman (11pts) and Rachel Langone (6pts) having break out weeks for both. Meg Braciska controlled the game for the Magic, hitting another 3 pointer (7pts total). Tayla Spezzano, Irene Houde, and Nicole Petherbridge all chipped in 2 pts. Ally Bourassa again was the Defensive leader using her speed to shut down the Pacers guards. Great game by both teams.
SUN 45 WIZARDS 32
The Suns were down to a very determined Wizards team 16-04 after the first quarter and rallied back for a 45-32 victory to climb to 8-0. the Suns were Lead by a season high 21 pts by Karalyn Gallella. Also contributing to the scoring were Amanda Lobsien with 8pts, Rebecca Lewis and Olivia Powers with 4pts Katie Garcia and Mary Crowe with 3pts and christina Noyes with 2pts. The defense was lead by another strong effort from Sarah Murray, Sam Surowiec, Miranda hulme, Garcia ,Crowe,and Gallella.
WOLVERINES 20 JAYHAWKS 15
It was another close call today as we faced the mighty Wolverines. Leading our offense was Jessica Caredeo (4), Emily Chmela (4), Amber Cullinan (2), Amber Buttaro (2), Britney Bourassa (1) and Brandey Geldart with her first hoop of the season! Solid defensive blocks by Caitlin Panessiti and Michaela Svendsen helped our defense keep the Wolverines at bay. Janine Richardson grabbed key rebounds and fought for the ball under the net. Sofia Gouveia and Victoria Horton were both on their toes, making great steals from the offense and getting the pass off for a breakaway. Defensive player of the game goes to Brandy Geldart for hustling on both ends of the court and playing a heads up game!
WILDCATS 24 COUGARS 19
The Wildcats pulled out a victory against the tenacious Cougars. Defense was the key to success in the first three quarters for the Wildcats. In the 1st quarter Ally Couillard (2) notched 3 steals to spur the transition offense to get Isabella DeRoche (6) some nice looks and an 8-2 lead. Sarah Bishop also had a lot of nice shots from the top of the key that just would not fall. Emily Puccia was active on both sides of the court with shots, rebounds and 1 steal. In the 2nd quarter it was a defensive battle with both teams scoring 4 points. Defensive pressure was led by Clarissa Chisholm (2) and Elizabeth Lam who both had three steals in the quarter. Kerry Shea, Kendall Donahoe (2), and Chisholm provided the offensive opportunities with 3 shots each. The 2nd half was a game of runs. In the 3rd quarter the aggressive mid-court defense of Marissa Ladderbush (12) notched her 5 steals in the quarter. Stephanie Lemus also played great defense in the quarter with 2 steals and 3 rebounds. This great defense allowed the Wildcats to stretch their lead to 24-6 entering the 4th quarter. However the Cougars were not finished as they clawed their way back in the 4th quarter with a solid man-to-man defense, full court press, and a more rapid pace to outscore the Wildcats 13-0. Donahoe (2) had 4 blocks in the quarter that helped preserve the narrow five-point victory.
WAVES 25 TERRIERS 21
The Waves knew they were in for a battle and that's exactly what transpired. In a back and forth battle from start to finish the Waves were able to pull out the toughest victory of the year. The girls played a great game on both sides of the court. With the score tied 21-21 at the end of regulation, the teams went to an exciting overtime. We were able to hold them scoreless, while Haley Mignon had 2 key baskets to secure the win. Haley led the team with 14 pts, Emily Woods added 5 pts and continues to impress with her guard play and amazing speed, Daisha Thompson added 2, Grace Woods 2, Sofia El-Hakim 2. Rachel Figucia continues to provide shut down defense and rebounding, Bianca Bongiorno grows every week as a point guard, Sophia Alfano with great rebounding down low, Samira El-Hakim is tenacious on Defense and Hannah Maffeo can knock down that bank shot with ease.
COMETS 12 MONARCHS 6
The Comets executed extremely well on their game plan against a good Monarchs team. All of the girls played terrific defense, only allowing a minimum amount of shots throughout the game led by terrifc efforts from Megan Boudreau and Brooke Woodman. The well diversified scoring came from five different players including Morgan Woodman (4), Kiley Tibbetts (2), Alex Fowler (2), Madison Bourassa (2), and Shannon Crowley (2) and was cereated by the great passing and playmaking of Alyssa Marchelletta, Megan Cunningham, and Meghan Ostertag.
SPARKS 24 MERCURY 10
The Sparks earned their third consecutive win of the season against the Mercury with a score of 24-10. The leading scorers of the game were Katherine Marquis (6), Sarah Molander (4) and Alexa Harrington (4). Alyssa Boudreau, Emma Fleming, Allie Indingaro, Nicole Stephens, and Julia Cafferty each contributed a basket at several times throughout the game. The excitement on Alyssa and Emma's faces was truly priceless as they scored their first basket of the season. Rachel Staringi attempted a couple of shots but was unable to see one drop. Unfortunately, Emily Carlin (broken arm) and Surabhi Keesara did not play in the game this past weekend. Team Sparks continues to execute as a team as evident by the well rounded scoring by everyone on the team. With this third win in a row, Team Sparks can achieve anything!
The Mercury came out hard in the first quarter playing aggressive holding the Sparks to only 2 points. A great battle on each end of the floor with excellent defensive by Kaitlin Oates, Hannah Keane, and Kayla Fisk throughout the first half. Even though the Sparks took the lead and continued to hit great shots in the third quarter the Mercury continued to battle with help from Asha Speller crashing the boards both offensively and defensively giving the Mercury many attempts but the ball just would not fall. Kristina Johnson came out on fire in the 4th quarter and scored 6 points. Amber Kelly had a great offensive rebound which resulted in another 2 pints. Angelina Carew played aggressive and tied up every loose ball that came her way, and also had 2 points. A great effort by the Mercury girls.
ROCKERS 16 LIBERTY 15
The Liberty and Rockers took to the court in a great battle of the undefeated teams, and the crowd was given a great show as these two talented teams played a fantastic game. The Liberty continued to play it’s great team defense and the game stayed close during the first half. The Rockers took a 7 point lead in the 3rd quarter, and despite a valiant 4th quarter effort, the Liberty came up short. Scoring for the Liberty were Rebecca DeFrancesco, Rena Ruggiero, Caitlyn Fiore and Leah Veloz. Faith Mazzipica continues to be a major contributor and a very versatile player, ready to take on any task given her. Amanda Moreira played her usual scrappy defense and Abby Hayes and Jamie Odams continue to improve, doing a good job of working to get open on offense. Congratulations to the Rockers on a great victory!!