TGBL PUBLICITY WEEK 4 DECEMBER 22, 2012
LIBERTY 23 SPARKS 12
The Liberty kept their winning streak alive with another great team effort. The offense is really coming together, with every member of the team getting some good shots off and making good passes. Leah Veloz had a great 1st quarter to give the Liberty a commanding lead, and Rebecca DeFrancesco, Caitlyn Fiore and Faith Mazzipica all scored, keeping the Liberty ahead for the whole game. Ava Nickerson and Rena Ruggiero worked extremely hard on defense, creating many turnovers and had some good shots on offense that just wouldn’t fall today. Tori Sweeney showed tremendous hustle on defense, and Jamie Odams, Amanda Moreira and Abby Hayes continue to improve and took some great shots that just wouldn’t drop.
The Sparks approached this week looking to grab their first win of the season. The team quickly fell behind early on but stayed close in the remaining 3 quarters. Scoring was led by Katherine Marquis (6) with additional baskets by Allie Indingaro, Julia Cafferty, and Emily Carlin. Katherine drove the lane for all her baskets, Allie hit nothing but net with an outside jumper with Julia and Emily each scoring their first baskets of the season down low. Alyssa Boudreau had another strong defensive game shutting down several plays. Nicole Stephens and Rachel Staringi each grabbed several rebounds but could not shake the solid Liberty defense. Sarah Molander continued to improve in her second week back from an injury. Alexa Harrington and Emma Fleming each stepped up with ease to play different positions this week. Unfortunately, we were one player short as Surabhi Keesara was out of action with a sore finger. The Sparks continued to have a great attitude while playing hard from beginning to end.
MONARCHS 18 MYSTICS 8
The Monarchs had a breakthrough performance for their first win of the season over the talented Mystics team. Every player contributed on offense with rebounds and quality shooting. Erin McIntyre played fantastic defense and managed to turn three steals into fast break baskets for 6 points. Gianna Bourassa and Adrianna Niles were outstanding on offense combining for 6 points but they also came up big defensively throughout the game. Klara Holden and Elizabeth Stephens also contributed to the scoring with 2 points each and several key rebounds. Sophie Eskenas was fast and furious handling the ball on offense, driving the lane, and stopping the attack on defense. Erin Ciampa played big in the middle grabbing rebounds and stepping up to block the shooters when they drove around our defenders. Jaclyn Dillon played big down low grabbing rebounds and tying up the attackers for jump balls. The girls played solid team basketball and gave us an exciting performance for the Monarchs first victory.
The Mystics played a very hungry and fast Monarchs team this week and lost. The Mystics are a young team that continues to improve every week in all parts of their game but this past week came up short on the scoreboard. We look forward to next weeks opponent and are very anxious to play again.
The Mercury battled hard against the Storm but couldn't get the ball to fall. Great shooting efforts by Hannah Keane and Asha Speller. Kristina Johnson had 2 great baskets to keep the Mercury in the game. Great hustle on both ends of the court by Sarah Milne, Angelina Carew, and Olivia Delonais. All the girls hustled on defense and tied up every lose ball and on the offensive end had great passing and looks at the hoop. Great last few minute efforts to try to overcome a one point deficit. Great overall game for both teams, a fun exciting game to watch!
WOLVERINES 14 WILDCATS 8
The Wolverines proved too tough for the Wildcats to notch the six-point victory. Both teams played well on both sides of the court and resulted in a good basketball game. As anticipated the game was a defensive struggle with both sides struggling to get good shooting opportunities despite good passing and ball control. The 1st and 3rd quarter had the most promise for scoring behind 22 quality team shots by the Wildcats. Ally Couillard and Isabella DeRoche combined for 17 of these but only 2 (1 each) bounced our way and fell in the net. Clarissa Chisholm was ferocious in the 2nd quarter with 4 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals. The game was close for most of the day until the Wolverines pulled away halfway through the 4th. Leading rebounders were Katelyn Scorano with 7, DeRoche with 6, and Chisholm with 5. Steals for the day were led by DeRoche with 6, and Couillard and Sarah Bishop with 3 apiece.
HUSKIES 26 JAYHAWKS 17
It was a tough battle back and forth and the Jayhawks defense is what kept us in the game start to finish, but in the end fell short against the undefeated Huskies! Point guards Britney Bourassa and Emily Chmela had the tough task of pushing the ball through a strong Huskie defense and did so with great ball handling. Guards Victoria Horton and Amber Cullinan both did a fantastic job pressuring the offense and causing some well earned turnovers. Forwards Sofia Gouveia and Amber Buttaro continue to be a thorn in the side of our opponents each week making great steals and shots on net! Janine Richardson was strong under the net with good rebounding and made strong passes to her team. Forwards Jessica Caredeo, Caitlin Panessiti and Michaela Svendsen made their presence known on the court pulling down multiple rebounds on both ends and blocked shots made by the offense. Leading our offense was Michaela Svendsen(4), Caitlin Panessiti(4), Britney Bourassa(3), Jessica Caredeo(2), Amber Buttaro(2) & Amber Cullinan(2). Defensive player goes to Michaela Svendsen. She was successful in dimming many offensive shots made by the Huskies and grabbed key rebounds throughout the game. She also sank a pretty 3 pointer in the last quarter as the Jayhawks tried to close in on the Huskies!
TERRIERS 21 EAGLES 8
Heading in to the holidays, the Eagles were unable to catch any of the holiday spirit, meeting up against a very talented Terriers team, and lost by a score of 21-8. The game was close through 3 quarters, yet the Eagles came up short in the fourth quarter, where the strong Terrier team pulled away with a victory. The Eagles improved their board play, coming away with a season high 24 rebounds, yet they were not fortunate to have any of their second chance opportunities fall for baskets. The Eagles were led by the continued strong play of Alicia Barbati, (2 points, and 10 rebounds), and Jacquelyn Marchant, (2 points and 9 rebounds). Rounding out the effort were Sarah Constantino, (2 points, 2 steals, a blocked shot, and an extremely two very timely fouls, preventing easy layups by the Terriers, allowing the Eagle to stay competitive through 3 quarters and Kendra Waugh, who played stellar defense, with a rebound and 2 steals to again keep the game close. The Eagles hope to get back on track heading into the New Year.
WAVES 11 COUGARS 2
The Waves were looking to get back on the winning track after losing their first of the season. The Cougars played tough from start to finish holding us to 11 points, 2 in the first half. The Waves played their best defensive game of the young season. Scoring in the 1st quarter was Sophia Alfano. 3rd quarter scoring was Haley Mignon with 5 and the 4th quarter was rounded out by Haley with 2 and Emily Woods with 2. Solid defense provided by Rachel Figucia, Grace Morris, Daisha Thompson, Bianca Bongiorno, Samira and Sofia El Hakim, Krista Davis and Hannah Maffeo.
The Cougars played a great defensive game last week against the powerful Waves but came away with a loss. The offense just couldn't produce many points but the shorthanded Cougars still played hard until the final buzzer. This team continues to improve in different areas of their games each week and they are becoming a much better team. We cannot wait to play our next opponent next Saturday and we will be ready.
SONICS 30 MAGIC 20
The Sonics had a great team effort to bring in a win against the Magic. Alexis Brinklow, Haley Pozzuto and Meagan Timmins led the scoreboard while Sam Powers, Natalie Veloz and Alicia Moore held the scoring with great rebounding. Nicole Lucia played a strong defensive game. Haley Pozzuto showed strong leadership on offense and both Sarah Ward and Amy Glover had assists. Mikayla Dolan rounded out a strong offense with smart passing. The team came together this week for a great win.
The Magic played hard again in week 4, but came up short. The Magic started with a strong first half with Erika Whynot (6 pts) and Rachel Langone(4pts) leading the way in offense, and Julia Noone and Irene Houde (4 pts) shutting down the middle. In the second half, the Magic continued to fight for every loose ball, and Allie Bourassa (4 pts) had some nice break away lay ups and some awesome assists, and Tayla Spezzano (2 pts) rebounded every ball that came her way against a huge height differential. The Sonics were able to get a lead on some fast breaks in the third quarter, and the short handed Magic could not catch the Sonic, but once again displayed great team play!
SUN 34 BLAZERS 28
The Blazers faced an undefeated Sun team and despite a spirited effort could not come away with the upset. Defense was the theme in the 1st quarter with the Sun holding a slim 4-2 lead. Caitlin Carroll, Teagan Trant, Madison Wescott led the defensive effort with a combined 10 rebounds in the quarter. Ariana Nicosia also played strong man-to-man defense in the box-and-one. In the 2nd the Blazer offense continued to struggle while the Sun were able to slowly build their lead. In the 2nd half the Sun were able to extend the differential to 10 points (24-14). The Blazers however ramped up the energy about midway through the 3rd. Kacie Ellegood was impressive executing the press and was able to score 6 points in the quarter with passes from Wescott. Carroll added two points and the lead was trimmed to 7 points going into the 4th. Then Emily Velozo took charge. Pressing the entire quarter created several transition opportunities and were able to outscore the Sun 12-2 to tie the game at 26 apiece with about 3 minutes to go in the game. However the Sun shone brighter down the stretch and were able to come away with the 6-point victory. Scoring for the Blazers were Velozo with 11 (9 in the 4th!), Ellegood with 6, Taylor Donahoe with 4, Nicosia with 3, and Carroll added 2. Carroll led with 10 rebounds followed with 8 by Donahoe and 6 by Trant. Wescott added 3 assists and Shauna Danehy had one. Lisa Devito led the team with three blocks.
JAZZ 29 SPURS 24
Week four continued to be the same story for the Spurs as we played very hard throughout the game and came up just a few points short, or in this weeks case a few players short. Due to the holiday season the Spurs were forced to play with a short bench of just six players and I have to say that I have not seen a better effort by a group of girls in basketball in many years. The defensive efforts of Carla Tenaglia, Ashley Figucia (2pts), Alyssa Mercurio (2pts) and Kendyl Spinelli (2pts) kept us in the game all day long as we played very tough man to man defense throughout the game before needing to settle into a zone defense late in the fourth quarter to give our girls a breather. The offense was led by Victoria Mirabito and Michelle Tenaglia with 8pts each. The player of the game this week is Michelle Tenaglia for both her offensive and defensive efforts as she was asked to play the full 4 quarters due to the short bench.