TGBL game summaries for December 29, 2012




 The Sparks quickly found themselves down by 4 points but came back to tie it up before the end of the half.  Strong defense with individual baskets from Nicole Stephens and Katherine Marquis capped off the first half.  Emma Fleming came very close to scoring her first basket of the season and had a fantastic pass assisting Nicole with her basket. Both Allie Indingaro and Julia Cafferty almost scored attempting shots from the perimeter.  Emily Carlin grabbed some crucial rebounds on both ends of the court while closing down the lane.  Sarah Molander and Rachel Staringi secured the low post preventing several easy baskets.  Unfortunately, Surabhi Keesara, Alexa Harrington, and Alyssa Boudreau were out of action this week. The Sparks were in this game from beginning to end but could not seem to get their shots to drop.  The Sparks continued to have an upbeat attitude and a willingness to play the game as a team.  



The Liberty played another great game today against a very quick Mercury team.  Rebecca DeFrancesco led the scoring, with Caitlyn Fiore and Leah Veloz also contributing.  Leah had a number of key rebounds and she and Rebecca led the team in blocked shots.  Ava Nickerson led the team in steals, and along with Faith Mazzipica, Caitlyn Fiore and Rena Ruggeiro, did a great job on defense at the top of the key.  Working hard down low were Amanda Moreira, Jamie Odams, Tory Sweeney and Abby Hayes—they all showed great hustle on defense.  Rena and Jamie had a couple of great shots that bounced in and out.  The whole Liberty team continues to improve.



 The Mystics lost a disappointing game this past week but are really looking forward to playing our next game to get this one behind us. We face a rematch against the Comets who we played to a double overtime victory just a couple of weeks ago. This Mystics team is really looking forward to 2013 as a new start and can't wait to get it going. Bring on the Comets!!




   The first half started with the Terriers playing great defense holding the Jayhawks to a few shots in the half. Alexis Hillis & Emily Milne were strong causing a couple of  loose balls for the Terriers to steal.  The offense got going when Jessica Potito , Abby Naugler  and Emily Langone scored points. With great ballmovement by Taylor Bellavia , Brooke Fullerton and Amanda Clarke the Terriers led at the half.

The second half started  with the same aggressive play.  The Terriers continued to push the ball down the court with confidence. Emily Langone was all over the court as she led the team with her tenacious play. The game got a little closer towards the end than the Terriers would of liked but with strong defense by Alexis Hillis , Amanda Clarke and Abby Naugler the game remained close. Jessica Potito and Emily Langone added a few more baskets in the half, but down the stretch Taylor Bellavia , Brooke Fullerton and Emily Milne all hit key baskets to lead the team to victory,

The Jayhawks lost a tough one against a strong Terriers’ team!  Our defense was at it's best today and the girls played some great ball!  Sofia Gouveia was a tiger at the top of the key with several steals and made some great attempts to get to the net.  Amber Buttaro and Jessica Caredeo helped keep the Jayhawks close each getting several defensive rebounds and steals.  The tenacious defense of Victoria Horton kept the Terriors on their toes as she would just not let up pressure.  Britney Bourassa and Emily Chmela did a fantastic job on both ends pressing the opponent and limiting their ball movement.  Michaela Svendsen and Caitlin Panessiti both stepped up their game, hustling under the net grabbing many rebounds and making solid passes up court to their teammates. Leading our offense was Emily Chmela with 8 points, 4 of them were clutch as in the fourth quarter the Jayhawks were clawing their way back.  Also on the scoreboard, Jessica Caredeo(2), Britney Bourassa(2),Amber Buttaro(2), Caitlin Panessiti(2) & Michaela Svendsen(2).  Defensive player goes to Caitlin Panessiti as she slowed the ball movement of the Terriers by pressuring the ball non stop and never let up!  She also has some great blocks that were key in the final minutes of the game! 



The Wildcats faced an extremely talented Waves team and were able to pull out a hard fought victory. The 1st half can be categorized by tough defense as both teams were having difficulty getting quality shots. The Wildcats got off 30 shots in the half but because of the great defense only 4 were able to find the net to take an 8-6 lead into the break. Highlights of the 1st half were the rebounds by Sarah Bishop and the steals by Isabella DeRoche.

In the 3rd, the Wildcats stepped up their defense even more to hold the Waves in check and 4 of the 5 players scored to stretch the lead to 16-6. The highlight of the quarter was a great pass by Allison Couillard to an open Emily Puccia who drained the basket. In the 4th the Wildcats continued their defensive effort to notch the win. The combined defense of Marissa Ladderbush and Kendall Donahoe on the Waves point guard was key to the victory. Elizabeth
Lam was seen all over the court contributing on both the offense (5 shots in the 2nd quarter) and defense. Stephanie Lemus was open on the block most of the day and if the Waves defense wasn’t so persistent could have gotten several scoring opportunities and she also added 2 steals on the day. Scoring for the Wildcats were Ladderbush with 8, Couillard, Katelyn Scorano, and DeRoche each with 4, and Puccia and Clarissa Chisholm with 2 apiece. Bishop and Donahoe led the teams in rebounds with 5 each and three other players had 4. DeRoche had an amazing 9 steals on the day and also added 3 blocks.



 The short handed Cougars played a tough Huskies team and kept the game really close until the fourth quarter when the limited amount of players ran out of gas. This Cougars team is improving every week and we expect great things in the new year. We look forward to a rematch with the Wolverines who we played tough just a few weeks ago. Good job girls, keep up the tough attitudes and good things will happen for us!




The Sonics earned their third win of the season by defeating the Wizards 38 to 22.  With only seven players in the line up the Sonics were able to move the ball around the court and get offensives production from the whole team.  Alexis Brincklow lead the scoring with 12 points.  Sam Powers had her best offensive game of the season with 8 points.  Natalie Veloz chipped in with 8 points and great defensive.  Alicia Moore had an outstanding 5 steals on defensive and 4 points during the game.  Haley Pozzuto had multiple assists during the game and ended up with 4 points.  Amy Glover was flying all over the court and also scored 2 points.  Sarah Ward was a rebounding machine during the game.  Great job to all the Sonic girls !



The Magic met the Suns in week 5, and although a lot of hustle from the Magic, they could not get ahead of the Suns. The Magic played from behind after a basket by the Suns on the opening tip, and they never caught up. Irene Houde did an amazing job on the boards pulling down a dozen rebounds. Ally Bourassa set some nice picks to create some offense. Ericka Whynot and Rachel Langone were the Magic offense for the day. Niamh Cote and Julia Noone played strong underneath the hoop. Nicole Petherbridge had some nice blocks, and helped out on the boards. But the Magic shots were not falling, and offensive rebounds were few, resulting in a loss. The Magic look to get back to their winning ways in 2013. 



The Blazers pulled out a tough victory to improve to 3-2 on the season. Their opponent played ferocious defense in the 1st to hold the Blazers scoreless except for two free throws by Teagan Trant that didn’t even touch the rim. The offense woke up a little in the 2nd but the Jazz continued to hold a 15-10 lead going into halftime. Then in the 3rd the Blazer defense came alive and denied all opportunities by the Waves to take a 19-15 lead going into the 4th. The final quarter saw a lot of back-and-forth action and it was a 2-point game with under a minute to play before Emily Velozo scored to ice the win. Scoring for the Blazers were Velozo with 10, Madison Wescott and Trant with 4 each, Ariana Nicosia, Caitlin Carroll, Lisa Devito, and Kacie Ellegood with 2 apiece and Taylor Donahoe added 1 point. Trant and Wescott were leading rebounders with 8 each and Nicosia added 6. Donahoe led the team with 5 steals and 6 blocked shots. Shauna Danehy was aggressive in the 3rd quarter on defense during the Blazer comeback with hard-fought rebounds and 2 steals.



This week for the Spurs it was all about transition basketball and the girls did a great job not only breaking the press but pushing the ball up the floor very quickly resulting in a greater number of offensive opportunities as opposed to prior weeks.  The ball movement and the way the girls spaced the floor lead to many open uncontested shots.  It is also very encouraging that we had seven girls score and when you get this type of distribution it makes it more difficult for the opponents to focus on one or two scorers.  Leading the scoring for the Spurs was Victoria Mirabito (10pts) followed by Michelle Tenaglia (6pts), Katy Dunleavy and Kendyl Spinelli (4pts each) then Alyssa Mercurio, Ashley Figucia and Gina Puccia all with 2pts.  The defense is also picking up as we are now capable of going to a man to man defense versus running the zone defense, as a result of the girls increased abilities on defense we were able to hold the Pacers to a low 21 point effort. The player of the game is Gina Puccia who made a clutch shot before half-time and played great defense throughout the game.




The sixth grade travel girls could not be stopped this week as they played against Malden and won 33-16.  Jessica Caredeo played with heart scoring ten points with countless assists.  Jessica Potito played outstanding defense against Malden’s best player while scoring sixteen points.  Grace Morris attacked the net with another six points.  Abby Naugler scored at the line and tore down rebounds to get the ball to the guards.  Maddy Berry came out of nowhere ripping down rebounds and shutting down the offense.   Becky Giles and Olivia Axson played outrageous defense to hold off Malden.  The girls worked together and played the best game of their season.


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