Mystics Get The Better Of The Starzz, 11-7

Monarchs clips the Sparks in a thriller.

(Editor's note: The following information was submitted by the coaches and the administrators of the TGBL.)



The Mighty Mystics played a rematch game from week 1 and were able to even the score by beating a very tough Starzz team. They came out with great determination and focus and led the whole game. This was a defensive battle for both teams and I have a feeling we will be seeing them again in the upcoming tournament. The Mystics have been playing great defense but more importantly they take pride in not allowing any inside points at all. Now we turn the page and look ahead to another rematch against the Comets. We played them way back in week 2 and that was the Mystics last loss. We are a much improved team and look to once again set the record straight. This is the game of the week because it is battle for first place. We are confident and ready, bring it on!!


The Comets played the Storm in a rematch of the first game of the season. The storm came out strong in the first quarter taking a 4 to 0 lead behind some good shooting by the Storm. The Comets came out strong in the second quarter to quickly erase the deficit, holding the Storm scoreless and scoring 14 to take a 10 point lead at the half. The third quarter was played even with both teams scoring 4 points, but the Comets came out strong in the fourth to put the game out of reach out scoring the Storm by 7. Once again the Comets had multiple players making it into the scoring column. The scoring was lead by Erin Gallella, 14 pts, Lizzie Gallella had 8 pts, Leanne Durham had 3 pts, and Shannon Crowley and Morgan Woodman each had 2 pts. Madison Bourassa continues to improve on defense, pressuring the ball and not allowing the offense to set up in our end. Kiley Tibbetts had a great game rebounding the ball. Rachel Conway and Bridget Burgoyne continue to play great on both ends of the floor in all aspects of the game, rebounding, passing, dribbling or playing defense.


After 28 minutes including 2 overtime runs, the Sparks fell short to the Monarchs in one of the most competitive and exciting games of the season. The Sparks scoring was led by Kerry Shea (5) followed by Briana Walker (4) and Julia Cafferty, Abigail Naugler, and Julia Giaimo each scoring 2 points. This was Julia Giaimo’s first basket of the season. As was the case in the last couple of weeks, each girl on the team attempted a shot. The Sparks battled the Monarchs up until the end of regulation with Kerry Shea scoring on a free throw to send us into overtime. The teams each scored a basket in the first overtime, but the Monarchs ended our winning streak with a final basket in the second overtime. Our defense was led by Julia Giaimo, who was instrumental in a couple of steals. Both Surabhi Keesara and Alison Pellegrino held their own down low not letting much get by them. Sarah Molander showed great defense in the guard position often stopping the flow of the ball. Our defensive player of the game was Julia Giaimo.


A fun game to watch excellent play by both teams. Emily Puccia led the Mercury scoring with 4 points and Silvia Sordillo and Bianca Bongiorno helped out with 2 points each. Angelina Carew played outstanding defense while Maddy Berry, Jane Kirby and amber Kelly worked hard for the rebounds. Olivia Delonias, Kristina Johnson and Becky Giles hustled on the offensive end and kept good ball movement finding the open girl. All round excellent team effort by all Mercury girls giving 110% all game.


The Liberty played their usual aggressive defense but it wasn’t enough to stop the quick Rockers team. Halle Carciofi, Caitlyn Fiore, Julia Garland and Madi Sjostedt continue to do a great job at the guard positions on defense, putting pressure on the ball handlers to cause turnovers. Alexis Hillis and Rena Ruggiero continue to work hard down low to grab key rebounds, and Hailey Bedley and Kendra Waugh put themselves in the way of some Rocker passes to give the Liberty control. Faith Mazzipica and Rebecca DeFrancesco showed their usual hustle on both ends of the court. Offensively, the Liberty continues to improve in the quality of shots taken. Rena and Halle got some great shots off of offensive rebounds but they just wouldn’t fall. Rebecca and Madi are showing more confidence in their inside game, driving in for layups. Both of them drew fouls and each sank one of their two free throws to give the Liberty their only points of the game.



The Cougars played a very tough and talented Terriers team and came up short. They couldn't get anything going against them until the 4th quarter when it was way too late. Now we look to turn the page and get this team playing in high gear once again. The Cougars have been an inconsistent team this year with some huge wins but also some tough losses. It's almost Tourney time now so the time has come to find that consistency we're after.


The Huskies played a strong Wolverines team and were in it until the very end. The Huskies were led in scoring by Lisa DeVito, Victoria Mirabito, Andrea DeFina, Emily Amaral and Lily Wyatt. The Huskies Fought hard to get rebounds against a strong Wolverines team. Madison Bugley, Stefanie Cunningham and Kiley barrett played great defense down low. Sarah Sullivan and Kayla Marshall played strong defense against the Wolverine guards. Defensive player of the game was Andrea DeFina

Nicole Lucia had to leave the game with a twisted ankle and will hopefully be back next week. 


The Jayhawks played their finest game of the season with heads up passing and solid defense against the well rounded Eagles. All of the girls dug in deep and kept control of the game stopping passes, blocking shots and putting up shot after shot. It was in the last quarter when the Eagles broke away and we just couldn't recover. The Jayhawks may not have walked away with the win, but they all left with their heads held high! Leading our offense was Michaela Svendsen(10), Tayla Spezzano(4), Caitlin Panessiti(2), Emily Burns(2). Britney Bourassa, Victoria Horton, Meghan Graszyk and Chelsea Pellegrino took charge while pushing the ball up the court through the Eagles defense. Olivia Powers made key rebounds for the team and blocked many shots under the net. Defensive player of the game goes to Emily Saunders for her relentless pressure on the ball and clawing her way through some tough plays!


The Magic came out to a slow start, which would cause them a problems later in the game. The first quarter ended in a 4-4 tie. The second quarter was a little better for the Magic as they were able to get a bit more of a rhythm going, and get a small lead. The third quarter was fast paced, with good play on both ends of the court. Meaghan Braciska had a great game leading the team, with both her strong defense and break away offense. In the 4th quarter, the Magic got into foul trouble on some great defensive play by Nicole Petherbridge. Heather Doyle used her speed, scored with some great outside shooting. Sarah Ward, Sarah Baptista, Ashley Figucia, and Michelle Creedon played some strong defense. The Magic watched their lead shrink to one point with some frenzied Sonics play, but were able to hold off the Sonics with some last second effort from Cassie Froio and Rachel Langone. A great team win for the Magic.


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