TGBL Travel - 8Blue wins River Valley League Div 4 TournamentUpdated Monday March 26, 2018 by Christina Svendsen.
Tewksbury 8Blue defeated Wilmington, Lowell and North Andover to win the RVL Division 4 tournament. In defeating Wilmington 44-8, the team jumped out to an early lead, bettering the opponents by 20 points at halftime. Scoring was about even, with Erica Hinkle, Nicole Potito, Jordan Gardner, Madison Kearney and Emma Hiltz all scoring 6 points. Lily Gigante, Ava Piccolo and Christina Wentworth all had 4 points. Ashley Demers scored 2 points while Maisan Nguyen led the team in steals.
8Blue then defeated Lowell 36-33 with a stand-out defensive performance by Nguyen (3pt). Nguyen's steals during the press led to a second-half run by 8Blue and Lowell would never recover. Kearney (5pt), Hiltz (3pt) and Demers dominated the back-court press, transitioning turnovers into team layups. Hinkle (5pt) and Potito (4pt) landed layups and rebounds for points. Allison Costello, Gigante and Gardner smartly intercepted Lowell poor passes during the press. Wentworth and Piccolo were great on offense, leading all scorers with 8points each.
The final game was a 36-31 win against North Andover. 8Blue again executed the full-court press perfectly and scored half their game points on free-throws. Centers Costello, Potito and Gardner played a tough game against larger NA forwards, and their strength in the key helped secure the Tewksbury win. Guards Nguyen (3pt), Demers (2pt) and Hiltz (2pt) continued to pour on the back-court pressure. Forwards Hinkle (6pt), Gigante (3pt) and Piccolo (3pt) found the holes in the NA defense. Wentworth (10pt) and Kearney (7pt) combined shot 80% from the foul line in the second half to ice the Division 4 win for Tewksbury.
Picture: Tewksbury 8Blue L-R Front: Emma Hiltz, Madison Kearney, Ashley Demers, Christina Wentworth, Erica Hinkle. Back: Head Coach Lisa Hinkle, Allison Costello, Ava Piccolo, Nicole Potito, Jordan Gardner, Maisan Nguyen, Lily Gigante, Asst. Coach Marc Gigante.