Weeks 7 & 8 Game SummariesUpdated Wednesday January 23, 2019 by Bob Hinkle.
TGBL Game Summaries – 1/12/19
Wolverines: 32 vs. Eagles: 29
The Wolverines played another TEAM driven game this past Saturday vs. the Eagles. The game started very well matched, with baskets being scored by each side evenly. Our first five were led by Emily Picher, Molly MacDonald, Makayla Stovesand, Jordyn St Cyr, and Ella MacAllister. These five worked hard together in a strong zone defense, ensuring the middle was closed off for the Eagles very strong and very tall players. We had key baskets this quarter from Emily, Molly and Ella. The first half we had some great defensive help from Sofia Pescatore who continues to show teams she means business when you’re trying to get the ball past her. The same is said for Morgan Crowley, who was instrumental with her strong and aggressive play this game. She caused many jump balls, confused the Eagles ball handlers enough to get turnovers called our way. This half we added one point from Tia Smith from the stripe to stay close through half time down 14-12. For the second half the scoring really came alive for our squad. Alex Civitarese showed her continued dominance under the hoop with great offensive and defensive rebounds. The offense in the third quarter was led solely by Emily Picher who scored ALL 8 points for the team. We were still down a basket going into the fourth quarter. Tia Smith lead the charge along with Alex Civitarese to keep us in it and to tie the game, causing an overtime quarter. For that final 2 minutes of play we went with Makayla Stovesand, Emily Picher, Tia Smith, Molly MacDonald, and Ella MacAllister. The game was won by our girls staying focused on the game, controlling their ball handling, and limiting fouls. The team fought back and ended up squeaking by the strong Eagles squad. The scoring was led by Emily Picher with 15 points, Tia Smith with 7 points, Molly MacDonald with 6 points, Alex Civitarese with two from the line and EXTREME pressure points in that fourth quarter, and finally Ella MacAllister with a basket. Onto this week and more exciting team basketball.
Week 6 had the Short-Handed Eagles taking on the Wolverines. The Eagles playing with only 8 players battled back from a 10-2 deficit after one quarter to take a lead at the half 14-12. The Eagles maintained the lead by 2 22-20 after 3 quarters but the Wolverines came back to tie the game at 28 and force overtime. The Eagles were unable to stop the Wolverines as they were outscored 4-1 in overtime and lost 32-29. Dakota Malizia led the Eagles in scoring with 12 points and strong rebounding. Also contributing to the scoring was Whitney Gigante (9 points), Paige Crowley (4 points), Claudia Melo (2 points), and Kimsan Nguyen (2 points). Alanna Paquin, Chloe Burns, and Autumn Gallant provided strong support on the defensive end and pulling down rebounds while also being asked to play extra due to the short bench for the game. Paige, Claudia, and Kimsan provided excellent press defense to keep the Wolverines from getting a rhythm on the offense. Whitney and Dakota provided strong interior defenses to not allow the Wolverines to have a presence in the paint. Great team effort as the Eagles continue to grow in their basketball skills and keeping the games close!
Sonics: 37 vs. Jazz: 36 (1/5/19 game)
The Sonics and Jazz were evenly matched this week. Sonics guards Katrina MacDonald (11pts) and Madison Kearney (8pt) led fast breaks off of steals. Ava Piccolo (3pt) and Erica Hinkle pulled down many defensive rebounds. Isabella DeMatos (4pt) fiercely drove the lane for scoring opportunities. Juliana Ricci and Christina Wentworth (4pt) were great at gaining control of the ball during turnovers. Brooklyn DeGrechie played smart defense in the key to stop a late Jazz run. Victoria Lavargna (7pt) helped prevent a turnover late in the game, while MacDonald landed the game-winning shot to secure the Sonics win.
Throughout the Jazz vs. Sonics game, the Jazz had their work cut out for them. Although the Jazz lost 37-36, everyone equally contributed. Aliana Kennen was our leading scorer with 14 points, Courtney Capachietti had 8 points and Victoria Catazano had 7 points. Kyla McGilvery, Emily Tryder, Kiley McFadden and Jaylee Howard were key players on defense as well as offense and were exactly where they needed to be.
Sonics: 28 vs. Blazers: 19
Defense and teamwork were the key to this week’s Sonics win. Madison Kearney (2pt) and Katrina MacDonald (6pt) constantly challenged the Blazer offense. Erica Hinkle (2pt) and Juliana Ricci’s defense prevented passes from entering the key. Isabella DeMatos and Noelia Cura had great steals from anticipating offensive moves. Christina Wentworth (4pt) and Brooklyn DeGrechie (2pt) moved the ball well to help teammates score. Ava Piccolo (6pt) took advantage of her height in the lane and Victoria Lavargna (6pt) went 4-for-4 from the foul line in the 4th quarter to help the Sonics take home the win.
The Blazers five game winning streak came to an end losing to the Sonics, 28 to 19. The Blazers came out flat in the second half after a close first half of play. Ashley Demers lead the Blazers in scoring with six (6) points, followed by Alyssa Gray and Maddy Montejo with four (4) each. Sam Ryan and Sam Perkins both scored two (2) each, followed by Rachel Picher with one (1). Maisan Nguyen, Lily Gigante, and Rebecca Langone all contributed on defensive side. Brooke Bunyan was missing.
TGBL Game Summaries – 1/19/19
Suns: 30 vs. Jazz: 30
The Suns defeated the Jazz 39 to 30 on Saturday. After getting out to a slow start, they turned up the heat and eventually pulled away winning by 9. Emma Nowell did a good job of setting picks to free up many of the girls. Sophia Brown did another great job defensively at the guard position. Their scoring came from Madison Stovesand 11, Maeve Cahill 10, Kiley Kennedy 9, Riley Veits 4, Jennie Lester and Ally Ragusa with 2 each and Darya Mehrabani 1. Hopefully they can string together a win or two starting next Saturday.
Sonics: 35 vs. Suns: 23
The Sonics rallied in the 2nd quarter and held off a second half Suns run to come away with a win. For a second week in a row, Juliana Ricci was a defensive cornerstone for the team in all 3 quarters she played. Brooklyn DeGrechie (2pt) and Bella DeMatos also put in extra time and were key in securing rebounds on both ends of the court. Ava Piccolo (4pt) and Erica Hinkle made sure to box out the tall Suns opponents in the middle of the key. Christina Wentworth (6pt) contributed at both the forward and the guard positions with great jumpshots. Katrina Macdonald (10pts) helped keep the Sonics with 4 baskets in the 3rd quarter and by feeding her teammates on fast breaks. High scorer Victoria Lavargna (13pts) downed 2 3-pointers during the Sonics 2nd quarter rally and used smart passes from Macdonald in the 4th quarter to seal the win.
Blazers: 47 vs. Jazz: 18
The Blazers defeated the Jazz, 47 to 18. Sam Ryan led the scoring with fifteen (15). Maddy Montejo followed with ten (10), Sam Perkins added eight (8). Lily Gigante and Rachel Picher each had four (4). Brooke Bunyan, Ashley Demers and Rebecca Langone contributed (2) each. Alyssa Gray and Maisan Nguyen contributed on the defensive side.
Badgers: 34 vs. Eagles: 27
We saw another great game between the Badgers and Eagles with lead swapping 1st half. Through the 3rd quarter you saw the Eagles taking a 8 point league going into the final quarter. 4th quarter, the Badgers came out with some great pressure defense and very strong offense scoring 17 of their 34 points and holding the Eagles to 2 points, giving the Badgers their 3rd win of the season! Badgers Box Score: Haleigh Doiron (12 pts.), Brooke Khourie (7 pts.), Krissy MacDonald (5 pts.), Jamielynn Walker (4 pts.), Avery Della Piana (3 pts.), Jamielynn Walker (4 pts.) Julia Moura (2 pts.) and Adrianna Damiano (1 pts.)
Week 6 had the Eagles taking on the Badgers. This was a back and forth game with the Eagles leading after the first and third quarters but the Badgers taking the lead in the 2nd and ultimately the end of the game. The Eagles lost 34-27. Paige Crowley and Dakota Malizia led the Eagles in scoring with 8 points each. Also contributing to the scoring was Whitney Gigante (7 points), Kimsan Nguyen (2 points), and Chloe Burns (2 points). Alanna Paquin, Claudia Melo, Aisline Davis and Autumn Gallant provided strong support on the defensive end.
Wolverines: 22 vs. Jayhawks: 26
Another great week of practice lead the Wolverines to feel prepared and ready to handle the tough undefeated Green Machine Jayhawks. Our squad was missing our two standout defensive weapons of Sofia Pescatore and Alex Civitarese this week, so coaches Jess and Christine made some switches on our line ups. We started out with guards Tia Smith and Morgan Crowley handling inbound and ball handling for quarter 1. They were joined by Jordyn St. Cyr, Molly MacDonald, and Ella MacAllister. We got some key offense this quarter from Tia who had 7 points and Molly Macdonald with 4 to stay ahead of the Jayhawks scoring. Jordyn St. Cyr and Ella MacAllister were key with great defense, rebounds, and boxing out to ensure we were successful scoring. Our second quarter we had Emily Picher, Makayla Stovesand, Juliana Leffler, Ella, and Jordyn back out there. Again, the offense was coming with a great three-point shot from Emily, and Ella stepping up and scoring from some awesome passes from Juliana to give us the edge into half time. Quarter three the offense was quiet for our Wolverines, but we did our best to stay in it, with key defensive plays from the entire team. Emma Lanziero came off the bench to help her team out in the middle. She had some key stops with her defensive blocks, and as well added key rebounds both defensively and offensively. We made a run at it in Q 4, when Emily Picher was able to draw fouls and head to the line for free throws. She connected there on 3 out of four shooting. Overall the team worked hard shorthanded and gave the game their all. As coaches we are so very proud of their efforts each and every week. To round out the scoring we had Tia Smith scoring 8 points, Emily Picher with 6 points, Ella MacAllister with 4 points, and Molly MacDonald also with 4 points.