(Byfield) No surprises here even with a full moon.
Ipswich overwhelmed very inexperienced Triton, 62-40, on Monday night at Triton in Cape Ann League action.
Triton, now 2-6 overall and 0-2 in the Cape Ann League, has lost five straight. Four of those losses have been by twenty points or more. Beyond Jessica Canning (18 points) and Lauren Batter ton (9 points), this team is new to the varsity level of girls basketball.
Ipswich, 7-1 overall and 1-1 in the CAL, was a nightmare opponent for Triton having plenty of experienced players and motivation after a tough loss last game to Newburyport.
The Tigers crafted a seven-point run late in the first quarter into the start of the second quarter, and pulled away, 18-9. Free throws by Brigid O’Flynn and Masey Zegarowski (18 points) started the streak. A Julia Davis (12 points) layup (pass from Nyra Constant) and a Masey steal and layup finished it.
The Vikings found enough offense (several Jessica Canning baskets) to stay competitive (20-15) until 4:15 of the second quarter.
The rest of the half Ipswich played like the team that came in 6-1 and mixes an inside and outside offense as well as effective pressure defense. It all clicked for the Tigers for the rest of the half and they put up twenty unanswered points to run away, 40-15, at halftime.
During this strong run, Ipswich made 3’s (Masey Zegarowski & Nyra Constant), got Julia Davis going inside (2 baskets), and turned turnovers into layups down the other end. Impressive all-around display.
The second half was perfect for Ipswich coach Mandy Zegarowski because, with a big game ahead on Wednesday at home with Masconomet, she could rest the players who will be getting the long minutes versus the Chieftains.
It also worked well for Triton coach Karen Christian because her team could have some positive moments in the second half. One impressive Viking was Jessica Canning. She has a good outside shot.
2010-11 CAL All-Star Shannon McFayden took the opening tip in for an easy layup and never scored again in limited minutes. Her offense will be needed against Masco.
Triton travels to Lynnfield on Wednesday.
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