Fast start propels Governor’s Academy past St. George’s 53-36

Katie Barrand hits one of three early 3-point shots by the Govs

Katie Barrand hits one of three early 3-point shots by the Govs

Courtney Cashman (14 points) led all scorers

Courtney Cashman (14 points) led all scorers

(Byfield MA)  Governor’s Academy overwhelmed St. George’s in the first six minutes and the visitors from Middletown (RI) never recovered losing, 53-36, on Thursday night in an Independent School League game.

The Gov’s (6-5) totaled five 3’s in the entire game but three of them, by Carli Citrano, Courtney Cashman, and Katie Barrand, were made in the first 3+ minutes.

So by the time the Dragons (6-6) put a point on the board (Meggie O’Connor free throw) the home team already had nine points.

GA’s Jackie Ham followed with an old-fashioned three-point play and Courtney Cashman added a layup.  Those scores put the Gov’s ahead, 14-1, in the first six minutes.

The Dragons had five turnovers in the early going.

Carli Citrano (13 points) looks for an opening

Carli Citrano (13 points) looks for an opening

Sophomore Courtney Cashman (14 points) drilled a halftime, buzzer-beating trey that started GA on another nine-point run.  Courtney later started the second half with a layup and junior Carli Citrano (13 points) connected twice from in close.  Out of that surge the Gov’s led, 39-18, two minutes into the second half.

I anticipated that things would get worse but instead, led by sophomore Logan Amaral (10 points), St. George’s chopped eleven points off the GA lead in the next eight minutes.  A layup by junior captain Lane Davis had the Dragons within ten (43-33) with 5:46 to play.

However, the visitor’s hopes of getting closer were quickly squelched as Carli Citrano drained a very long three and Kendall Ham followed with two free throws.  Back went the lead to fifteen points and St. George’s couldn’t recover the rest of the way.

Sophomore Logan Amaral (10 points) shoots a jump shot

Sophomore Logan Amaral (10 points) shoots a jump shot

Plenty of time for the reserves of both teams in the last 2+ minutes.

Neither team was particularly good at the free throw line.  GA was 6-for-14 while SG was 10-for-23.  Some of the misses were on the front end of one-and-one’s.

The Gov’s defeated St. George’s twice last season.  The second time was in the quarterfinals of the New England Championships.

It seemed strange not to see Kat Fogarty on the floor for GA.  Kat is now at Division 1 Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.  Kat’s new team is now 13-5.  Kat is averaging sixteen minutes per game for the Red Foxes.  She averaged twenty points and twelve rebounds at Governor’s.

No doubt St. George’s wasn’t missing Kat Fogarty.  Kat had thirty rebounds in the Gov’s 51-48 win exactly a year ago in Rhode Island.

The Gov’s were 19-6 last year while St. George’s was 10-9.

Both teams are in Class B of NEPSAC.

This game was originally scheduled for Wednesday but the snow in southern New England forced the postponement.

Governor’s Academy box

St. George’s box

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Logan Amaral eyes the hoop

Logan Amaral eyes the hoop

Lane Davis gets two

Lane Davis gets two

Meggie OConnor looks to pass while Kendall Ham defends

Meggie OConnor looks to pass while Kendall Ham defends

Sterling Etheridge and Aya Nagai

Sterling Etheridge and Aya Nagai

Kendall Ham tries to save

Kendall Ham tries to save

looking for a rebound

looking for a rebound

Jackie Ham (#2) gets to the basket

Jackie Ham (#2) gets to the basket

loose ball

loose ball

coaches Erin OConnell and Katie Titus

coaches Erin OConnell and Katie Titus

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