Monthly Archives: December 2015

Seventeen point run earns Wilton 69-53 win over Kolbe Cathedral in tourney title game

Jack Williams (21 points) gets two during Wilton's second-half, seventeen-point run.

Jack Williams (21 points) gets two during Wilton’s second-half, seventeen-point run.

Wilton (2015 Wounded Warriors Tournament champions)

Wilton (2015 Wounded Warriors Tournament champions)

Victor Billups (19 points) sees an opening

Victor Billups (19 points) sees an opening

(Newtown CT) Wilton put a remarkable 4+ minutes stretch of basketball together in the second half and defeated Kolbe Cathedral, 69-53, on Wednesday night.

The victory gave the Warriors (3-1) the Wounded Warrior Tournament title for the second straight year.

The Wilton trio of Matt Kronenberg (19 points/8 rebounds), Jack Williams (21 points/5 steals), and Drew Connolly (18 points/5 assists) had extremely productive nights for the winners.

The Cougars (1-3) had an eight-point lead (38-29) two minutes into the second half and looked to be in control. They pressed. They ran and, most important, took the ball to the basket. The size and quickness of the team from Bridgeport was noticeable.

The Wilton defense toughened in the second half

The Wilton defense toughened in the second half

But over the next four third-quarter minutes Wilton made shots, extended their trapping zone, and kept KC away from lanes to the basket.

Kolbe, however, still had a five-point lead (40-35) after Victor Billups rebound basket and the teams were tied at 43-43 after the Cougar’s Tahj Brown drained a three-pointer with 2:18 to go in the third quarter.

But the next 4:45, extending into the 4th quarter, were all Wilton as they put a streak of seventeen unanswered points together and overwhelmed Kolbe Cathedral on both ends of the court. The Warriors highlight-reel stretch put them safely ahead 60-43 with 5 ½ minutes left.

Wilton jumped off to a 9-0 lead at the start before the Cougars closed the quarter on a 12-2 run. Marvens Francois (13 points) and Victor Billups (19 points) paced KC during the comeback.

Drew Connolly (18 points) tries to pass out of a Kolbe Cathedral trap

Drew Connolly (18 points) tries to pass out of a Kolbe Cathedral trap

When either team was on their game their trapping was very effective. Dribbling into any corner was inviting disaster.

Jack Williams, Matt Kronenberg, and Marvens Francois were selected to the All-Tourney team.

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Matt Kronenberg (19 points) defended by Charles Mitchell

Matt Kronenberg (19 points) defended by Charles Mitchell

Taking a charge.

Taking a charge.

Jack Wood defends Amari Courtney

Jack Wood defends Amari Courtney

Battle in close

Battle in close

Mine!

Mine!

Marvens Francois

Marvens Francois

Jack Williams tries to get past Anthony Senior

Jack Williams tries to get past Anthony Senior

Game on!

Game on!

Jack Williams (21 points) in for two of them

Jack Williams (21 points) in for two of them

Drew Connolly

Drew Connolly

Looking for a rebound.

Looking for a rebound.

Late-game work on Matt Kronenberg's knee

Late-game work on Matt Kronenberg’s knee

 

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Record-setting delayed but Palisades gets 44-23 tourney win over William Tennent

Palisades (2015 William Tennent - Holiday Classic champions

Palisades  – 2015 William Tennent Holiday Classic champions

Karlee Krchnavi (14 points) shoots from long range

Karlee Krchnavi (14 points) shoots from long range

(Warminster PA) Karlee Krchnavi did not set the Palisades scoring record (she needed twenty-one points) but everything else went nicely for the Pirates (7-2) as they easily defeated William Tennent, 43-22, on Tuesday night.

The victory, in the championship game of the William Tennent Holiday Classic, came about for Palisades thanks in large part to a tight man-to-man defense. The host team spent a night with infrequent inside opportunities and very few second chances.

Karlee and teammate Kayla Reed topped all scorers with fourteen points each. Karlee now needs seven more to become the Pirates all-time scoring leader.

To say that the Panthers (5-5) struggled to get points is to put it mildly. Being on its home court didn’t help a bit as WT suffered through a one-point first quarter and a two-point third quarter. Not many games are won at that pace!

The Panthers were geared up defensively to keep six-foot Karlee from getting uncontested entry passes using an assortment of zone defenses. However, the Pirates most of the time resisted forcing passes in closer instead opted for high-percentage openings. Overplaying Karlee provided some juicy opportunities for Kayla Reed and Katie King that turned into layups.

Palisades ran nine straight points in the first four minutes before the Panthers’ Braylin Dougherty made a free throw. The last four minutes of the first quarter were all Pirates as they put ten unanswered points together to grab a 19-1 lead.

Karlee drained a three in the breakaway quarter while junior Alexa Parks had a nifty under-and-up layup.

Kelly Scipione drives on Katie King

Kelly Scipione drives on Katie King

The visitors from Kintnerville increased their advantage to 31-9 at halftime despite a three by the Panthers’ Kelly Scipione.

A year ago to the day, in the Quakertown Holiday Tournament, Palisades had a nice halftime lead only to have WT roar back with a 47-point second half to win going away 66-52. I wondered at halftime if maybe the Panthers might have some sort of comeback up their collective sleeves.

William Tennent did win the second half, 13-12, but the third quarter was a disaster. The Panthers were shut out for 6 ½ minutes, during which they committed six turnovers, and their deficit became thirty (39-9). A layup by freshman Jenna Rodebaugh provided WT’s only points.

One benefit of the large point spread was that everyone in uniform saw plenty of action. Karlee, in particular, did a lot of watching. Obviously, if PHS coach Brad Huebner wanted Karlee to break the scoring record at William Tennent it could have happened. Now that record-breaking event is orchestrated for the Pirates next game which is at home.

In the game versus WT a year ago Karlee had thirty-one points. On that difficult evening her teammates struggled to score and get back on defense against a fast-paced Panthers’ playing style.

Sophomore Kayla Reed (#11) added fourteen points for the Pirates

Sophomore Kayla Reed (#11) added fourteen points for the Pirates

This time around Karlee struggled from the outside but her teammates made up the difference on both ends of the court.

William Tennent may have been capable of pressing well but frigid shooting kept them from being able to get into any sort of turnover-causing, full-court pressure.

Palisades box

William Tennent box

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Karlee Krchnavi is seven points away from being Palisades all-time top scorer

Karlee Krchnavi is seven points away from being Palisades all-time top scorer

Alex Parks and Karlee Krchnavi get championship trophy

Alex Parks and Karlee Krchnavi get championship trophy

Katie King (#10) looks to pass

Katie King (#10) looks to pass

Karlee Krchnavi (#20) putback

Karlee Krchnavi (#20) putback

Karlee Krchnavi tussles with Braylin Dougherty

Karlee Krchnavi tussles with Braylin Dougherty

Sarah Richie makes all-tourney team

Sarah Richie makes all-tourney team

Alexa Parks defends

Alexa Parks defends

Game on!

Game on!

Alexa Parks goes under-and-up

Alexa Parks goes under-and-up

Katie King goes baseline

Katie King goes baseline

Katie King (#10) floats up two in the lane

Katie King (#10) floats up two in the lane

Claire Olmstead (#15) intercepts a Panthers' pass

Claire Olmstead (#15) intercepts a Panthers’ pass

Freshman Kaitlyn Cavallaro

Freshman Kaitlyn Cavallaro

 

 

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Nico Laveris (34 points) gets Stamford past Newtown 70-64 in overtime

Nico Laveris (34 points) hit five three-pointers

Nico Laveris (34 points) hit five three-pointers including this one from the corner.

Nico Laveris collected twelve points after getting his 4th foul early in the final quarter

Nico Laveris collected twelve points after getting his 4th foul early in the final quarter

(Newtown CT) It made perfect sense to use a triangle-and-two defense to try and stop Stamford guards Jay Devito and Yan Carlos Marte.

Why? The twosome had combined for forty-three points in the Black Knights’ opener against New Milford.

But while Newtown quieted Jay and Yan Carlos to just sixteen points between them, their teammate Nico Laveris lit up the Hawks for 34 points and was truly the key to Stamford’s 70-64 overtime win on Wednesday night.

Nico picked up his 4th foul early in the final quarter but strategic substituting by SHS coach Danny Melzer kept him out of the defensive end as much as possible. Good thing because this kept Nico available to score seven of Stamford’s last eight points in regulation, including a jump shot with forty seconds left to get the Black Knights into overtime.

The Hawks’ Nick Weiland had two glittering chances in the final forty seconds to cash the winner but not on this night. Nick’s second attempt was a half-court drive after a turnover in the final seconds that somehow Jay Devito and Nico Laveris avoided committing a foul on.

In the four-minute OT Nico set the tone on Stamford’s first possession draining a three and the Black Knight’s never trailed after that.

Dillon Palumbo (16 points) shoots from the corner.

Dillon Palumbo (16 points) shoots from the corner.

Newtown (0-2) got within one (65-64) but Dillon Palumbo missed the tying free throw attempt with thirty-six seconds left. The visitors made five-of-six free throws the rest of the way while Newtown had turnovers on both of their possessions.

This was one of those games in which you figured if you waited long enough the team that was trailing would soon catch up. There were plenty of ties and lead changes.

This was the home opener for the Hawks. Newtown, 14-8 last season, has had to replace all five starters.

Jay Devito had eleven rebounds to go with his thirteen points.

Dillon Palumbo (16), Nevin Zink (15), and Sam Duffy (14) had double figures for the home team.

Tevin St. John (12) reached double figures for Stamford.

Junior Sam Grossano fouled out early in the 4th quarter for Newtown.

Stamford (2-0) had a six-point lead (39-33) in the third quarter with 4 ½ minutes left but Newtown went on a 10-2 run over the next three minutes to pull ahead 43-41. Dillon Palumbo had six points in that segment including a 3-pointer.

Jay Devito (13 points) hit five of six free throw attempts in overtime.

Jay Devito (13 points) hit five of six free throw attempts in overtime.

Both teams were miserable at the charity stripe. Newtown: 14-for-25. Stamford: 21-for-37. Key to the win other than Nico? Stamford made 8 of 10 free throws in overtime.

Stamford, though undersized, played man-to-man throughout the game.

Next game for Newtown is hosting Kolbe Cathedral on December 28th.

Stamford visits Joel Barlow on the same day.

Newtown box

Stamford box

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Joe Duero

Joe Duero

Nick Weiland tries to get around Yan Carlos Marte

Nick Weiland tries to get around Yan Carlos Marte

Evan Eggleston attacks the rim

Evan Eggleston attacks the rim

Nevin Zink (15 points) in for two

Nevin Zink (15 points) in for two

Tevin St. John and Sam Duffy - charge or block

Tevin St. John and Sam Duffy – charge or block

Stamford pressures Tom Cotton

Stamford pressures Tom Cotton

Yan Carlos Marte

Yan Carlos Marte

Jay Devito had a double/double

Jay Devito had a double/double

game on

game on

Nick Weiland's last-second shot in regulation

Nick Weiland’s last-second shot in regulation

Stamford coach Danny Melzer

Stamford coach Danny Melzer

Dillon Palumbo tries for a block on Steffan Harding

Dillon Palumbo tries for a block on Steffan Harding

Plenty of Hawks on defense

Plenty of Hawks on defense

 

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Cold shooting Georgetown falls to Amesbury 47-35

Abbie Sartori (16 points) had a big night on offense and defense for Amesbury

Abbie Sartori (16 points) had a big night on offense and defense for Amesbury

Rory Donoghue tries to get by Zoe Fitzgerald

Rory Donoghue tries to get by Zoe Fitzgerald

(Amesbury MA) Amesbury started in a zone and stayed in a zone defeating Georgetown, 47-35, on Monday night in Cape Ann League play.

If you want to get a team out of a zone, you hit from the outside. The visiting Royals (2-2) only connected from long-range three times and that was not nearly enough to discourage the packed-in Indians (2-1).

Amesbury never trailed and when they put a 16-4 run together an anybody’s game (6-5) got out of reach (22-9) one minute into the second half.

G’Town’s missed three-pointers created long rebounds and Amesbury led by Maddie Napoli were quick to race ahead for layups.

Abbie Sartori (16 points) led all scorers. The AHS junior was on the payoff end of several of the Indians breakaways.

It was a long night for the Royals. The Amesbury zone keyed the passing lanes and harassed Georgetown’s outside shooters. It also seemed that every G’Town possession in close drew at least two defenders.

Hailey Bonia defended by Julia LaMontagne

Hailey Bonia defended by Julia LaMontagne

A telling stat was sixteen Georgetown turnovers in just the first half. Combine cold outside shooting with miscues trying to get inside looks and you can understand the Royals getting only nine points in the first half and behind by eleven.

The Indians had a much better time against the zone used by G’Town. They were able to get the ball into open looks in the corners. There were also some terrific feeds from the corners into Megan Reid (9 points) cutting down the lane.

The Royals closed to within nine points (30-21) after senior Cayla Durkee hit two free throws with three minutes left in the third quarter. But Amesbury answered with a run of seven straight to gain significant separation (37-21). Scorers for the Indians in this segment were Zoe Fitzgerald, Julia LaMontagne, and Abbie Sartori.

Next for Amesbury will be Ipswich at home (6:30PM) on Wednesday.

Next for Georgetown is Hamilton-Wenham at home (6:30PM) on the same night.

Georgetown wanted to full-court press but couldn’t put enough good offense together to get into it.

Maya Spence pursued by Abbie Sartori

Maya Spence pursued by Abbie Sartori

Amesbury, 8-12 in 2014-15, looks ready to do better than that this season.

Hamilton-Wenham defeated Amesbury 57-53 three days ago by forcing twenty Amesbury turnovers and making eleven three’s. The Indians may have had twenty turnovers versus Georgetown but they weren’t stung from long range.

Good work by the Amesbury student section. Looked to me as if a number of the members of the boys basketball team were on hand. Nice to see that kind of support.

Amesbury boxscore

Georgetown boxscore

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Abbie Sartori

Abbie Sartori

Cayla Durkee

Cayla Durkee

Amesbury student section in synch

Amesbury student section in synch

Maeve McNeill, Megan Reid, and Hailey Bonia battle

Maeve McNeill, Megan Reid, and Hailey Bonia battle

Julie LaMontagne (#10) gets off a shot inside

Julie LaMontagne (#10) gets off a shot inside

game on!

game on!

Flanner O'Connor runs into some Rory Donoghue defense

Flanner O’Connor runs into some Rory Donoghue defense

Megan Reid defended by Cayla Durkee

Megan Reid defended by Cayla Durkee

Maddie Napoli swings down the lane

Maddie Napoli swings down the lane

Freshman Flannery O'Connor gets to the rim

Freshman Flannery O’Connor gets to the rim

 

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Pentucket wins Cape Ann League opener in OT 55-52 over Newburyport

Dan Baribeault gets off the possible game-winner at the end of regulation

Dan Baribeault gets off the possible game-winner at the end of regulation

Nate McGrail (21 points) drives to the basket

Nate McGrail (21 points) drives to the basket

(Newburyport) Trust me, Pentucket didn’t win this one at the free throw line!

The Sachems (1-0) missed twenty of twenty-nine free throws yet still managed to get by Newburyport, 55-52, in overtime on Tuesday night.

This game started the Cape Ann League schedule for both teams.

Newburyport (0-1) looked close to victory in the final quarter after senior Dan Baribeault put five points together in a row to push the Clippers ahead, 44-38, with just under four minutes left. But Pentucket, which had six 3’s in the game, clicked on three of them in the final 2:25 to force overtime.

Lucas Chory, Jimmy Cleary, and Ryan DePaolo connected from long distance in the exciting Sachems’ finish. Ryan’s three was with fifteen seconds left.

The Clippers had the final possession is regulation and Dan Baribeault had a good look at the game-winner from the top of the key. On this evening Dan’s shots weren’t falling, he was limited to eight points, and overtime became necessary.

The key to the win? Pentucket’s ability to get to the basket. Granted at times this approach got them to the foul line where they had serious trouble but other times they made layups.

Sophomore Nate McGrail (21 points) had two such layups in overtime and that was enough to get Pentucket the victory.

Nate’s second layup gave the visitors a 53-52 lead with forty-three seconds left. The Clippers had two more possessions to answer back but neither of Quinn Stott’s shots connected. The Sachems responded with two free throws.

Nick Rogers (12 points) connected four times from long range

Nick Rogers (12 points) connected four times from long range

Jimmy Cleary totaled thirteen points for the Sachems. He also had an important block on Dan Baribeault late in regulation.

Nick Rogers paced Newburyport with twelve points all on 3’s.

The Newburyport student section went straight for the jugular pre-game chanting, “Where is Pat Friermuth?” The remarkable junior transferred to Brooks after leading Pentucket to the D3 state semifinals last year.

Lots of black and orange on display as a reminder of the passing of long-time Ipswich coach Doug Woodworth.

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Newburyport box

Newburyport box

Pentucket box

Pentucket box

Season under way

Season under way

Quinn Stott pressures Conor O'Neil

Quinn Stott pressures Conor O’Neil

Ronnie Mwai gets two

Ronnie Mwai gets two

Ryan DePaolo (#21) sent the game into OT with a 3-point shot

Ryan DePaolo (#21) sent the game into OT with a 3-point shot

Jimmy Cleary blocks Dan Baribeault's shot

Jimmy Cleary blocks Dan Baribeault’s shot

Conor O'Neil attempts a free throw in front of the Newburyport student section

Conor O’Neil attempts a free throw in front of the Newburyport student section

Lucas Chory chased by Nick Rogers

Lucas Chory chased by Nick Rogers

Nate McGrail

Nate McGrail

Jimmy Cleary (13 points)

Jimmy Cleary (13 points)

Danny Baribeault on defense

Danny Baribeault on defense

 

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