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Avery Hallinan reaches 1000 points during Amesbury win (64-43) over Beverly

Avery Hallinan celebrates with her family
Avery Hallinan (28 points)

(Amesbury MA) It was not a matter of if, but when.

Avery Hallinan was within fifteen points of 1000 going into tonight’s non-league game with Beverly.

“I was quite certain that I would get the fifteen points either today or on Friday (against Georgetown),” said Avery afterwards.

But tonight would be the ideal time because her family (including her grandmother) was in attendance and her brother Jake was there with the Amesbury boys basketball team.

Angelina Mazzone (13 points)

During the game the Beverly Panthers had trouble keeping Avery away from the basket.  Her willingness to attack the inside of an opponent’s defense has been her trademark.

Avery ended up with twenty-eight points in a memorable evening for her and the team. That her team would win, 64-43, just added to the sweetness of the night.

The 1000th point was part of an inbounds play in the second quarter.  Avery used a screen from teammate Liv DeLong to get open in the lane. She then received an inbounds pass from her sister (McKenna). One dribble to the right and Avery was in for a layup earning a place on the 1000-point banner that hangs on the gymnasium wall.

Gabby Redford (15 points)

“Tonight was a great night for Avery and the team,” said Amesbury coach Gregg Dollas afterwards.

“We had a lot of motivation tonight,” said Avery.  “We were coming off a loss (to Hamilton-Wenham) and we were ready to play.”

Beverly (3-10) fell behind early, 13-5, but while everyone appeared to be concentrating on when Avery would get her 1000th point, the Panthers slipped back into contention in the second quarter.

Battle for a rebound

A jump shot by Nikki Erricola put the visitors from the Northeast Conference down only, 24-20, in the second quarter with 3 ½ minutes left.

However, the next six minutes of playing time were dominated by Amesbury.  The Indians put an 18-2 segment together and 2 ½ minutes into the second half, had a comfortable, 42-22, lead.

Avery would get two more baskets before the 3rd quarter ended and then watched the final quarter from the bench.

Sami Kimball guarded by Lauren Caley

Lauren Caley (12) and Angelina Mazzone (13) were Beverly’s leading scorers.

I was impressed with the organized offense that Beverly ran.  However, the Panthers didn’t shoot very well, and the persistent Amesbury man-to-man defense had something to do with that. 

The Indians (10-3) shot very well.  “Tonight was one of the better nights we’ve had in sharing the ball,” said Coach Dollas.

Senior Gabby Redford netted fifteen points as her shots were falling regularly. She struck from long range and scored going to the basket.

Gabby Redford

“It felt good to be scoring points,” Gabby told me afterwards.  “I always release early, and I got some nice passes down the court from teammates.”

“Gabby had a great game,” said Coach Dollas.  “If she hadn’t been injured in her freshman and sophomore seasons, she’d probably be at the 800/900-point level now.”

“I will be going to Framingham State next year,” said Gabby. “It was the first school I talked to.  I will get to play two seasons with Flannery O’Connor (former Amesbury star) which will be fun.”

The Framingham State team is currently 13-3.

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Ball control
Ellie Marden in a Beverly trap
McKenna Hallinan
Fighting for possession
Nikki Erricola
Molly Potter guarded by McKenna Hallinan
Beverly coach Seth Stantial
Student section cheers Avery
Sisters
Avery Hallinan down the lane
Gabby Redford in for two
Angelina Mazzone ready to shoot
Beverly box
Amesbury box

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Pentucket defeats Hamilton-Wenham 47-23

There was plenty of action around the basket
Gabby Bellacqua looks for an opening

(West Newbury MA) “We just couldn’t close out quarters,” said Hamilton-Wenham coach Mark Cole afterwards.

The lack of consistency was costly as the Generals (7-4) fell to Pentucket, 47-23, on Tuesday night.

HW had nineteen points from talented Jane Maguire but her teammate combined for only four additional points.

Credit the Pentucket defense.  As usual they were persistent and ready to turn miscues into points.

Pentucket made five 3’s

“Pentucket is a very, very good team that can shoot the ball,” said Coach Cole.

The Sachems (8-2) had nine players score and hit from long range five times.

Lana Mickelson and Alyssa Thompson were Pentucket’s top scorers with nine points each.

Each of the end-of-quarter surges that Coach Cole referenced had 3-pointers in them.

Jane Maguire (19 points)

In the first quarter, Jane Maguire’s three-pointer had the visitors within three points (8-5) with four minutes left. 

Pentucket then rolled off ten unanswered points and the quarter ended with the home team in front, 18-5.

Three’s by Ally Cacciapuoti and Alyssa Thompson were involved in the Pentucket run.

Lana Mickelson (9 points and 9 rebounds)

In the second quarter, two layups and two three’s by Jane Maguire had the Generals within seven (22-15) with 3 ½ minutes left.

Pentucket then rolled off eight unanswered points to gain a, 30-15, halftime lead.

Three’s by Emma Lopata and Alyssa Thompson were part of the second-quarter surge.

Hamilton-Wenham scored the first three points of the third quarter and trailed, 30-18, with seven minutes left.

Coach John McNamara

Pentucket then shut out HW the rest of the quarter and added ten points to their lead.

Three’s by Abby Dube and Lana Mickelson were in the mix this time.  Lana’s three was the old-fashioned variety.

Pentucket was ahead, 40-18, after three periods and cruised home from there.

Pentucket coach John McNamara was glad to get the win.  “Both teams were sloppy.  We’ve got to play better than this.  But it was nice to get a win after our tough loss (in OT to Cathedral) the other day.”

Coach Mark Cole

There were plenty of whistles and plenty of fouls and turnovers.

“It seemed as if it was travel, after foul, after travel,” said Lana Mickelson afterwards.

The teams combined for thirty-seven fouls.  I’m going to guess that there were just as many turnovers.  It was ragged for sure.

“We knew that Hamilton-Wenham would be good because of their upset win over Amesbury the other day,” added Lana.

HW had lost by thirty to Amesbury earlier in the season but took out the Indians, 51-45, in the rematch recently.

Christa Coffey and Audrey Conover

“The fact that we held Pentucket to seventeen points in the second half was a good effort on our part,” said Coach Cole.

Lana Mickelson had nine rebounds to go with her nine points.  Against Cathedral she had twenty rebounds.

Jane Maguire had five three’s in HW’s win over Amesbury.  Christa Coffey added three from long range.

On February 10th Pentucket has a rematch with undefeated Newburyport at Newburyport.  The Clippers won by ten points in the first meeting.

              Pentucket   18   12   10   7   =   47

Hamilton-Wenham   5   10     3   5   =   23

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Ally Cacciapuoti
Marley Shea takes a shot
Ava DiBurro makes a save
Jane Maguire uses a screen
Jane Maguire in the open floor
Pentucket fans
Abby Dube
Nora Gamber guarded by Ally Cacciapuoti
Pentucket box
Hamilton-Wenham box

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