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Solid hitting and pitching sends Amesbury by Rockport 11-3

Freshman Ella Bezanson (2) hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning.

Liv DeLong struck out seven Vikings.

(Amesbury MA) It is not unusual for even the winning coach to find something that the team could have done better.

Not today.

“I have no complaints about this game at all,” said Amesbury coach Jacqui Waters after the Indians had defeated Rockport, 11-3.

The hitting and pitching were nicely in place for the home team on this Wednesday afternoon of Cape Ann League softball.

Amesbury (10-1) scored in every inning, including four runs in their half of the first inning.

“We all hit,” said AHS starter Liv DeLong.  “We made good contact.”

The Indians had thirteen hits.  Alana Delisle and Ella Bezanson homered, while Olivia Lavasseur had a triple.

Emma DiPietro (3 hits) steals second

Hitting like that can win you games but when you add excellent pitching, the opponent is in trouble.

Freshman Liv DeLong held the Vikings (6-8) hitless into the sixth inning.

“She hit her spots very well today,” explained catcher Avery Hallinan.  “Her inside fast ball was very effective.”

Today’s game was a rematch of an April 10th season opener in which Amesbury won, 5-3.

“This time we weren’t ready to play,” said Rockport coach Julie Ryan.  “Their pitching was amazing today.”

Rockport starter Kelsea Anderson

The Indians put four runs together in the first inning with only one hit.  Two errors (2B Abby Engel) extended the inning and two wild pitches (Kelsea Anderson) allowed runs to score.

In the AHS second, Avery Hallinan was hit by a pitch, went to 2B on a wild pitch, reached 3B on a fielder’s choice, and scored on a passed ball (Kylie Wheat).

In the Amesbury third, after Olivia Lavasseur was caught stealing, Alana Delisle homered over Taylor Frost’s (CF) head.

The Indians led 6-0 after three innings while Rockport was still looking for its first hit. Kylie Schrock (walk) was the Vikings only baserunner through three innings.

Amesbury collected ten hits over their final three innings scoring five runs and leaving the bases loaded twice.

Emma DiPietro (3 hits) and Liv DeLong had RBI in the 4th.

Zoe Lucido (shortstop) and Ella Bezanson (base stealer)

Ella Bezanson (3 hits) hit a two-run homer to right center in the 5th.

AHS starter Liv DeLong had a string of eleven straight batters retired into the sixth inning.

Rockport broke through in the sixth.  Errors by Emily O’Donnell (1B) and Ella Bezanson (CF) allowed Liz Higgins to reach third.  A perfect bunt by 8th grader Sophie Lucido scored Liz and gave the Vikings their first hit.

Amesbury got one of those runs back in their half of the 6th inning.  Olivia Lavasseur tripled off the chalk in right field and came home on a passed ball.

Rockport opened the final inning with three straight hits.  Liz Higgins drove home two runs (Kylie Schrock & Kelsea Anderson) with a ground ball through the left side.

Catcher Avery Hallinan tags out Kylie Wheat in the 7th

With runners on first and third in that promising inning, the Vikings tried to steal second.  However, AHS shortstop Emma DiPietro cut off the throw to second and fired home catching Kylie Wheat trying to score from third.

The Rockport coaches questioned the out call.  The catcher must have the ball in order to block the plate.  The ruling was that catcher Avery Hallinan did indeed have the ball when she made the tag.

“If I have the ball, and I did, I can block the plate,” said Avery afterwards.

Despite the loss, RHS coach Julie Ryan was optimistic postgame.  “We stepped up to the plate at the end.  We are still in contention for a playoff spot.”

Sophie Lucido had the first Rockport hit

The Vikings are currently in 3rd place in the Baker Division with Ipswich and Amesbury ahead of them. Rockport has two games left with Ipswich.  A second-place finish, even with a losing record, earns a tournament spot.

Coach Waters: “It was a great team effort.  Avery was excellent behind the plate.  Ella had three nice hits.”

Liv DeLong: “The defense behind me worked really well.  The end was a little rocky.  I mixed my pitches and hit my spots.”

Avery Hallinan: “I have probably caught Liv for seven years going back to Little League.”

The weather?  The calendar changes but the weather doesn’t.  It was cold and windy but NOT raining.

This was my first visit this year to the field at Amesbury Middle School.  Attempts have been made to minimize treacherous left field.  There is now a fence keeping left fielders from running onto pavement chasing foul balls out there.

Amesbury started five freshmen while Rockport started four freshmen.  Both team’s pitchers and catchers were freshmen.

Amesbury box

Rockport box

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Abby Aponas takes charge on a popup.

Abby Engel

Alana Delisle (home run) congratulated by teammates

Avery Hallinan, Liv DeLong, and Olivia Lavasseur

Catcher Avery Hallinan

Emily O’Donnell

Zoe Lucido (shortstop)

Emma DiPietro (shortstop)

Kylie Wheat (catcher) and run scorer Ella Bezanson

Lauren Hale

Lauren Ryan

Liz Higgins (3B) and base stealer Emma DiPietro

 

 

 

 

 

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Triton bats too much for Amesbury in 9-2 loss

Seniors Bridget Sheehan, Colleen McCarthy, and junior Katherine Quigley celebrate their 10th win

Carisa Boyle slides into 2B ahead of Emma DiPietro’s tag.

(Byfield MA) Sometimes hard work doesn’t pay off.

But it did for Triton this afternoon.

The Vikings struck Amesbury pitching for twelve hits and a 9-2 win on Thursday afternoon.

“We hit every day,” explained Triton coach Dave Dupere afterwards.  “Almost an hour and twenty minutes and it shows.”

The loss dropped the Indians (8-1) from the undefeated ranks.

“To be perfectly honest, we got beat by a better team today,” said AHS coach Jacquie Waters.

Emilhy Karvielis – 2 hits, 4 rbi

The Vikings (10-1) jumped on Indians’ starter Liv DeLong for four runs on five hits in the first inning. RBI by senior Emily Karvielis (2), senior Colleen McCarthy (1), and junior Eve Paicos (1) sparked the fast start.

Junior Katherine Quigley tossed a 4-hitter and retired the Indians in order in the first, fourth, and sixth innings.

“I have been shooting the strong-hitting teams inside fastballs this season,” said Katherine.  “Today Fay (catcher) was calling for outside pitches and they were hungry for them.  It worked to our advantage.”

The Indians got an unearned run (3B Collen McCarthy error) in the third inning.  Senior Emma DiPietro’s sacrifice fly brought across junior Meg McElaney.

Abby Aponas throws to first

The Vikings responded productively in their half of the fourth inning, putting hits together (four) and tallying three runs.

Freshman Molly Kimball’s bunt turned into an RBI (Darcie McDonough scored) and later Emily Karavielis’ shot to right center drove across two more (Carisa Boyle & Molly Kimball).

The 7-1 lead after four innings stood up for Triton.

The Vikings added two insurance runs in the 6th.  Colleen McCarthy (3 hits) drove across senior Grace McGonagle.  Eve Paicos (2 hits) later brought in Emily Karvielis by singling to right center.

Sophomore Julia Campbell (2 hits) knocked in Amesbury’s 7th inning run, scoring teammate Liv DeLong.

CF Grace McGonagle makes a running catch to save a run

Two tremendous running catches in the outfield today; Grace McGonagle for Triton and Ella Bezanson for Amesbury.

“She (Ella) has had a couple of great catches this year and today’s was certainly one of them,” said Coach Waters.

Freshman Alana Delisle pitched the last two innings for Amesbury.

The Indians started four freshman; Alana (RF), Olivia Lavasseur (3B), Liv DeLong (P), and Ella Bezanson (CF).

Coach Dupere: “It was a win we needed.  Timely hitting.  Our senior leadership showed.  Katherine hit her spots.  She really came through.”

Katherine Quigley: “We were a little nervous because they were undefeated.  I knew we needed to get a good jump on them.  We hit really, really well early in the game.”

SS Bridget Sheehan closes her glove on a popup

Bridget Sheehan: “We’ve got a great lineup.  I am planning to go to Penn State in the fall.  I visited there and it felt right.”

Emily Karielis: “The hits just kept coming in the early inning.  I will be enlisting in the Navy after I graduate.  I have been interested in doing that since middle school.  I want to get into law enforcement eventually.”

Colleen McCarthy: “Coming in we knew it would be a big game.  That they had to change their pitcher out was a good sign for us.  Our goals are to hit and play defense.  I will be going to Roger Williams (Bristol RI). I plan to try out for softball and maybe volleyball. I am interested in criminal justice.”

The Vikings have now won five straight.  Only loss was to North Reading, 10-7, on April 24th.

Amesbury’s last loss, before today, was back on June 16th in 2018 to Austin Prep in the Division 3 North finals.

Busy afternoon at Triton with tennis, lacrosse, baseball, and softball all going on at the same time.

Triton box

Amesbury box

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Watching the action

Meg McElaney

Liv DeLong

Liv DeLong sets to pitch

Katherine Quigley pitched a 4-hitter

Play at second

Molly Kimball

Grace McGonagle slides into 2B

Eve Paicos – 2 hits, 2 rbi

RF Eve Paicos in on a line drive

Emily Karvielis tries to turn two

Darcie McDonough

Colleen McCarthy rounds third

Carisa Boyle scores

Alana Delisle pitched two innings

 

 

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Triton wins 5th straight defeating Amesbury 6-4

Catcher Tyler Godfrey and pitcher Jared Berardino celebrate a win

Drew Parsons tagged out by pitcher Blake Bennett in the first inning

(Amesbury MA) Triton pushed their winning streak to five with a 6-4 win over Amesbury on Saturday afternoon in Cape Ann League baseball.

The Vikings (5-4) tallied four runs in the sixth inning to erase a 4-2 deficit.

Triton batted around in that decisive 6th inning.  Cael Kohan tied the game with a two-run single to left center.  Later in the inning, Kyle Odoy delivered the go-ahead runs with a double to left.

Blake Bennett drove in all four of the Indians’ runs.  Three crossed on his long home run to center in the third inning.  A two-out error by Drew Parsons extended that inning and gave Blake the chance to bat with two on.

Cael Kohan

Blake came up in Amesbury’s final inning with a runner (Logan Burrill) on base.  This time around Triton centerfielder Jack Tummino looked to be playing back somewhere in New Hampshire and was able to catch Blake’s long blast in his direction.

Cael Kohan started for Triton.  After Cael loaded the bases with one out in the fourth inning, Coach Ryan McCarthy brought in Jared Berardino.  In a turning-point moment, Jared got Tucker Molin to ground into a 1-2-3 inning-ending double play to keep Amesbury from enlarging a 3-2 advantage.

Amesbury (5-5) was at times its own worst enemy.  Starter Blake Bennett yielded six walks and four of them scored.  Triton’s first two runs scored on wild pitches.  Twice innings ended for the Indians on the bases.  In the third, Derek Doherty was picked off first by Cael Kohan.  In the fifth, catcher Tyler Godfrey threw out Blake trying to steal third.

The Vikings scored a run in the second.  Cam Gilroy walked, stole second, and reached third on a fielder’s choice.  A wild pitch brought him home and gave Triton a 1-0 lead.

Blake Bennett rounds third

Amesbury took a 3-1 advantage in the third with Blake Bennett’s homer.  At first it looked as if Blake would only get a ground-rule double but the umpires gathered with the coaches and it was ruled to be a home run.

Triton got a run back in the fourth.  The Vikings loaded the bases with two outs before a wild pitch scored Tyler Godfrey to make it 3-2.

In the fifth inning a Logan Burrill double into the left field trees was followed by a Blake Bennett single to left producing a run and a 4-2 lead.

Triton won the game in the sixth.  The Vikings were helped along by three walks and a wild pitch. Cam Gilroy, Tyler Godfrey, Jared Berardino, and Cael Kohan were the run scorers.

The Indians have played all their home games at Town Park because the high school field is water logged.  Amesbury is fortunate to have an alternate field.  I read today that some of the schools in Maine have only been able to play two games so far because of the weather.

Left field at Town Park

What could go wrong in left field at Town Park?  In the picture you can see trees, branches, folks in lawn chairs, a car, and a dog all in the playing area.

Both coaches, before the game, considered me bad luck because I’ve only seen them lose this season.  I’m flattered to think that I have such an influence!

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Cael Kohan reaches home

Cam Gilroy (2B) in the middle of a 6-4-3 double play

Drew MacDonald

Drew Parsons handles a bad throw as Logan Burrill gets back to second

Shortstop Drew Parsons throws to first

Logan Burrill (3 hits) rounds third

Near collision in the Amesbury outfield

Shane Rooney, Drew Parsons, Blake Bennett, and Cam Gilroy wait for the umpires’ ruling

Shea Cucinotta under a popup

Triton celebrates

Jared Berardino pitched the final 3 2/3 for Triton

Jeremy Lopez reaches to pick up a grounder

Kyle Odoy drove in two runs in the sixth inning

 

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Newburyport hits and fields their way to 9-4 win over Amesbury

Tommy Murphy and Casey McLaren celebrate a 2-run homer

Parker McLaren limited Amesbury to four hits in six innings of pitching

(Amesbury MA) Plenty of baserunners.

Plenty of opportunities.

But on this Tuesday afternoon, Newburyport (6-4) turned in more big plays and defeated Amesbury, 9-4, at Amesbury Town Park.

Senior Casey McLaren led a 15-hit Clippers attack with three hits, including a homer, and four RBI.

Casey’s glove work at first was also important.  On three different occasions, two of which ended innings, he scooped low throws from infielders that kept runs from scoring.

“It’s all about getting down eye-level with the ball,” explained Casey afterwards.

The Clippers never stopped hitting in this one collecting at least one hit in every inning.  “We broke out of a hitting funk that we had been in the last couple of games,” said NHS coach Mark Rowe.

The Indians (4-4) had only four hits off Clippers starter Parker McLaren but used walks and Newburyport miscues to get runners aboard every inning.

Blake Bennett had two hits and drove in two runs

“We just couldn’t string anything together today,” explained AHS coach Joel Brierley.

“You could see that things weren’t going our way when twice we had our best hitter (Logan Burrill) up with the bases loaded and even though he hit the ball hard we had nothing to show for it.”

Trailing 4-0 in the fourth inning, the Indians loaded the bases with one out.  Logan hit a hard grounder down the third baseline that 3B Tommy Murphy turned into an inning-ending double play.  It did take a great scoop by 1B Casey McLaren to complete the DP.

Later (6th inning) now behind 9-0, Amesbury filled the bases with one out.  This time Logan hit a rope to left, that Ryan Archer managed to catch.  “Ryan (Archer) made a nice play on that line drive to left,” said Coach Rowe.  “It was a rocket.”

Casey McLaren after an inning-ending stop at first

At least in the 6th inning, Logan’s teammates were able to push four runs across after the catch in left.

Blake Bennett paced the AHS attack with two hits, including a triple, and two RBI.

Walker Bartkiewicz and Parker McLaren each had three hits for Newburyport.

Casey McLaren drove in the first NHS run with a single in the first.  He drove in their next two runs in the third inning with a HR blast over the head of CF Logan Burrill.

Two of the Cape Ann League’s best players; Casey McLaren and Blake Bennett

“It was a fastball, up and a little outside, and I was looking for it,” recalled Casey.

In the fourth, Ryan Archie reached on an error (Shea Cucinotta), stole second, and reached third on a wild pitch.  Tyler Koglin then singled him home.

In the 5th inning, Casey McLaren singled, stole second, and reached third on Thomas Greene’s single.  Walker Bartkiewicz delivered Casey with a single to center pushing the Clippers lead to 5-0.

Newburyport broke the game open in their half of the sixth with four runs.  Casey and his brother Parker had RBI.  Two other runs crossed after a throwing error by 3B Cam Chambers.

The Indians cut into the 9-0 deficit in the bottom of the 6th.  A bases-loaded walk (Tucker Molin), a passed ball, and Blake Bennett’s triple produced four runs.  But the inning ended there with Casey coming up with a low Ryan Archie throw to end the threat.

Freshman Jack Fehlner pitched the final inning for Newburyport.

Jeremy Lopez, Tom Flanagan, and Tim Gilleo pitched for Amesbury.

“Anytime we can beat a good team like Amesbury is a good win,” said Coach Rowe.  “They battle.  They don’t quit.  Like the first time we met (8-7 NHS win) they had a comeback in them.”

Derek Doherty (2B) throws to first

“We didn’t have very many quality at-bats,” added Coach Brierley. “When we did hit the ball, they made the plays.”

Casey McLaren: “It’s in my mind to play baseball at Tufts.  I haven’t talked to the coach yet.  We’ll see.  It would be tough to give up baseball.  There’s no doubt in my mind that I could pitch there.”

Newburyport has defeated Amesbury three of the last four times they met.

Amesbury had won three straight before today’s loss.

Amesbury’s Derek Doherty will attend Rivier University (Nashua NH) next fall to play baseball.

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Kyle Therrien

Nick White congratulates reliever Jack Fehlner

Play at third

Blake Bennett fields a grounder

Catcher Derek Beaupre corrals a popup

Sophomore Jeremy Lopez

Pitcher Jeremy Lopez sets to throw to third

Shortstop Ryan Archie collects a grounder

Shortstop Shea Cucinotta sets to throw

Thomas Greene

Tyler Koglin scores the Clippers first run

 

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Flannery O’Connor (24 points) drives Amesbury past Lynnfield 65-50

Flannery O’Connor (24 points) surrounded by Pioneers

Alli Napoli double-teamed

(Haverhill MA) There had been six lead changes and seven ties.

Then senior Flannery O’Connor took over in the third quarter.

The Cape Ann League All-Star engineered a run of nine unanswered points and a slim one-point lead (36-35) moved to a breathing-room 45-35 score.

The second-half surge of points was too much for foul-prone Lynnfield to overcome and they fell to (18-4) Amesbury 65-50 on Wednesday night at Whittier.

“We hung around for three quarters,” said Lynnfield coach Peter Bocchino afterwards.  “We ran out of gas in the fourth quarter.”

The Pioneers (14-9) did get within eight (51-43) with 5 ½ minutes to go in the game.

Ciara Sullivan

But then junior Alli Napoli set up teammate Ciara Sullivan for consecutive three’s and Amesbury’s double-digit spread was restored for good.

Tori Morelli and Cate MacDonald

Continuous fouling by both teams ruined any chance for patterned offense to be on display.  There were plenty of one-on-one’s which turned up fouls or layups.

Alli Napoli (Amesbury) and Tori Morelli (Lynnfield) were both in early foul trouble and on their respective benches for much of the first half.

The missing twosome were usually steadying influences on their teams and without them, the play was often ragged in the first half.

“I liked the way that the girls stayed composed with Alli out most of the first half,” said Amesbury coach Gregg Dollos.

Amesbury had a six-point lead (23-17) with two minutes left in the half but a three by freshman Riley Hallahan and a layup by Grace Klonsky and Lynnfield was back tight, 23-22, at the half.

Amesbury was 19-for-27 from the foul line

The Pioneers had a four-point lead (29-25) three minutes into the second half but two free throws by Alli Napoli and a layup by Flannery O’Connor, that Alli assisted on, and the teams were tied.

Three free throws by Melissa Morelli (14 points) had Lynnfield within one (36-35) with only three minutes remaining in the third quarter.

This was when Flannery took over and led AHS to separation.  Part of the nine-point run was a triple (McKenna Hallinin) set up by Flannery.

Lynnfield played a zone defense and Amesbury struggled to get open looks.

“They were playing a zone,” said Flannery afterwards.  “Moving the ball makes that defense work.  I try to find cracks and dive into them.”

Faced with tight coverage whenever she touched the ball, Flannery was quick to find open teammates.

McKenna Hallinan looks to the hoop

The Hallinan twins (Avery and McKenna) brought energy, points, and defense.  The two freshmen helped carry the scoring load for the Indians in the first half.

Avery ended the game with twelve points while McKenna totaled nine.

Freshman Cate MacDonald tallied twelve points for LHS.  “Our freshman (Cate) came to play tonight,” said Coach Bocchino.  “She got a learning experience.”

I was impressed with the ball-handling of sophomore Grace Klonsky.  Several times she took the ball the full length of the court for a score.

Amesbury will now face St. Mary’s (Lynn) at the Tsongas Arena on Saturday.  The Spartans had a decisive win over Amesbury during the regular season.

Lynnfield had two easy tourney wins before facing Amesbury in the D3 North semifinals.  The Pioneers downed Charlestown 53-9 and Greater Lawrence 69-43.

Peter Bocchino was the CAL coach-of-the-year.

Mary Bullis and Riley Hallahan

Lynnfield had been 5-52 over the previous three seasons.

The Pioneers tourney win over Charlestown was their first since 2009.

Despite missing most of the first half, Alli Napoli finished with eleven points.

The Pioneers missed thirteen free throws.

Amesbury box

Lynnfield box

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McKenna Hallinan

Alli Napoli

Alli Napoli moves into an open space

Caroline Waisnor sets to receive a pass

Flannery O’Connor in traffic

Grace Klonsky

Grace Klonsky and McKenna Hallinan

Melissa Morelli and Avery Hallinan

 

 

 

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Pentucket holds off Amesbury 50-48

Angelica Hurley (12 points) looks for an opening

Flannery O’Connor (16 points) guarded by Arielle Cleveland (11 points)

(Amesbury MA) Amesbury was ahead 20-7 after 5 ½ minutes.

Pentucket was ahead 26-24 seven minutes later.

“It was back-and-forth a lot,” said Angelica Hurley afterwards.

That back-and-forth thing took time to materialize in the early going but in the final 2+ quarters it happened often.  Seven ties.  Eight lead changes.

In the end, it was Pentucket (14-1) making the big shots, at the line and from the floor, and turning defense into offense, that carried them to a tough 50-48 win on Tuesday night over Amesbury (12-2).

Pentucket coach John McNamara

Pentucket has the best record in Massachusetts in Division 2.

“I’m proud of our girls,” said Amesbury coach Gregg Dollos after. “We hung in there.  Pentucket is a good team.”

The Sachems took the lead for good (47-45) on a Liv Cross layin with 2:25 left.

Angelina Yacubacci (16 points) had a steal and made two resulting free throws a minute later to stretch the Sachems advantage to 50-46.

Freshman McKenna Hallinan (7 points) answered with a layup to close the gap to two with 1:04 left, but the Indians (12-2) couldn’t complete the comeback in their two possessions thereafter.

Turnover

“It was a great high school girls’ game,” said Pentucket coach John McNamara.  “We knew they were good coming in.  They have maybe two of the best players in the Cape Ann League.  Amesbury will be a tough out in Division 3.”

The Indians got off to a tremendous start.  Shots were falling and uncontested layups were showing up.

Senior Flannery O’Connor (16 points) dominated the 20-7 getaway with twelve points.  She had four layups, a free throw, and even a three.

“They were clearing out for her,” recalled Coach McNamara.  “We had to adjust.  We did everything we could in the second half to keep her from getting good looks inside.”

Flannery O’Connor guarded by Megan Reading

The adjustment worked because Flannery saw multiple defenders in the second half and ended up with just one free throw.

The other noticeable defensive effort was Maddie Doyle covering Alli Napoli.  Significant size difference but Maddie kept the athletic Alli from direct routes to the basket.  Alli had one full-court layup in the 2nd half.

How did Amesbury stay with Pentucket in the second half if Flannery and Alli weren’t putting up points? Solid man-to-man defense and terrific rebounding.

The Sachems had only one rebound basket the whole game – Arielle Cleveland at the very end of the first half.

“We wanted to stop fast breaks and second-chance points,” explained Coach Dollos.

The Indians led 24-17 at the 6:15 mark of the second quarter.  The next three minutes?  All Pentucket.  While the Indians were defended into five turnovers, the Sachems put nine unanswered points together to take their first lead, 26-24.

Liv Cross (9 points) lines up a free throw

Maddie Doyle and Angelina Yacubacci finished the nine-point comeback with 3’s.

I thought at the time that this might be the beginning of a long evening for the Indians, but I was wrong.  Amesbury began to answer with points and “back-and-forth” was what we witnessed the exciting rest of the way.

Pentucket made 3-of-4 free throws in the end game.  “Free throws are always important,” said senior Liv Cross.  “Every coach I’ve ever had always says that these kinds of games come down to free throws.”

Ciara Sullivan gave Amesbury a quick 43-38 lead with five straight points to start the final quarter.  Back came Pentucket, however, with two Angelica Hurley layups and two Liv Cross free throws.  It was all part of that back-and-forth thing.

Amesbury had twenty-three turnovers and Pentucket nineteen.  The 3-minute collection of five of them in the second period may well have cost Amesbury the game.  Credit the Pentucket defense.

Coach McNamara: “The way we started we could have given up, so I give credit to our girls for recovering.”

Ciara Sullivan lines up a three

On Maddie Doyle guarding Alli Napoli: “She gave away about two feet but she’s scrappy and tough.”

On Angelina Yacubacci’s steal late in the game: “She’s a very smart defensive player.  She reads passes and lanes very well.  Her steal was huge.”

Coach Dollos: “Foul trouble hurt us.  I’m happy with what we did.  Losing isn’t fun but I’ll say we played pretty well.”

Things to work on: “We needed to move the ball better to get it inside.  We also could have used better shot selection at times.”

The best assessment of the game belonged to Coach Dollos, “It easily could have gone either way.”

Angelica Hurley had twelve points for Pentucket and teammate Arielle Cleveland added eleven. Alli Napoli collected ten points for Amesbury.

The victory extends the Pentucket winning streak to eleven.  Only loss was to Westford Academy.

The Amesbury defeat stops their win streak at eleven.  They had an early-season loss to North Reading that I covered.

Liv Cross on next year: “I got into Northeastern the other night.  It’s my top school but expensive.  Nursing is what interests me.  I might go to UMass Lowell because I got into their nursing program.”

The intensity of the two coaches spread into the stands.  It seemed as if every whistle was challenged by the side whistled against.

Amesbury box

Pentucket box

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Plenty of contact

Mary Bullis defends

Turnover

Angelica Hurley eyes the hoop guarded by Flannery O’Connor

Arielle Cleveland (11 points) looks to pass

 

 

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Amebury catches Triton and wins 61-58 in overtime

Max McKenzie contested by Blake Bennett

Luke Martin (5) had eighteen points after the first half.

(Amesbury MA) Luke Martin was part of Amesbury’s problem in the first half.

The second half?  He was a big part of the solution.

Amesbury rallied after a half of subpar defense/offense to reach overtime with Triton and then dominated overtime to scratch out a, 61-58, win on Tuesday night.

“We played a zone early and Triton made a bunch of three’s,” said Coach Tom Comeau afterwards.

The solution?  Change to a man-to-man and apply ¾ court pressure after baskets.

“That pressure had an effect,” said Triton coach Ted Schruender.  “We had chances to score and didn’t.”

TJ Overbaugh (12 points) had three 3’s in the first quarter

The Indians (3-5) trailed by fourteen (31-17) at the half and the way Triton was shooting made you think that the lead might get bigger in the second half.

“I challenged the team at halftime to play better and protect the homecourt,” said Coach Comeau.  It worked for certain.

But the Vikings (5-6) didn’t go away despite the improved play of the home team.

However, the Triton lead started to shrink in the second half and when Jimmy Gjikopulli hit a runner in the lane with two minutes left in regulation, Amesbury was ahead for the first time, 48-47.

Those expecting Triton to now quit were disappointed.  Led by Max McKenzie (22 points), Triton regained the lead, 52-48 with thirty-six seconds left.

Enter Luke Martin.  Actually, Luke had already entered (finally) in the second half and had accumulated ten points in Amesbury’s second half revival.

Luke Martin from the corner over Max McKenzie

But now down four with time running out, Luke nailed his third triple of the second half to get AHS within one.  Triton’s Kyle Odoy followed with one-of-two free throws.  Junior Jimmy Gjikoupulli finished the Amesbury comeback with a layup just before the buzzer sounded and the game reached overtime – 53-53.

Amesbury continued their defensive pressure in the four-minute overtime and Triton struggled against it.  The Vikings had three turnovers to show for the first two minutes.

Meanwhile the Indians had a fallaway from Jaden Keliher and two free throws from Luke Martin. Then it was Luke again with 1:51 left hitting a large three.  AHS now had a seven-point lead (60-53).

Credit Triton.  Game over?  Not by the way they answered.  Max McKenzie went to the hoop twice getting layups, and on the second one he was fouled.  Max made the shot and now Triton was within two (60-58) with forty seconds left.

Max McKenzie guarded by Ethan Catania

Plenty of time.  Amesbury opted to use as much clock as possible before shooting.  Jaden Keliher took the shot, missed, and it looked as if Triton might have fifteen seconds to get an ending they liked.

Looking for a hero for Amesbury?  It was Kyle Donovan getting the offensive rebound off Jaden’s miss.  That extended the possession and Triton was forced to foul.  Jimmy Gjikopulli made one-of-two to give the Indians a 3-point lead.  Triton struggled on their final possession and were unable to get off a three to possibly tie the game.  Amesbury had an exciting 61-58 victory.

Luke Martin: “We got things going in the second half.  We heated up.  Even after I missed a few I had to keep shooting.  It was a good idea by Coach to put pressure on them because they didn’t handle it too well.”

Camden Keliher (16 points) puts up a floater in the lane

Coach Schruender: “It was a good competitive game that we let get away from us.  It’s a learning experience.  We’ll work on things and make it better.”

TJ Overbaugh of Triton made four three’s including three in the Vikings breakaway first period.

Triton defeated Amesbury 42-41 in December.  Neither Nick Everett nor Luke Martin played for Amesbury in that one.  TJ did and he made three triples.

Triton ended up with twenty turnovers (by my count) while Amesbury had only ten.

Luke Martin (18), Camden Keliher (16), and Jimmy Gjikopulli (13) reached double figures for Amesbury.

Max McKenzie (22) led all scorers.

Amesbury box

Triton box

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

Max McKenzie (22 points) to the rim

Blake Bennett

Jaden Keliher (15) guarded by Quintin McHale (14)

Kyle Odoy (15) between Oliver Hogg (14) and Kyle Donovan (20)

Kyle Odoy free throw

Luke Martin (5) on the move defended by Kyle Odoy (15)

Luke Martin shoots a free throw

 

 

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