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Amesbury loses 3rd straight with 9-2 loss to non-league Concord-Carlisle to end regular season

Concord-Carlisle catcher Virgina Ryan had a huge day for the Patriots with two HRs and 6 RBI

Emma DiPietro tagged out at 2B by Emma Della Volpe

(Amesbury MA) Three days don’t make a season but the last three have been a disaster for the Amesbury Indians softball team.

I checked in (late) to the final of the three games this morning and saw Amesbury lose, 9-2, to Concord-Carlisle.

Trusting Mascores to have the right starting time cost me.  They said 11AM but the game started at 10AM.

Looking for a game story?  This wouldn’t be your place but I do have pictures and some general commentary.

The loss today was the Indians (14-6) third loss in three days.  Lest you think that Division 3 Amesbury has run out of steam late in the season, you need to check the caliber of the final trio: Andover (Division 1), Whittier (17-2), and Concord-Carlisle (Division 1, 17-2).

Alyssa Attonito avoids Maddie Napoli’s tag at 2B

The season now moves into the “one-loss-and-done” tournament section.

Nicole Small went the distance for the Patriots giving up six hits and striking out five Indians.

Virgina Ryan finishes her first inside-the-park homer in today’s game

Catcher Virginia Ryan was the hitting hero for the visitors.  I saw her hit two home runs.  She ended up with six RBI.

On one of Virginia’s at-bats, she had a loud foul down the leftfield line before, several pitches later, lining a 3-run homer to right over Brigid Ramsden’s head.

In the Amesbury fifth, Sage Dodier singled and was replaced by pinchrunner Abby Aponas.  That move paid off as the speedy Abby scored on Alli Napoli’s double.

Junior Caity Baker had a solo homer to left center for the home team in the sixth.

Perry Field is fenceless therefore to hit a homer requires a pretty good belt.  CC had their outfielders playing shallow which explained Caity’s home run.  Amesbury, however, was positioned much deeper so the two Virgina Ryan HRs were extremely well hit and would have left most fenced fields.

SS Maddie Napoli makes a great stop to force Maeve Devlin at 3B

Amesbury’s three seniors (Mikayla Porcaro, Brigid Ramsden, Maddie Napoli) were honored before the game……I am told.  Mikayla will be at Salem State next year.  Maddie is going to UMass Amherst.

Shortstop/Pitcher Emma Della Volpe will attend Tufts this fall.

The tournament placements come out on Tuesday.  Those final three losses could cost Amesbury a home game.  However, facing strong non-league opponents is a great way to get ready for good teams ahead in the tournament.

Any plans the Indians have to get to the state semifinals in Division 3 will certainly mean getting by either 17-2 Whittier and/or perennial powerhouse St. Mary’s.  Tough road for sure but successes in soccer and basketball this school year might make a difference in the big games ahead.

Concord-Carlisle is a tourney regular.  No state titles yet for the softball team but they’ve been close a number of times.  The Patriots have plenty of pitching as well as power.  Defensively, they are well-schooled.  I never saw a throw anywhere that wasn’t backed up.

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Caity Baker

Caity Baker finishes trip around the bases

Ball falls in front of LF Caitlyn Lewis

AHS seniors honored

2B Jill Chelton

Emma DiPietro and Emma Della Volpe

Emma DiPietro tries for 3B

young fan

CF Catherine Kingman

Alli Napoli

Abby Aponas scores the first AHS run

Virginia Ryan slides home safely






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Hamilton-Wenham rallies dropping Amesbury 11-5 in eight innings

Adam Parady hustles out an infield hit as Derek Beaupre stretches for the throw

Jake Lanciani touches home with the tying run in the 7th inning

(Amesbury MA) Very close…..but I’m sure that isn’t any consolation.

Amesbury put a solid six innings together and looked to be on the verge of ending a 10-game losing streak.

Hamilton-Wenham, however, opted not to cooperate.

The Generals (7-5) tied the score in the top of the 7th and then exploded in the extra inning for an 11-5 win.

This was a Saturday afternoon Cape Ann League contest played in cold (upper 40s) conditions.

Winning pitcher Jake Lanciani

Jake Lanciani (2nd team CAL All-Star last year) had plenty to do with the HW victory.  Jake had three hits and scored three runs.  He also transferred from shortstop to pitching in the 5th inning and was the winning pitcher.

The Indians (1-13) broke a 2-2 tie during Jake’s first inning of relief.  AHS collected three runs as the HW defense (Michael Crowley, Nick DiMarino) gifted the scores with drops in the infield.

After that rough fifth, the HW errors ended and Jake held the home team hitless and notched three strikeouts.

While Amesbury struggled in the late innings, the visitors tallied nine hits in the final two innings after having just four hits in the first six innings.

Zach Prentiss pitched his arm off for Amesbury.  He scattered four hits during the first six innings. The AHS senior was the frustrated losing pitcher.

In the comeback top of the 7th, HW had the three runs they needed back in a hurry.  Cam Vautour walked, and then consecutive singles by Conor Evers, Sal Gaurino, and Jake Lanciani followed.  A sacrifice fly by Hunter Wilichoski (3 RBI) tied the score.

In the put-away 8th inning, HW again started strong with a hit batsman, single, walk, and another hit batsman before AHS had an out registered.  Three straight singles followed and the Generals had a six-run, game-winning inning.

Ball drops in near CF Pat Birmingham

The ball did not seem to carry at all on this cold afternoon.  HW had a number of bloop hits landing just in front of diving AHS fielders.

Freshman Will Jones went the first four innings for the Generals.  He was adept at escaping jams.  Will stranded three in the first and two in the third and fourth.

Freshman Conor Evers had two hits and scored three runs.

Ray Arsenault, DJ Grandmaison, and Luke Lagos each recorded two hits for Amesbury.  The Indians had nine hits through five innings but none after that.

Adam Parady showed his speed beating out an infield hit in the HW seventh.

Luke Lagos pitched an inning of relief for Amesbury.

The two teams will go at it again on Monday at Hamilton-Wenham.

Right fielder DJ Grandmaison nearly had a force out at home after an apparent hit.  It became a hit after the runner scored.

The umpire ruled that shortstop Jake Lanciani missed the bag on this play

Hamilton-Wenham had two double plays nullified on close plays.  One involved touching second base before the relay to first.

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Nick DiMarino

Shortstop Derek Doherty

HW starter Will Jones

Ian Coffey greeted after scoring the go-ahead run in the 8th inning

Reliever Luke Lagos

Cam Vautour beats a force play at home

Hunter Wilichoski drove in 3 runs including the tying run in the 7th inning

RF DJ Grandmaison sets to throw home

Out at second

Zach Prentiss, covering 3B, avoids a sliding runner as HW coach Reggie Maidment and AHS coach Gene Burnham watch

SS Jake Lanciana drops a popup

AHS starter Zach Prentiss

Catcher Scotty Franco between innings

Michael Crowley set to apply the tag to Zach Prentiss

Logan Burrill



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Amesbury takes out Pentucket 13-4 with seven-run 4th inning

Sage Dodier had a 2-run homer in the decisive Amesbury 4th inning

AHS starter Hayley Catania allowed just three hits after the third inning.

(Amesbury MA) Amesbury (7-2) blew open a close game with a 7-run fourth inning and defeated Pentucket, 13-4, on a chilly Monday afternoon of Cape Ann League softball.

The Indians sent eleven batters to the plate in the deciding 4th and rattled seven hits around Perry Field including home runs by sophomores Kaylie Cloutier and Sage Dodier.

This game started as a slugfest with loud outs and hits by both teams.

The Sachems (8-4) were ahead 3-1 after 2 ½ innings thanks to an RBI triple by Taylor Fitzpatrick and a home run by Madi Codair.

The rest of the way AHS winning pitcher, Hayley Catania, limited the visitors to only three hits and one run.

The Indians pushed ahead in their half of the 3rd inning.  A dropped throw (2B Caitlin Kutcher) in the infield and a ball misplayed in the outfield (LF Mo Quinn) were crucial in allowing the home team to get three runs and take the lead (4-3) for good.

Caity Baker (3 hits, 2 rbi) drops down a bunt

Everything went right for the Indians in the game-deciding 4th inning.  There were solid hits, bloopers, and bunts to clog the bases and big hits (triple Hayley Catania) to clear them.

What happened after Mikayla Porcaro drove in the 4th run of the inning was what did in Pentucket.  Kaylie Cloutier, who had looked overmatched in striking out the inning before, got into a Julie Freitas fastball and lined it over the head of RF Taylor Fitzpatrick and circled the bases.

After Abby Aponas walked, Pentucket coach John Walsh brought in junior Mady Gatchell to face pinch-hitter Sage Dodier.  The sophomore matched the Cloutier shot over RF and also ran the bases.

Now in front, 11-3, the Indians had the margin to thwart any comeback plans by the Sachems the rest of the way.

Caity Baker paced the AHS attack with three of their sixteen hits.  Maddie Napoli, Emma DiPietro, Hannaih Burdick, Hayley Catania, and Mikayla Porcaro each had two hits.

Madi Codair homered in the 3rd inning

Junior Madi Codair had two hits and two RBI for Pentucket.

Busy schedule ahead for both teams as they have three more games this week.

Neither team had lost in May coming into this afternoon’s game.  Pentucket had won six straight.  Amesbury had now won four in a row.

Both teams have losses to North Reading.

The temperatures were in the mid-50’s even though the sun was shining.

It struck me as odd to have someone named “Autumn” (West) playing third at Amesbury.  Brought back memories of Autumn Kligerman.  What a senior year she had!

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Shortstop Maddie Napoli throws to first

Maddie Napoli flips to 2B Abby Aponas to force Autumn West as Emma DiPietro watches from the outfield

Mo Quinn

Julie Freitas

Sage Dodier

Fiona Hill makes a nice catch in center

Brigid Ramsden

The flip that ended the game

Emma DiPietro slides into 2B as Kim Kowalick awaits throw

2B Caitlin Kutcher

Hannaih Burdick (2 hits,2 runs scored) fields a single in right.

Senior Mikayla Porcaro (2 hits,3 rbi)

Taylor Fitzpatrick (triple,rbi) handles a single to right



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Second half surge gets tourney win for Amesbury 48-34 over North Reading

Abbie Sartori (17 points) fires from the corner

Abbie Sartori (17 points) fires from the corner

Maddie Napoli (13 ponts) floats in the lane

Maddie Napoli (13 ponts) floats in the lane

(Amesbury MA) Amesbury was in trouble.

Tied with North Reading (27-27) 2 ½ minutes into the second half, and having top scorer Flannery O’Connor and starter Julia LaMontagne benched with foul trouble, the #1 seeded Indians appeared headed for a short post-season.

But Amesbury recovered and put together an impressive 19-1 segment over the next 10+ minutes of playing time and went from there to win, 48-34, on Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Division 3 North tournament.

The Indians (20-1) will play the winner of tomorrow night’s matchup between Green Academy and St. Mary’s.

#8 seed North Reading got off to a rough start as senior Maddie Napoli (13 points) hit two three’s in the first 4 ½ minutes and the Indians led, 13-1.

Kat Hassapis (16 points) finds space in the lane

Kat Hassapis (16 points) finds space in the lane

But the Hornets came all the way back riding the terrific play of senior Kat Hassapis.  Kat’s three, halfway through the 2nd period, put the visitors in front, 18-17.

The Indians finished the half on a 7-2 run, helped by two technical foul shots, to lead at intermission, 27-22.

As I referenced before, Amesbury got into foul trouble early in the second half.  Losing Flannery O’Connor was serious since the sophomore had twenty-three points in the last NR/AHS meeting and only had four points so far in this one.

After the Hornets (11-12) knotted things at 27, the Indians took the game over for the next 10+ minutes of playing time.  Ali Napoli and Chelsea Lynch replaced their foul-prone teammates and before long Amesbury was going one way and North Reading was going the other.

In the 19-1 breakaway time, senior Abbie Sartori hit three jump shots and one triple while freshman Ali Napoli made a neat move in the lane to get a layup and assisted on three of the AHS baskets.

On the NR side, scoring was a big-time struggle.  The Hornets missed five-of-six free throws and had seven turnovers.

Mia DeNofrio

Mia DeNofrio

When North Reading finally made a field goal (Mia DeNorfio) with two minutes left, the visitors were down, 46-28, and the game had gotten away from them.

Mikayla Porcaro had a 3-pointer and a successful jump shot during Amesbury’s winning run.

Abbie Sartori led all scorers with seventeen points.

NR used a box-and-one to try to keep Flannery O’Connor from getting the ball.  Worked quite well although Flannery found some room inside late in the game.

The Indians defeated North Reading, 72-57, on January 6th.  The Hornets made eight three’s in the first half of that game.  Amesbury’s 1-3-1 zone defense worked well this time around, however, by limiting NR to only three long ones in this tourney win.

North Reading was called for a technical foul after a player entered the game and their name was not in the official scorebook.

Good crowd on hand.

Box for North Reading

Box for Amesbury

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Lauren Sullivan blocks from behind

Lauren Sullivan blocks from behind

Flannery O'Connor draws a crowd

Flannery O’Connor draws a crowd

Loose ball

Loose ball

Kat Hassapis defended by the Napoli sisters

Kat Hassapis defended by the Napoli sisters

Noel Riley

Noel Riley

Amesbury cheerleaders show how it's done

Amesbury cheerleaders show how it’s done

Mikayla Porcaro and Victoria Grasso

Mikayla Porcaro and Victoria Grasso

Flannery O'Connor with Abbie Sartori

Flannery O’Connor with Abbie Sartori

Maddie Napoli

Maddie Napoli

Abbie Sartori

Abbie Sartori

Kat Hassapis and Ali Napoli (Two pretty good goalies in another season)

Kat Hassapis and Ali Napoli (Two pretty good goalies in another season)

Casey McAuliffe (#10) had two three's

Casey McAuliffe (#10) had two three’s




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Late three by Abbie Sartori pushes Amesbury past Newburyport 40-39

Abbie Sartori at center court

Abbie Sartori at center court

Maddie Napoli pressures Krysta Padellaro

Maddie Napoli pressures Krysta Padellaro

(Newburyport MA) Amesbury won a thriller over Newburyport, 40-39, on a three-point shot by senior Abbie Sartori with twelves second left.

The win was the 13th for the Indians and it erased the sting of their lone loss last week to Pentucket.

The Clippers made three 3’s in the final quarter and nearly had a fourth in the final seconds after Abbie’s 3-pointer.

Paige Gouldthorpe had the final shot.  She had already made two three’s in the quarter.  How she could be so wide open must have had AHS coach Matt Willis wondering.  Of course, how Abbie Sartori (11 points), who had a triple in the game, could be wide open near the arc with Amesbury down by two, probably had the same effect on NHS coach Gregg Dollas.

This game was not sloppy.  The shooting was.  The total on both sides for missed layups, and wild shots in traffic, was large.  On this night neither defense was giving much ground and there were few second shots.

Free throws?  Both teams missed six.  The report of Newburyport’s loss last week to Hamilton-Wenham placed the blame on poor foul shooting.  Versus Amesbury the FT shooting wasn’t necessarily poor, just off at the wrong time.

Krysta Padellaro at the line

Krysta Padellaro at the line

Katie Hadden's FT try

Katie Hadden’s FT try

Twice in the final thirty seconds the Clippers were at the foul line shooting one-and-one’s with a two-point (39-37) lead.  Misses both times (Krysta Padellaro and Katie Hadden).  Amesbury turned the ball over after Krysta’s miss but after Katie’s they produced the winning 3-pointer.  Maddie Napoli found Abbie for the clincher.

The Clippers (7-5) fell behind early (4-3) after a Flannery O’Connor drive and stayed there for most of the game.  The AHS lead was eight at the half (25-17) and after the third quarter (34-26).

The Clippers hadn’t made a three and the AHS interior defense was limiting most good looks inside.  The exception being Anna Hickman (14 points) who managed four layups through heavy AHS traffic in the second quarter.

Anna Hickman (14 points) in the lane

Anna Hickman (14 points) in the lane

That Amesbury eight-point lead looked safe entering the final quarter.  But it wasn’t.  The home team put a 13-1 run together to grab a 39-34 lead with 2 ½ minutes left.  Now who’s in control!  It’s the Clippers.

In the 13-1 run, the Clippers made shots from everywhere.  Krysta Padellaro had a layup.  Katie Hadden a jump shot.  And then there were the three’s: one by Anna Hickman, and two by Paige Gouldthorpe.

Amesbury was in trouble but was able to recover as Newburyport did not score a single point over the final 2 ½ minutes.  The Clippers had chances but they couldn’t cash them on this night.  I did think that Paige’s late 3-point try was a good bet after one of her three’s earlier in the quarter had come from the same spot.  But not this time.

Amesbury had nine unanswered in the second quarter to get a ten-point (18-8) lead.  A jump shot and a three by Abbie Sartori, a jump shot by Chelsea Lynch, and full-court drive by Flannery O’Connor (12 points) did the damage for AHS.

Both Julia LaMontagne and Mikayla Porcaro turned up layups in the final thirty seconds of the third quarter.  Mikayla’s just beat the buzzer.

Krysta was injured the in the 4th quarter but a quick tape job by the NHS trainer enabled the junior to be on the floor in crunch time.

Paige Gouldthorpe (singer/defender)

Paige Gouldthorpe (singer/defender)

Paige Gouldthorpe easily transitioned from singer to starter.

The big surprise for me was seeing Krysta and Maddie Napoli held to only two points each.  Maddie did a good job of denying passes to Krysta.  I saw her do the same thing to Triton’s Tessa Lafrance in AHS’s win over Triton.

NHS now has three straight losses.  They face a tough one (Pentucket) away on Friday night.  Later they will get Pentucket at home.

Amesbury hosts Manchester-Essex on Friday night.  In the games ahead, the Indians will face four teams that they have already beaten this season.  You have to like their chances of being a near-the-top seed in Division 3 North come tourney time.

Amesbury box

Newburyport box

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Abbie Sartori stopped by Katie Hadden

Abbie Sartori stopped by Katie Hadden

Julie LaMontagne goes for a baseline drive

Julie LaMontagne goes for a baseline drive

Katie Hadden stops Julia LaMontagne

Katie Hadden stops Julia LaMontagne

Flannery O'Connor tries to get the ball from Katie Hadden

Flannery O’Connor tries to get the ball from Katie Hadden

Abbie Sartori blocks Anna Hickman's shot

Abbie Sartori blocks Anna Hickman’s shot

Flannery O'Connor (12 points) looks to score

Flannery O’Connor (12 points) looks to score

Crucial late-game jump ball

Crucial late-game jump ball






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Third quarter surge key in undefeated Amesbury’s 44-30 win over Triton

Flannery O'Connor (#12) had ten points for Amesbury in the third period.

Flannery O’Connor (#12) had ten points for Amesbury in the third period.

Tessa Lafrance (15 points) was shadowed by Maddie Napoli

Tessa Lafrance (15 points) was shadowed by Maddie Napoli

(Byfield MA) Amesbury (11-0) remains unbeaten after defeating Triton, 44-30, on Monday night in Cape Ann League action.

This game was anything but pretty as the two teams combined for forty-three turnovers and nineteen missed free throws.

How did Amesbury win?  The Indians had a 19-3 third quarter.  Flannery O’Connor (16 points) had ten points and two assists in the breakaway frame.  The Vikings (6-4), meanwhile, had seven turnovers in that same quarter and didn’t score at all in the final four minutes.

The run of good offense/defense by Amesbury brightened a dismal 18-18 first half for both teams.

Triton “won” the other three quarters but certainly not the crucial third quarter and that cost the home team.

Another factor in the Indians’ victory was the denial defense Maddie Napoli played on Tessa Lafrance.  Tessa did get fifteen points but eight of them were in the final quarter.

Outside accuracy was almost non-existent for both teams.  Amesbury found layups off turnovers and rebound breakouts.

It turned out that Amesbury had an excellent 2-2-1 pressing defense but because of their infrequent baskets we didn’t see much of it in the first half.

Sophomore Flannery O'Connor

Sophomore Flannery O’Connor

Late in the third period, however, was a different story, as AHS turned pressure into points.  The Indians closed the 3rd quarter with ten straight points.  Flannery had eight of those points; two of them off Triton turnovers, one on a full-court layup, and a 4th on a feed from Ali Napoli.

Given the opportunity in the first half to function without facing full-court pressure, Triton was much more comfortable.  They passed the ball and they saw to it that Erin Savage was in a position to make plays.

Defensively in the first half, the Vikings forced long shots and really swallowed up Amesbury penetrations.

At halftime, you didn’t know how the second half might go.  The Indians, however, did play most of the first half without foul-plagued Flannery.  The sophomore certainly made a difference in the third quarter.  She can rebound, pass, and score inside.

One scary moment in this game was when Maddie Napoli dove into the stands to save a ball.  Maddie collided with a man holding a baby as she saved the ball to her sister Ali.  Ali made a layup while Maddie made sure that things were okay in the stands…….and they were.

Amesbury came into this game averaging sixty-four points per outing.

Amesbury matched last season’s win total with their eleventh win.

The Vikings had won four straight before losing their last two.

The undefeated Indians have yet to face Pentucket, Newburyport, and Manchester-Essex.  All of those teams have winning records.

Tessa Lafrance puts in a rebound

Tessa Lafrance puts in a rebound

Amesbury’s next game is Tuesday hosting non-league Stoneham.

Triton visits Essex Tech on Wednesday.

Julia LaMontagne had five baskets and four of them were off feeds from Flannery O’Connor.

Triton box from the game

Amesbury box from the game

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Ali Napoli scores while her sister Maddie checks on spectators.

Ali Napoli scores while her sister Maddie (in the background) checks on spectators.

loose ball

loose ball

Maddie Napoli gets to the basket

Maddie Napoli gets to the basket

Chelsea Lynch shoots over Mel Primpas

Chelsea Lynch shoots over Mel Primpas

Maddie Napoli in heavy Triton traffic

Maddie Napoli in heavy Triton traffic

Kate Carter

Kate Carter

Tessa Lafrance on a break with Abbie Sartori chasing

Tessa Lafrance on a break with Abbie Sartori chasing

Abbie Sartori tries to stop Erin Savage

Abbie Sartori tries to stop Erin Savage

Bridget Sheehan looks for an opening

Bridget Sheehan looks for an opening

Chelsea Lynch surrounded by a trio of Vikings

Chelsea Lynch surrounded by a trio of Vikings

Erin Savage and Abbie Sartori

Abbie Sartori and Erin Savage


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Great free throw shooting earns Amesbury a 76-59 win over Ipswich

Kyle Martin (21 points) at the line

Kyle Martin (21 points) at the line

(Amesbury MA) The Amesbury Indians used their size and excellent free throw shooting to defeat Ipswich, 76-59, on Thursday night in Cape Ann League play.

Kyle Martin paced the home team with twenty-one points.

Amesbury (2-1) employed an active 2-3 zone that kept Ipswich away from second chances and limited the Tigers (2-2) to long-range opportunities.  Even the long-range Ipswich tries were heavily contested by the taller Indians.

The Tigers took an early 4-2 lead but went cold for over four minutes while Amesbury ran fourteen straight points to create separation, 16-4, in the first quarter.  Kyle Martin contributed five points while Ryan Patterson (11 points) added two fast-break layins.

Amesbury was intent on breaking after every rebound and they had plenty of fast-break chances.

Zach Long made four 3's for Ipswich

Zach Long made four 3’s for Ipswich

The Indians had a 12-turnover second period and let the visitors back into the game.  Two consecutive 3’s by junior Zach Long forced Amesbury out of the zone defense and Ipswich was able to get to within five (30-25) on a third Zach Long three with less than two minutes left in the 2nd quarter.

Amesbury returned to their zone defense and Ipswich resumed struggling to get scores.

Amesbury led, 32-25, at the half.

The Indians took control of the game in the 3rd period.  They frequently took the ball to the basket to get points.  Plenty of fouls were called and Amesbury was remarkable at the foul line making 24-of-28 in the second half.

Amesbury had the lead to twelve (37-25) a minute into the third quarter after a three by Will Parady (15 points) and a layup by Tim Hudson assisted by Will Parady.

A run of eight unanswered later in that quarter elevated the gap to nineteen (50-31) with less than two minutes to go.  Four free throws by Kyle Martin (he made ten of twelve) and fast-break layups by John Sydlowski and Tim Hudson provided the points.

The final separation had been established and Amesbury went on to get their second win of the season.  They have now defeated Ipswich three straight times.

Will Parady (15 points) in plenty of Ipswich traffic

Will Parady (15 points) in plenty of Ipswich traffic

Ben Yanakakis (12 points) connected three times from downtown in the final quarter for the Tigers.

The foul shooting of Amesbury was impressive.  They only hit three of seven in the first quarter but after that they were 32-for-36.  That will win you a lot of games!

What won’t win a lot of games, however, were the plethora of turnovers.  Neither team took good care of the ball.  I had Ipswich for thirty-one turnovers while Amesbury had twenty-seven miscues.  That will lose you a lot of games!

Amesbury was still able to win because they could get close to the basket and score or cash in from the line.

Ipswich lived outside (made ten 3’s) and capitalized on some of the Amesbury turnovers.

The Tigers were 10-10 last season and made the MIAA tourney for the first time since 2008.

Amesbury was 12-7 last year and went out in the first round in the tournament at home to Saugus.  I covered that game.

The Indians graduated all five starters but have the size to cause teams trouble.  They will have to learn to take much better care of the ball to get another 12-win season in my opinion.

Ipswich box from the game

Amesbury box from the game

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Zach Labrecque (22) goes for the block

Zach Labrecque (22) goes for the block

Chris Levasseur screens for Kilian Morrissey

Chris Levasseur screens for Kilian Morrissey

Amesbury cheerleaders

Amesbury cheerleaders

Cam Leary (11) looks for an inbounds pass

Cam Leary (11) looks for an inbounds pass

Kyle Martin made ten free thows

Kyle Martin made ten free thows

Kyle Martin surrounded by Tigers

Kyle Martin surrounded by Tigers

Ryan Patterson (4) defended by Jason Finkst

Ryan Patterson (4) defended by Jason Finkst

Ben Yanakakis (5) and Jarod Day (2)

Ben Yanakakis (5) and Jarod Day (2)

John Sydlowski drives

John Sydlowski drives


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