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Undefeated Whittier wins easily over Greater Lowell 70-40 in girls basketball

Michaela Martin (24 points) gets in close as Catherine Sweeney tries to avoid fouling

Michaela Martin (24 points) gets in close as Catherine Sweeney tries to avoid fouling

Andrea Terranova (8 points) looks for an opening

Andrea Terranova (8 points) looks for an opening

(Haverhill)  Undefeated Whittier was terrific on both ends of the court and gained its fifteen win routing Greater Lowell, 70-40, in Commonwealth Conference action on Tuesday night.

Whittier has two losses on their record but those were exclusion games (don’t count in the standings) with Division 1 Brockton.

The way this game went was a big surprise because in an earlier meeting in January, the Wildcats (15-0) needed a strong final quarter to get a, 53-47, win.

This time any doubts about the outcome were settled by halftime as the home team led, 36-18.

The Gryphons (13-4) had serious trouble with the Whittier pressure from beginning to end.  I counted thirty-six turnovers against the visitors from Tyngsboro.  Seven of those mishandles were turned into instant layups.

Kayla Riley tries to split the Greater Lowell defense

Kayla Riley tries to split the Greater Lowell defense

The Wildcats were willing and able to use their speed on almost every possession.  They broke out after rebounding and many times outnumbered the defending Gryphons as a result.

Trying to play catch-up defense led to many GL fouls.  The Gryphons leading scorer, Catherine Sweeney, was a foul magnet and ended up playing very few minutes in the first half.

Greater Lowell, despite six turnovers, was in front, 5-4, in the first four minutes.  The rest of the first quarter, however,  was all Whittier as they went on a 10-2 run.

Sophomore Michaela Martin (24 points) turned two steals into baskets and also had a free throw during the surge.  The Wildcats led, 17-7, after a quarter.

Whittier’s advantage was, 30-18, with three minutes to go in the second quarter.  The Wildcats then did all of the scoring (six points) the rest of the quarter to extend their lead to, 36-18.  A successful jump shot by Samnell Vonleh (12 points) and two more layups for Michaela Martin produced the six points.

Taylor Sweeney (17 points)

Taylor Sweeney (17 points)

Taylor Sweeney (17 points) tallied eleven of her points in the first half for Greater Lowell.

The Gryphons had thirteen turnovers in the third quarter and their deficit reached twenty-six (54-26).

Kiana Guadaloupa connected on consecutive three’s in the final quarter.

Both teams are in Division 4.  It would be easy to see Whittier as one of the top D4 seeds in the post-season tournament.

I covered Whittier’s home loss in the first round last season to Georgetown.

The speed of Whittier was impressive.

The Wildcats have one senior (Jose Sanchez).  Most of the Whittier point producers were sophomores.

Samnell Vonleh (12 points) defended by Catherine Sweeney

Samnell Vonleh (12 points) defended by Catherine Sweeney

Sophomore Samnell Vonleh (6’4”) is developing a touch around the basket.  She can already rebound and block shots.  I saw her brother (Noah) play for New Hampton Prep in their win at Brewster Academy.  Noah has committed to Indiana.

Greater Lowell has now lost two straight.  They had a seven-game winning streak before the losses.

Whittier coach Kevin Bradley did the pre-game introductions.

Whittier box score

Greater Lowell box score

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Kiana Guadaloupa hit consecutive long shots

Kiana Guadaloupa hit consecutive long shots

Kayla Riley shoots in traffic

Kayla Riley shoots in traffic

Amanda Gage gets two

Amanda Gage gets two

Samantha Som breaks in

Samantha Som breaks in

Greater Lowell coach Brian Martin

Greater Lowell coach Brian Martin

Michaela Martin and Amanda Gage

Michaela Martin and Amanda Gage

 

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Pentucket holds off Greater Lowell Tech 58-57 in boys basketball

Gbah Dualu gets caught in a triple-team in the closing seconds of the game.

Gbah Dualu gets caught in a triple-team in the closing seconds of the game.

Gbah Dualu (22 points) defended by Ryan Kuchar (19 points)

Gbah Dualu (22 points) defended by Ryan Kuchar (19 points)

(West Newbury)  The Pentucket Sachems came out on the right end of a back-and-forth final quarter and defeated Greater Lowell Tech, 58-57, on Thursday night in non-league boys action.

There were seven lead changes in the exciting fourth quarter.

The visiting Gryphons (4-6) had two possessions in the final minute to respond to Mike Aiduk’s layup (assist to Jake Bordeianu) that put the Sachems (3-7) in front, 58-57.

On the first possession, Gbah Dualu (22 points) settled for an outside shot (which he missed) .  On the second possession, the speedster was cornered by three Pentucket defenders and forced a shot that drew air as the game ended.

Pentucket started fast against the GLT man-to-man defense running ten straight points to get up 12-2 after 3 ½ minutes.  Once the team from Tyngsboro shifted into an active zone things went much better for them.

The Gryphons closed to 12-9 in the first quarter and stay close (22-19) in the second quarter.  The Sachem lead was 27-22 at the half.

Ryan Kuchar (19 points) had seven in the first quarter.  Anthony Zeoli (13 points) had nine in the second quarter including a three from the right corner that went in off the backboard.

Jayson Colon hit consecutive long shots

Jayson Colon hit consecutive long shots

Pentucket would build their lead up to 36-27 in the third after a layup and a three by junior Ryan Kuchar.  However, that nine-point lead evaporated over the next 1 ½ minutes as freshman Mechach Dunn drove the lane and Jayson Colon followed with two straight 3’s.

Suddenly the Gryphons were within one (36-35) and just as suddenly Sachem coach Ed Hickey called a timeout as he surely wondered why Jayson was completely unguarded on his second 3-point attempt.

Greater Lowell finally took its first lead of the game (39-38) as Winston Smith’s converted rebound ended the scoring in the third quarter.

As I said earlier, there were seven lead changes in the last quarter.  The Gryphons got up by as many as three (45-42) and the Sachems led by as many as five (56-51).

Pentucket took that five-point lead on Calvin Wiles (13 points) long one with 1:15 left in the game but in less than ten seconds Gbah Dualu answered with a three for GLT to cut the lead to two.

Mike Aiduk, here defended by Raul Navarro, would later score the winning basket for Pentucket

Mike Aiduk, here defended by Raul Navarro, would later score the winning basket for Pentucket

Mike Aiduk (10 points) tallied what turned out to be the winning basket with fifty seconds left before Gbah drove the length of the court for a layup and a free throw.

So the last forty-five seconds were played with Pentucket clinging to a one-point advantage.

Somehow the Sachems went home with the win despite two turnovers and a front end of a one-and-one miss by Ryan Kuchar.

The Gryphons had two possessions to tie or win the game.  I was very surprised when Gbah settled for a jump shot on the first one.  He had the speed and strength to get to the rim and had done it several times during the game.

Mike Aiduk fouls Jayson Colon with five seconds left

Mike Aiduk fouls Jayson Colon with five seconds left

The second possession, with eleven seconds left, was undone by an Ed Hickey coaching decision to foul since his team had one to waste.  Jayson Colon ended up dribbling away almost eight seconds before Mike Aiduk fouled him.  Greater Lowell now had only 4.9 seconds to do something from half court.

Gbah took the inbounds pass and was triple-teamed by the Sachems. This excellent defense left him with no openings and no time. He had to fire quickly and the shot wasn’t close.

Greater Lowell is in the Commonwealth Athletic Conference and is in Division 3 as our the Sachems.  There is only one senior (Christian Marbelt) on the team.  Their next game is at North Shore/Essex on January 22nd.

The Sachems will host Manchester-Essex tomorrow (Friday).

Jake Chory looks for a pass

Jake Chory looks for a pass

Pentucket made eight three’s.

Greater Lowell defeated Chelsea, 56-54, on January 15th.

A gryphon is a legendary creature with the head, talons, and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion.

Pentucket box score

Greater Lowell box score

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Jake Bordeianu blocks the shot of Mechach Dunn

Jake Bordeianu blocks the shot of Mechach Dunn

Gbah Dualu makes a layup on the fly

Gbah Dualu makes a layup on the fly

Calvin Wiles (13 points) and Christian Marbelt

Calvin Wiles (13 points) and Christian Marbelt

fast break

fast break

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Georgetown Girls Are D3 North Soccer Champs

Georgetown trophy pose 11-15-09

Georgetown girls pose with D3 North soccer championship trophy at Manning Field

(Lynn) I didn’t see any hats fly out of the stands but Georgetown’s Nicoline Holland registered three goals – now 20 for the season – in the first half and the Royals soccer girls won the Division 3 North Finals on Sunday afternoon at Manning Field.

Last time I was on Manning Field was November 16, 2008 and it was raw and windy.  Today, it was close to 60 degrees with no wind – beautiful weather.  In that year-ago visit, I saw the Georgetown boys soccer team get eliminated in the D3 North finals by Hamilton-Wenham, 2-1.

It didn’t take long to see that the Georgetown girls would not suffer the same fate versus the Greater Lowell Tech Gryphons.  Way too many quality players on the Georgetown team.  The Royals put numerous passes together throughout this game and controlled the time of possession decisively.

Georgetown displayed plenty of good dribbling, passing, and being available to support teammates in trouble.  Greater Lowell had little or any of that.  This was my first look at Georgetown and I came away most impressed with defender Kelly Chickering – excellent speed and covered a lot of ground.

All three of Nicoline Holland’s goals came from in close.  She headed one in and got a good foot on two others for scores from near the goal.  At least one of them came from a corner kick.

Georgetown pulled Jamie Block out of the goal for the second half and the freshman assisted on goal #4 that Casey Decareau tallied midway through the second half.

Emma Cannon closed out the scoring with under four minutes left.

Convincing win?  No question.  I have no idea how good the three Division 3 teams still standing are, though.

This was Royal 4th year coach Colleen Gibbs first trip to the Division 3 Finals and now she gets to the state semifinals against the South winner.

Does this team have another victory crossing in them??

 

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