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Pentucket advances to D2 North semi-finals with 61-34 win versus Wilmington

Kylie DuCharme brings the ball up the court against Pentucket pressure

Maddi Doyle guards Jenna Tavanese

(West Newbury MA) “No amount of scouting can help you against that kind of defense.”

That was what Wilmington coach Jessica Robinson said after her Wildcats fell to Pentucket, 61-34, in the Division 2 North quarter-finals on Thursday night.

The Sachems (20-3) move on to the semi-finals on Tuesday night against #4 Swampscott at Whittier.

The top-seed hounded #8 Wilmington into twenty-five turnovers and kept the Wildcats from functioning smoothly on offense for much of the game.

“We work hard on defense,” said Pentucket coach John McNamara.  “They had a couple of very good players and so we had to key on them.”

Jenna Tavanese (2) paced Wilmington with fifteen points.

One of those players was junior Jenna Tavanese (15 points).  Jenna hit two 3’s and Olivia Almeida added another during 1 ½ minutes of the first quarter.  That burst of great shooting propelled the visitors into a, 9-4, lead with three minutes left in that quarter.  Sophomore Kylie DuCharme assisted in all three triples.

“We were definitely nervous in the early going,” explained Pentucket senior Jess Galvin afterwards.  “We were getting used to the crowd.”

Once the team from the Cape Ann League settled in, the Wildcats were in trouble.  The Sachems trapping stymied the offensive flow of Wilmington and when Pentucket’s offense began to click, this game turned in their favor.

Pentucket answered the Wilmington 3’s with two of their own (Anna Wyner & Angelina Yacubacci) plus a layup from Angelina (17 points).

The Sachems led 12-11 after one quarter.

Full-court pressure by Pentucket.

The home team took the lead for good early in the second quarter after Liv Cross converted a rebound and teammate Maddi Doyle drained a three.

Jess Galvin (10 points)

Up by two (17-15) three minutes into the 2nd quarter, the Sachems put a 10-2 segment together (featuring 3’s from MacKenzie Currie and Jess Galvin) and the spread rose to double digits (28-17).

Pentucket led, 33-22 at the half.

“We hung in there with them for a while,” said Coach Robinson, “but we ran out of offensive gas.”

Credit the persistent Pentucket pressure with wearing down the team from the Middlesex League.

Gabby Bond gets a shot

“Our main focus is defense,” said Jess Galvin.  “Coach has said all four years that defense wins games and I agree.”

The Wildcats (12-9) were able to draw within ten (38-28) after Jenna Tavanese hit a three and made a free throw with 3:25 to go in the third quarter.

Thereafter it was all Pentucket.

“We gave up a lot of easy baskets in the first half,” said Coach McNamara, “we did much better defensively in the second half.”

Wilmington scored two baskets in the last minute of the game.  Other than that, the Sachems turned their ten-point lead (38-28) into a 59-30 spread.  That’s a 21-2 segment!

Jess Galvin (10 points) led the Pentucket surge.  She had a beyond-the-arc three, an old-fashioned three, and a free throw.

Cassidy Collins defends

“We work hard in practice,” said Jess.  “Coach gets all the offenses and defenses that the other teams play, and we just execute against them.  Coach always changes things up so that teams won’t know what’s coming.”

One of the key Pentucket defenders was junior Angelica Hurley.  Angelica scored only two points but her defense on sophomore Kylie DuCharme (4 points) was significant.

“Angelica did a great job defensively,” explained Coach McNamara.  “She sacrificed her offensive game to play defense like that.  It is what you have to do in the tournament to advance.”

Coach Robinson: “We were hoping to keep this game in the 30’s and 40’s because then we could hang with them offensively, but it got out of hand for us.”

Maddi Doyle under pressure

Jess Galvin: “I’m looking at UMass Amherst next year.  I am going to try and play basketball there.  I want to study sports business.”

Former Sachem Tess Noguiera was in the house.  She was part of the Pentucket state championship team in 2012.  From Pentucket she went to WPI where she was also on a championship team.  She now works at Raytheon.

Good crowd.  Bleachers were added to the bench side of the gym.

Pentucket box

Wilmington box

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

Angelica Hurley, Kylie DuCharme, Jenna Tavanese

Angelica Hurley with a steal

Anne Wingate (10)

Arielle Cleveland in the open court

Double-team by Pentucket

Kylie DuCharme finds Gabby Bond (44)

Tight defense by Angelica Hurley on Kylie DuCharme

 

 

 

 

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Triton volleyball falls in 5th set to Wilmington

Gabby Bond (20) and Gianna Brunetto (7) up to block for Wilmington

Colleen McCarthy, Caitie Rooney, Savannah Nolan, and Molly McInning

Gabby Bond (20) hits

(Byfield MA) I tell you, it’s that senior night thing!

Once again, the celebrating team (Triton in this case) falls short and the visitor (Wilmington) is celebrating when the match ends.

In a rematch, Wilmington escaped with a 3-2 win on Wednesday night in non-league play.

The Vikings (4-14) had been shut down 3-0 in the previous meeting with the Wildcats (7-12).

Hands on the ball

This time around Triton was more of a challenge to Wilmington, although it didn’t start out that way.

The team from the Middlesex League rallied late to sweep the first two sets, 25-22 and 25-20.  Looked like a short night for the Cape Ann League entry.

But not this time. The Vikings pulled away from an 18-18 tie to take the third set and then dominated the 4th set 25-16.

That momentum continued into the last set for Triton.  They started out 9-6 and looked to be heading for a very happy ending.

But the Wildcats had other plans.  “We were playing not to lose,” recalled Wilmington coach Bruce Shainwald.  “We needed to attack and that’s what we did.”

Led by server Anna Rideout, the Wildcats rolled off seven unanswered points to go up 13-9.  Triton put a stop to the run briefly, but the Wildcats finished strong to win 15-11.

Colleen McCarthy sets

“It was a good match,” said Triton coach Bob Van Etten afterwards. “We showed good fight coming back after being down two games and we had the lead in the final set.”

“We were determined not to lose that last game,” Wildcats Gabby Bond told me after the match.  The Wilmington senior is hoping to go to UConn next year and train to be a physician’s assistant.

Triton honored four seniors before the game; Colleen McCarthy, Caitie Rooney, Savannah Nolan, and Molly McInnis.

Savannah had a strong game for the Vikings on the front line.

“I am looking forward to next year,” said Coach Van Etten. “We had a very successful JV team, so we’ll be adding some good girls to the varsity next year.”

Caitie Rooney keeps the ball in play

The hardest replacement?  “Caitie Rooney, she’s an awesome setter.”  Caitie was a Cape Ann League All-Star last year.

I was impressed with Wilmington’s setter, Britt Cimaglia.  “She is very good but she was getting tired at the end,” said Coach Shainwald, “and she was having trouble setting the ball up high enough.”

Both Britt and teammate Maeve Cadogan were excellent at serving.

This is only Triton’s fifth season having volleyball.  Their best season so far was 2015 when they went 5-11.

Server Anna Rideout

Neither team tonight had devastating hitters.  That forced longer volleys and more excitement in my opinion.

The Wildcats were 9-11 last season.  2004 was the most recent season that they qualified for the post season.

I will not attempt to dazzle you with any stats since I didn’t pick any up after the game.

Congratulations to the Red Sox for the Game 2 win.  I will never learn that watching a game on TV and writing up a game at the same time, limits both activities!

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

Setter Britt Cimaglia

Savannah Andersen (5)

Savannah Nolan and Gianna Brunetto (7)

Wilmington back row

Gabby Bond (20) returns

Julia Willson (10) hits

Linda Freeman (26) and Maeve Cadogan (3)

Maeve Cadogan hits while Savannah Nolan (7) waits to block

Maeve Cadogan serves

Freshman Mia Berardino (13) elevates

Nicole Trotta hits

Paige Volpone ready to help

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Wilmington Boys Avenge Earlier Loss to North Andover 62-56

Nick Godzyk (#12) sails in for a layup with thirty seconds left.

Tim McCarthy closes out North Andover with two free throws with ten seconds left.

(North Andover) Wilmington took the lead with 5 ½ minutes left and never let go defeating North Andover, 62-56, before a Senior Day crowd on Friday night in Cape Ann League play.

Wilmington (13-3) was coming off two straight losses, including the most recent to winless Ipswich.  The Wildcats gave no early indication that could compete with the Knights getting just seven points in the first period on 1-for-16 shooting.

The rest of the way Wilmington shot over 50% (25-for-45), turning up open shots in transition as well as numerous layups after slashes to the basket.

North Andover (14-3) had won the first match (62-58 at Wilmington) between these two and dominated early in front of a terrific high school crowd.  The Knights built a lead of nine (23-14) in the first half and looked to be the better team with their size and early effectiveness close to the basket.

The Knights, however, missed their first eight shots in the second half and Wilmington took advantage pulling in front (32-29) for the first time, since an early 2-0 lead, thanks to five straight points from Vinny Scifo (20 points).

Vinny pushed that lead to six (46-40) early in the last quarter on yet another slash to the basket.  At this point, Wilmington looked to be on its way to a win.

But the Knights came right back and regained the lead with seven straight points (a jumper by Derek Collins and a layup and a three from Zach Karalis).

A layup by Wildcat Tim McCarthy (10 points) and a free throw from Knight Colby Smith tied the score at 48-48 and the stage was set for the final 5 ½ minutes.

A driving layup by Vinny broke the tie and put Wilmington ahead by two and remarkably that lead held up.  North Andover had four possessions in which they could have tied or regained the lead but came up empty missing a number of high percentage shots.

The winning basket turned out to be a jumper in the lane from Tim McCarthy with 1:23 left increasing Wilmington’s lead to, 58-53.  Next two possessions the Knights surrounded a Wilmington 5-second violation with three free throws but Nick Godzyk’s layup with thirty seconds left (pictured above) pushed the lead back to four (60-56).  Isaiah Nelsen air-balled a three and Tim McCarthy added two free throws at the end to finish the scoring.

Zach Karalis, here defending Tim McCarthy, collected 22 points for the Knights.

Zach Karalis (22 points) showed an assortment of shots and a willingness to set up other teammates.  The Knights ran a number of two-player maneuvers but struggled to finish in crunch time.

Vinny Scifo, Tim McCarthy, and Nick Godzyk put on a driving clinic.  Vinny was so good at it that he was never fouled.  Tim did get fouled and was 6-for-6 including two with ten seconds left.

This was a matchup between two of the best teams in Division 2.  Both of them have made the post-season already.  They both looked capable of doing very well in the tournament.

(I collect my own stats, take my own pictures, and draw my own conclusions.  Any mistakes are unintentional.)

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