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Pentucket hits eleven 3’s in 68-44 win over Newburyport

Angelina Yacubacci applies the D to Sami Cavanaugh

Angelica Hurley had twenty-one points for Pentucket including four 3’s

(West Newbury MA) The Pentucket defense always catches your eye.

There are times when you’re sure that the Sachems must be using extra players because of the way they double team opponents.

Tonight their defense was good but 3-point shooting was even better as they defeated Newburyport, 68-44, on a very cold Monday evening.

Pentucket (12-1) has now won nine straight and have the best record in Division 2 North.  Swampscott is the only other D2 North team with one loss, but they’ve only won eight games.

Newburyport’s first-year coach Karen Grutchfield saw Pentucket in person for the first time. “They’re too good if we’re not smarter on each possession.”

The Sachems had good offense going from the get-go.  They jumped ahead 8-2 and ran that lead to 19-9 with two minutes left in the first quarter.  By then Pentucket had already drained three 3’s and they added another triple before the quarter ended and led, 23-9.

The Sachems would edge further ahead (36-18) at the half.

Abi Gillingham (11 points) gets two for Newburyport

The first two minutes of the second half settled the outcome.  Three different Sachems dropped three’s while at the same time NHS was held scoreless and had two turnovers.

Angelica Hurley (21 points) had the first triple after the possession was kept alive with two offensive rebounds.

Next it was Maddie Doyle assisted by Angelina Yacubacci.

Finally, Arielle Cleveland joined the 3-fest assisted by Angelica Hurley.

Those two minutes of long-range accuracy combined with shutdown defense extended the Sachem lead to 45-18.

“I give Newburyport credit,” said Coach John McNamara after the game.  “I thought that they out-hustled us in the second half.”

Center-court battle between Katie Hadden and Maddie Doyle

The Clippers (6-5) did put a nice run of ten unanswered points together at the end of the third quarter.  Both Katie Hadden and Anna Hickman (14 points) had multiple baskets during this stretch.

“The reason we won tonight was because we played together as a team,” explained Angelina Yacubacci afterwards.  That teamwork showed itself on defense as the Clippers had little space even to attempt 3-point shots.  The telling statistic was that Pentucket made eleven 3’s while Newburyport didn’t get any.

Coach Grutchfield: “It took us a while to get acclimated to what they were doing.  We have to be smarter with the ball and make better decisions.  I think that we can compete with them if we play better.”

Coach McNamara: “It’s human nature to let up.  We were up-and-down in the second half which isn’t always going to cut it.  We need to be more consistent.  We’ve got some work to do.”

Angelina Yacubacci (22)

Angelina: “We need to work on executing our offense better.”

Coach McNamara regarding all the made three’s: “I don’t know if they’re a good thing or a bad thing.  Maybe we’re settling too much?”

Angelica Hurley paced Pentucket with twenty-one points, including four three’s.

Jess Galvin had sixteen points with eleven of them in the breakaway first quarter.  She also had four triples.

Anna Hickman led Newburyport (14 points) and teammate Abi Gillingham added eleven points.

Kelsi McNamara (St. Joe’s) was in the house.

Bob Melillo (North Reading) and Bob Romeo (Masco) were also in the house looking at future opponents.

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Pentucket box

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Megan Reading (33) and Sadie Vandenberg (22) look for a free throw miss

Meg Winn guards Angelina Yacubacci

Pentucket defense gangs up on Meg Winn

Angelica Hurley drives past Maggie Pons

Casey Snow (11) heads for the hoop

Greta Mauer (14)

Jess Galvin had eleven points in the first quarter






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Strong second half sends Newburyport to 65-49 win over North Reading

Sami Cavanaugh (15 points) keyed the Clippers second half comeback

Ali Grasso (23 points)

(Newburyport MA) It isn’t often that you go to one game and see two of them.

If all you saw was the first half of tonight’s Newburyport/North Reading game, you would have been very impressed with the Hornets.  They made shots in close and from long range (five 3’s).  The North Reading defense forced nine turnovers in the first half and Julia Howse had several blocks on layup attempts. Junior Ali Grasso had thirteen points and NR led, 35-27.

Fortunately for Newburyport there was a second half and it was their turn to dazzle.  The Clippers caught the Hornets in the third quarter and blew the visitors out in the final quarter to win, 65-49.

“That was us in the first half,” said North Reading coach Bob Melillo afterwards.  “We didn’t play defense in the second half.”

The high NHS point total was a big surprise to the NR coach.  “We gave up 65 points.  We never give up 65 points to anyone.”

Newburyport fast break

Junior Sami Cavanaugh (15 points) explained how things got turned around: “Coach (Grutchfield) told us at halftime, ‘No second shots.  Be smart on offense.  No turnovers.  Every possession counts.”

Newburyport (6-4) has now won six of their last seven games.  “We can compete with anyone when we play well,” explained NHS coach Karen Grutchfield.

One significant improvement was lessening the turnovers.  In this game the Clippers had nine TOs in the first quarter but had only ten more over the final three periods.

“When we attack offensively, we’re a different team,” added Coach Grutchfield. “Tonight, we had four players in double figures.”

Katie Hadden (11 points) battles for a rebound

Sami Cavanaugh (15) led the Clippers.  Anna Hickman (12), Katie Hadden (11), and Meg Winn (11) were also in double figures.

Junior Ali Grasso (23 points) led the Hornets.

A key to the Newburyport win?  Ali Grasso had only two points in the final quarter.

The teams were tied, 44-44, going into that final quarter.

The Clippers tight defense, with Sami Cavanaugh covering Ali Grasso, limited the visitors to one Ali drive in the first four minutes.  Meanwhile, the Clippers get-to-the-basket approach turned up three layups, and four free throws.  Meg Winn added a triple.  That’s a thirteen-point collection!

The burst of good everything separated the Clippers, 57-46, from NR and the Hornets couldn’t recover.

Coach Grutchfield: “The game was called so tight.  Our team seemed to adjust to it better than they did.”

The Clippers now 6-4 started the season with three straight losses. “The story of our season has been too many turnovers,” said Coach Grutchfield.  “We talk a lot about protecting the ball.”

North Reading (7-3) had won four straight games prior to tonight’s loss.

The Hornets defeated Newburyport, 53-45, in December at North Reading.  Casey McAuliffe had seventeen for NR in the win.  Tonight, Casey ended with seven points and none of them after the first minute of the second period.

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Newburyport box

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Anna Hickman (12 points) out front

Casey McAuliffe (10) in where shots get blocked

Maggie Pons (3) and Jessica Rosseau (44)

Maggie Pons in for two

Mia DeNofrio

Next generation





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Newburyport moves on with 59-47 win over Tewksbury

Clippers celebrate a tourney win

Anna Hickman (17 points) gets an open look

(Newburyport MA) Newburyport wins their Division 2 North tourney opener, 59-47, over Tewksbury on Monday night at Newburyport.

The Clippers were led by Anna Hickman (17 points) and Krysta Padellaro (13 points).

“I thought that we played great once we settled in,” said NHS coach Gregg Dollas afterwards.

The Clippers (15-6) went down 12-6 early but recovered to get the lead (15-14) for good at the end of the first quarter on Katie Hadden’s 3-point, buzzer beater.

Both teams pressed but fouls took their toll on the Redmen.  “We got off to a great start with pressure,” said Redmen coach Mark Bradley, “and then fouls got us out of it.”

Izzy Picher corrals a loose ball

Newburyport got points from everyone that played.  An eight-to-two run in the second quarter had points from Abi Gillingham, Anna Hickman, Maggie Pons, and Krysta Padellaro.  That run put NHS ahead, 28-19, with two minutes left in the second quarter.

Credit Tewksbury.  Down they were but not out.  With 2 ½ minutes to go in the third quarter the Redmen were only trailing, 34-32.  Haley Mignon and senior Izzy Picher posted five points each during the comeback.

“It was a one-possession game,” recalled Tewksbury coach Mark Bradley, “and then they went on a run.  We had some critical turnovers.”

Newburyport, meanwhile, put points together led by senior Krysta Padellaro.  “Krysta was very good tonight,” said Coach Dollas.  “She passed well and didn’t try to do too much.”

Allie Wild (15) and Krysta Padellaro (15)

The Clippers would put a 13-2 segment together by the six-minute mark of the final quarter.  Krysta was a key participant. She started things with a turn-two.  The “two” part wasn’t easy because shot blocker Allie Wild was with her step-for-step on the race to the other end.  Krysta was clever enough to jam on her brakes and up-fake just before shooting and that gave her space to finish the layup as Allie ran by her.

Krysta also added two free throws and a 3-pointer in this crucial segment.

The Redmen (12-9) could get no closer than eight over the final six minutes.

Julia Cafferty (14 points) paced the Redmen getting nine of those points in the first half.

Erin Gallella finished with ten points.  Her twin sister Lizzie missed the game with an illness.

Anna Hickman finished with seventeen points.  Her ability to make three’s, runners, and layups makes her tough to guard.

There were a number of defenses used in this game.  I thought that Newburyport’s trapping defense was the most effective.

The Redmen had four turnovers after they pulled with two points of the Clippers in the third quarter.

Ahead for Newburyport is Pentucket.  “After we lost to them a second time we said we wanted another chance at them and now we’re going to get it,” said Coach Dollas.

Haley Mignon (23) hustles back to prevent a layup

Hustle play of the game?  After one of several Krysta Padellaro steals, it looked like an easy layup for Krysta but Haley Mignon raced to the other end and not only deflected the layup attempt but also didn’t foul.

Paige Gouldthorpe did a powerful job (as usual) with the National Anthem.

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Tewksbury box

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Katie Hadden dribbles against pressure

Erin Gallella (10 points) tries the lane

Battle for a rebound

Allie Wild (15) blocks Anna Hickman’s shot

Alexis Polimeno (3), Katie Hadden (11), and Izzy Picher (32) watch a free throw attempt

Julia Cafferty (14 points) guards Krysta Padellaro

Allie Wild guards Katie Hadden

Krysta Padellaro sets to pass ahead to Anna Hickman

Sami Cavanaugh (5)

Anna Hickman shoots over Kiley Tibbetts

Krysta Padellaro gets in among four Redmen

Katie Hadden in the middle of three Redmen






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Newburyport turns fast start into 58-41 win over Ipswich

Anna Hickman (15 points) had thirteen points early to get Newburyport off to a great start

Krysta Padellaro (15 points) ahead of the Tigers for a layup

(Newburyport MA) Wait until they’ve been together for a while!

Newburyport (2-0) put their lack of full-team practice time behind them and defeated Ipswich, 58-41, on Tuesday night in Cape Ann League action.

“Yesterday (Monday) was the first day where we have had the whole team at a practice,” explained Clippers coach Gregg Dollas afterwards.

The lack of practice time together didn’t seem to faze the Clippers (2-0) in the early going against the Tigers (1-1).  The home team ran fifteen straight points in the first quarter and Ipswich never recovered.

NHS was a marvel at both ends of the court for the first 9+ minutes and sailed to a 26-4 advantage.

Extra passes were made, and shots were falling.  Junior Anna Hickman had three 3’s to key the fast Newburyport start.

At the other end, Newburyport jumped into passing lanes and created ten Ipswich turnovers in those same 9+ minutes.

Katherine Noftall (25 points) pressured by Maggie Pons

A rout in the making?  Not so fast.

Newburyport still had a nice lead (30-9) with five minutes to go in the second quarter but the rest of that quarter was all Ipswich as they finished on a 14-1 run.

The scoring combo of freshman Riley Daly and junior Catherine Noftall put up the points for the Tigers bringing the visitors to 31-23 at the half.

“In the second half we passed, moved, and cut more and got open shots, and they were falling,” said Coach Dollos of his team’s play.

Senior Krysta Padellaro (15 points) initiated Newburyport’s second-half separation with six unanswered points. Krysta had assists from Paige Gouldthorpe and Katie Hadden on two of her baskets.

Now up by fourteen (39-25), NHS put the game out of reach from long range.  Sophomore Sammy Cavanaugh turned two feeds from Katie Hadden into 3-pointers in two straight possessions and then assisted Paige Gouldthorpe on yet another long-range shot.  That collection of accuracy stretched the Clippers advantage to 48-29 with two minutes left in the third quarter.

“Sammy Cavanaugh’s three’s were crucial,” said Coach Dollos.  “They gave us separation for good.”

Junior Katherine Noftall (25 points) had a 16-point first half to give Ipswich a chance.

Katherine Noftall defended by Paige Gouldthorpe

“Paige Gouldthorpe did a good job on #13 (Katherine Noftall) in the second half,” added Coach Dollos.  “She also shut down a North Reading shooter in the second half of our first game.  Paige is starting to make a defensive name for herself.”

Impressed by the passing of Katie Hadden.  Unofficially, I had her for six assists.

When things were going well for Newburyport, almost every player would touch the ball during a possession and open shots turned up.

The Newburyport pressure didn’t seem to bother Ipswich.  The Tigers’ trouble was in the half-court. Many of their twenty-one turnovers were off poor passes.

Ipswich freshman point guard Riley Daly had some good moments.  She handled the pressure nicely.

The Tigers will play this season without last year’s top scorer and rebounder, Anna Davis.

Riley Daly (32) leads a break

Newburyport has now defeated Ipswich three straight times.

Krysta Padellaro had nineteen points in the Clippers opening-game win over North Reading.

Any game involving Ipswich is  special to me.  Why?  I taught there thirty-seven years and there are always folks in the crowd that I knew back in the (long ago) day.

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Ipswich box

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Riley Daly and Krysta Padellaro

Katherine Noftall made three 3’s for Ipswich

Maggie Pons about to pass

Paige Gouldthorpe eyes the hoop

Katie Hadden (11) had six assists. Here she draws contact.

Paige Gouldthorpe, defended by Cate Phypers, looks to pass

Abi Gillingham and Deidre O’Flynn


Sadie Vandenberg

Katherine Noftall




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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.

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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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Newburyport brings down undefeated Manchester-Essex 62-47

Newburyport used its speed to get layups

Newburyport used its speed to get layups

Anna Hickman (20 points)

Anna Hickman (20 points)

(Newburyport MA) What a second quarter!

The Newburyport Clippers took the visiting Manchester-Essex Hornets apart in that second frame and took the suspense over the outcome along with it.

The final was 62-47 for this Tuesday night game but if you were on hand one minute into the second quarter you saw the Hornets with a 16-12 lead.

One minute into the second half, the Clippers (6-2) were in front, 37-20.  That was a 25-4 segment for the home team.

How did they do it?  After a period of allowing the Hornets, especially Melanie Carter, to get to the basket the Clippers protected the paint better.  They also rebounded better.  Good defense transferred into up-tempo offense and layups down the other end.  Even in their half-court offense Newburyport found ways to get to the basket for points or foul shots.

Anna Hickman (20 points) was a standout on both ends of the court.  Her tight D on ME point-guard Kaitlyn O’Connell impacted the Hornets ability to run their offense.  The sophomore forced turnovers and was part of numerous NHS fast-breaks.  Anna drained two 3’s, made four other baskets, and took ten free throws.  Quite a performance against a team that came in undefeated after six games.

Krysta Padellaro (17 points) in for two

Krysta Padellaro (17 points) in for two

Krysta Padellaro (17 points) had a big hand in the win as well,  She put up eleven points in the breakaway second quarter.  The ME deficit was only four (22-18) five minutes into the second quarter before the NHS junior dribbled the length of the court for one layup, drained a triple, and drove in for another layup.  Those seven unanswered, extended the NHS margin to eleven (29-18).

Two free throws by Sarah Robinson (17 points) stopped the bleeding temporarily but the Clippers came back with eight points in a row (Olivia Olson layup & 2 free throws, Krysta jump shot, Anna layup) and the lead was seventeen (37-20) one minute into the second half.

The teams played even the rest of the way.

Manchester-Essex used a zone defense.  Their trouble was getting back fast enough to get into it.  The Clippers were eager to run after every defensive rebound and collected layups at the other end by doing it.

The Hornets (6-1) were coming off an impressive win at home (39-37) against Pentucket on Friday night.

Newburyport ended up with eighteen turnovers including four straight starting the game.  ME finished with sixteen turnovers including five in their disastrous six-point second quarter.

Beth Castantini

Beth Castantini

Beth Castantini was on the Newburyport bench.  She was a 1000-point scorer for the Clippers back in the day.

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Newburyport box

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Melanie Carter (12 points) had an impressive first quarter

Melanie Carter (12 points) had an impressive first quarter

Sarah Robinson (17 points) hit three triples

Sarah Robinson (17 points) hit three triples

Katie Hadden

Katie Hadden

Olivia Olson (12 points)

Olivia Olson (12 points)

Loose ball

Loose ball

Krysta Padellaro covered by Bridgett Kiernan

Krysta Padellaro covered by Bridgett Kiernan

Anna Hickman shot ten free throws

Anna Hickman shot ten free throws

Paige Gouldthorpe

Paige Gouldthorpe

Katie Hadden to the basket

Katie Hadden to the basket

Freshman Maggie Pons defended by freshman Bridget Twombly

Freshman Maggie Pons defended by freshman Bridget Twombly



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Emily Pettigrew (22 points) reaches 1000 but Newburyport falls 49-47 to Belmont


The Belmont Marauders gather for a picture after their win over Newburyport

The Belmont Marauders gather for a picture after their win over Newburyport

Emily Pettigrew spins in for her 1000th point

Emily Pettigrew spins in for her 1000th point

(Newburyport MA) Senior Emily Pettigrew (22 points) reached 1000 points but it wasn’t enough as Belmont eliminated Newburyport, 49-47, in the D2 North quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon.

This game was foul-infested from the get-go as both teams applied pressure wherever they could and contact was frequent.

Whistles blew and players were helped up. Coaches questioned every call and fans from both sides offered regular evaluations of the three officials. Smooth it wasn’t!

This game came down to the final minute with a win still within reach of either squad. Emily Pettigrew had given the Clippers (17-4) a one-point lead (47-46) with 1:15 left.

That would be the last productive possession for Newburyport. Their final three, point-producing opportunities ended with a block by Jess Giorgio, a turnover, and another block by Jess Giorgio.

Go-ahead free throw by Irini Nikolaidis (#15)

Go-ahead free throw by Irini Nikolaidis (#15)

In Belmont’s last two possessions they were at the foul line both times. Senior Irini Nikolaidis (11 points) completed a 5-for-5 quarter sinking two attempts and freshman Megan Tan made one of her two tries.

Making those three free throws gave Belmont the points they needed to earn the right to face the winner of the Arlington Catholic/Melrose game on Tuesday in the D2 North semi-finals.

The Marauders reached the D2 North semi-finals last season but lost to Watertown.

Anyone in attendance who is reading so far is surely wondering what has taken me so long to get to the real reason Newburyport is not still alive in the tournament: free throw shooting.

When one team misses fourteen free throws you can easily imagine that they would be in trouble. Not in this game. Those fourteen misses belonged to Belmont (18-for-32) and they won by two points.

Tight Newburyport defense

Tight Newburyport defense

Newburyport? Good news? They made 8-of-9 in the final quarter. Bad news? 10-for-32 in the other three quarters. Worse news? 5-for-19 in the second quarter.

The total missed free throws by the Clippers was twenty-three and think of the “Could have been’s” they’ll think about for a while over that.

I know I’m beating this free throw thing to death but in the last 1 ½ minutes of the 2nd quarter Newburyport missed seven straight foul shots. That they only trailed by three (21-18) at the half is indicative of the type of defense they were playing.

Belmont (from the Middlesex League) rode two three’s by sophomore Jenny Call to an 8-1 lead. NBPT finished the quarter on a 6-1 run including a steal and layin by freshman Katie Hadden.

The Clippers tied the score (16-16) on a driving layup by freshman Anna Hickman (14 points) with 3 ½ to go in the second period.

Krysta Padellaro tries to draw a foul on Jenny Call

Krysta Padellaro tries to draw a foul on Jenny Call

The Marauders took the lead right back and extended it to 32-23 in the third quarter with a 10-2 run. Layups by Greta Propp (10 points) and Samari Winklaar, as well as a three by Carly Christofori (9 points), keyed that surge.

In the midst of it Emily Pettigrew took a pass in the lower key and spun left to register her 1000th point.

Appearing to be down and out (32-23) with 3:40 to go in the third quarter, the Clippers put twelve unanswered points together over the next six minutes of playing time to take the lead, 35-32, 2+ minutes into the final quarter. During that stretch, Belmont turned ice cold from everywhere, including the foul line, where they missed all five FT attempts.

Anna Hickman had a 3-pointer and a layup, while Emily Pettigrew added two layups in the rush to the lead.

In the final five minutes of this game there were four ties and five lead changes. It was clearly anyone’s game.

But in the final minute, Belmont made enough free throws and enough stops on defense to get the job done.

first block by Jess Giorgio

first block by Jess Giorgio

second block by Jess Giorgio

second block by Jess Giorgio

Defensive hero in the last minute? Freshman Jess Giorgio. Twice the 6-1 center blocked shot attempts in close by Anna Hickman without fouling.

Belmont had to shoot second-half free throws in the NBPT student second end of the gymnasium. Not an easy thing to do but somehow Irini Nikolaidis managed to can four straight in the last two minutes.

Awesome rendition of the National Anthem by the Clippers’ Paige Gouldthorpe.

Krysta Padellaro in the open floor

Krysta Padellaro in the open floor

Impressed by the point-guard play of Newburyport’s Krysta Padellaro and Belmont’s Carly Christofori. The two of them also played terrific defense. Both are only sophomores.

Tough 24 hours for the Newburyport basketball teams as both the boys’ and the girls’ teams were eliminated from tournament play during that time.

Newburyport boxscore

Belmont boxscore

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Irini Nikolaidis (clutch free throws)

Irini Nikolaidis (clutch free throws)

Anna Hickman and Carly Christofori

Anna Hickman and Carly Christofori

Emily Pettigrew and Samari Winklaar

Emily Pettigrew and Samari Winklaar

crowd under the basket

crowd under the basket

Emily Pettigrew and Jess Giorgio

Emily Pettigrew and Jess Giorgio

The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.

The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.

Emily Pettigrew puts Newburyport ahead

Emily Pettigrew puts Newburyport ahead

Anna Hickman (14 points) gets around Jess Giorgio

Anna Hickman (14 points) gets around Jess Giorgio







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