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Masconomet overwhelms Gloucester 62-23

Rebound battle
Krystal Zepaj (13 points)

(Boxford MA) “We played really hard at the beginning to put ourselves in a good spot,” explained Masco senior Krystal Zepaj afterwards.

The Lady Chieftains exploded in the second quarter and went on from there to a, 62-23, win over Gloucester in Northeastern Conference action on Thursday night.

The Fishermen (0-11) have struggled to be competitive so far.  The inability to make shots hurt them badly tonight.  They took plenty of shots but didn’t make enough to keep things competitive after the first quarter.

Taylor Bovardi (11 points)

Masco, on the other hand, worked their way into plenty of open looks and cashed in regularly.

“We got some good ball movement as well as movement off the ball which we have been harping on,” said Masco coach Shannon Kirwan post-game.

The Lady Chieftains clicked seven times from long range led by senior Krystal Zepaj (13 points) who did it three times.

“My teammates set me up for those open looks,” said Krystal.

Lexi Carollo and Abby Stauffer led Gloucester with eight points each.

Lexi Carollo (8 points)

Krystal’s second three-point basket, assisted by Taylor Bovardi, put Masco in front to stay, 9-6, halfway through the first quarter.

That lead would grow to 23-8 two minutes into the 2nd quarter and 34-11 four minutes later.  The halftime score was 38-15.

The Lady Chieftains did pull off the full-court pressure but were excellent in their half-court defense.

“We definitely increased our defensive intensity,” said Coach Kirwan.

Masco jumped into passing lanes and had nineteen steals. 

Floor battle

The Fishermen gave up thirty-five points off of turnovers. 

Junior Taylor Bovardi contributed eleven points while senior Sarah Green and sophomore Remmi Cote added nine points for Masco.

The Lady Chieftains are now at 7-4.  “We’re doing pretty well,” said Krystal.  “A lot of the games have been against lower-caliber teams.  We need to win those, and work hard to get wins against the better teams.”

Krystal hasn’t decided on college yet.  “Suffolk and Nichols have interest in me for basketball,” she said.  “If I don’t play basketball, I’m looking at BC, BU, and Northeastern.  I want to study finance.”

Ball on the floor

Ten different players scored for Masconomet.  “I was happy that we were able to get a lot of people involved tonight,” said Coach Kirwan.

Masco plays Beverly tomorrow for the second time.  I saw Beverly yesterday in Avery Hallinan’s 1000-point game for Amesbury.

Thanks again to Andy Tapparo for his help with statistics. He’s on Twitter at @MascoGB

Masconomet   15   23   10   14   =   62

Gloucester         8     7      6     2   =   23

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Battle for a rebound
Freshman Riley Bovardi shoots from outside
Remmi Cote (9 points) breaks away from Bella Goulart
Ava Caron guarded by Gaby Olsen
Charlotte Meixsell gets two points
Natalie Nolan makes a pass
Kylie Dumont
Krystal Zepaj
Taiya Mano guarded by Kylie Dumont
Remmi Cote
Rebound battle
Kaleigh Monagle and La’Neisha Jenkins
Gloucester box
Masconomet box

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Rockland holds off Masco 48-45

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Julia Elie (23 points for Rockland)
Taylor Bovardi (15 points for Masco)

(Peabody MA) Great start by Rockland.

Great finish by Masconomet.

Neither team’s coach, however, was thrilled with the way things went the rest of the time.

Rockland held on and defeated Masco, 48-45, on Monday night in the opening round of the Bishop Fenwick Holiday Tournament.

Maggie Elie chased by Masco defenders

The Bulldogs (4-1) face host Bishop Fenwick in the title game on Wednesday night.

Masco (3-2) takes on Haverhill in the consolation game.

Senior Julia Elie (23 points) overwhelmed the Chieftains on the inside for the first half.

“We were aware of how good she is,” said Masco coach Shannon Kirwan afterwards.  “We threw everything we had at her.  Kudos to her for getting through doubles and triples.”

Battle on the floor
Rockland coach Diana Newcomb

Julia (Bentley commit) tallied Rockland’s first eight points.  Her third basket four minutes into the first quarter gave the Bulldogs a 6-4 lead.  They never relinquished that lead the rest of the way.

But as Rockland coach Diana Newcomb described it, “we made it interesting.”

Credit Masco.  They just refused to go away.

Their offense, however, disappeared from time to time.

Masco closed to 12-11 after a well-run inbounds play netted junior Kaleigh Monagle (9 points) a layup.

That happened 2 ½ minutes into the second quarter.  The final 5 ½ minutes of that quarter the team from Boxford didn’t score a single point.

Block or charge?

“Offensively is where we’re struggling the most right now,” said Coach Kirwan.

The Bulldogs had a nine-point lead at halftime (20-11) and ran that lead up to fifteen points (31-16) after reeling off eleven unanswered points.

With 3 ½ minutes left in the third quarter, you had to like Rockland’s chances.

However, what Masco was unable to do in set offenses earlier, they were able to do off of their tenacious full-court defense over the final 1 ½ quarters. 

Mia Theberge (5) gets a rebound

Turnovers turned into points and thirty seconds into the final quarter a Kylie DuMont drive capped a 13-1 run for Masco.  The Chieftains were one possession away, 32-29.

But that was as close as Masco would get.

Every time Masco scored down the stretch, Rockland had an answer.  An old-fashioned three by Julia Elie one time, beyond-the-arc three’s by Charlie Kelleher and Sydney Blaney two other times, kept the Bulldogs in front.

Sarah Green defends

Every Masco basket brought a fresh dose of full-court pressure and Rockland often made their reaction to pressure more “interesting” than their coach would have liked.

“We could not execute down the stretch to save our lives,” explained Coach Newcomb.  “We showed awful discipline.  Our poor decision making led to bad passes and bad angles with no one wanting to take over.”

“Credit Masco for playing it up for the full thirty-two minutes,” added Coach Newcomb.

“We had trouble finding the offensive flow but our defense definitely helped at the end,” said Coach Kirwan.  “Taylor Bovardi (15 points, 4 steals, 5 assists) was a key in getting us back into it.   The team showed a lot of grit coming back and I’m proud of that.”

Free throw shooting was an adventure for both teams
Kylie DuMont (8 points)

Free throw shooting turned into an adventure for both teams.  Masco was 3-for-10.

Rockland’s free throw shooting nearly cost them the game in the final forty-five seconds. 

Masco started fouling on each Rockland possession and the Bulldogs missed five-of-eight free throw attempts, including the front end of two one-and-one’s, in those final 45 seconds.  Those Rockland misses allowed Masco to get within three points (48-45) and have a possession to tie it.

“We need to take better care of the ball (nineteen turnovers) and we need to practice our free throw shooting,” suggested Coach Kirwan.

Masco pressure defense

“Hopefully we can learn from this one and not make the same awful mistakes,” said Coach Newcomb.  “We’ve got to do the little things, like make free throws.”

The aggressive Masco defense led to turnovers (Rockland had twenty-four).

 The Chieftains’ disruptive defense lessened Julia Elie’s touches near the basket in the second half. Julia had eight second-half points.

“Julia has to finish more consistently,” said Coach Newcomb.  “She stops herself more than other teams stop her.”

Rockland   12   8   12   16   =  48

Masco         7    4   16   18   =  45

Terrific lighting at Fenwick for picture taking.

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Rockland box
Masconomet box
Sydney Blaney and Kylie DuMont chase a loose ball
Maddie Murphy surrounded by Chieftains
Julia Elie
Krystal Zepaj guarded by Maddie Hermenau
Reaching for a rebound
Carissa Scannell (4) chased by Jordan Stec (15) and Emma Cameron (14)

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