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Wire-to-Wire 61-41 Win for Ipswich over Georgetown in Boys Basketball

Tyler Wade (17 points) dives after a ball going out of bounds.

Dan OFlynn (15 points) drives – Matt Gott (#40) defends

(Ipswich) Ipswich halted a five-game losing streak with a never-trail, 61-41, win over Georgetown on Friday night at Ipswich in Cape Ann League action.

The Tigers (1-3 CAL / 2-7 overall) were quickly off 5-0 on an Erik Fyrer drive and a Louis Galanis triple and never looked back.

Ipswich boosted the lead to sixteen (37-21) three minutes into the third quarter on three straight Erik Fyrer hoops.

The Royals, however, have Tyler Wade and he led a G’Town response back into contention with an old-fashioned three, a layup, and an assist on Pat Bjork’s layup.  That run left the Royals behind, 37-28, with two minutes left in the third quarter.

The next five minutes of play should be on the Ipswich season highlight film.  Nice passes, triples, and assisted baskets all showed up as the Tigers dazzled with a 17-2 run and took the doubt out of this one, 54-30, with 4 ½ left.

Mike Scola and Dan O’Flynn handed out the assists while Brenden Gallagher registered two triples during this surge.  Brenden also brought back the Bob Cousy (or is it Rondo?) flashbacks with a behind-the-back pass that sent Dan in for a layup he was fouled on.

Louis Galanis takes a turn at shadowing Tyler Wade.

For Georgetown (0-4 CAL / 3-6 overall), it was a frustrating fourth consecutive loss.  Tyler Wade (17 points) was kept busy with a series of Tiger defenders and frequently set up teammates for shots that didn’t fall often enough.  Equally excruciating for the Royals was missing seventeen of the thirty-three free throws they took.

GHS coach Mike Rowinski’s frustration boiled over two minutes into the second half when he pulled all five starters off the floor.

I saw Ipswich in their overtime loss at Amesbury earlier.  The most improved player since then was Erik Fyrer.  The 6-4 sophomore was foul prone and frustrated at Amesbury.  In this one, he fouled less while blocking and rebounding more.  He showed a nice touch around the basket collecting twelve points.

Guard Dan O’Flynn (15 points) led the Tigers in scoring getting all his points on layups and free throws.

The two teams will meet again at Georgetown (January 30th) in a nonleague game.

Ipswich box score

Georgetown box score

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Tyler Wade (17 points)

Erik Fyrer (12 points)

Dan OFlynn shirt pull

Sam Hurst-MacDonald putback

Matt Jaeger gets two

Georgetown clears bench

Christian Gesualdi gets two

Erik Fyrer blocks Tyler Wade shot

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Ipswich Scores Twenty Straight in 62-40 Win Over Triton in Girls Basketball

Effie Markopoulos breaks away from the pack.

Freshman Masey Zegarowski paced Ipswich with eighteen points.

(Byfield) No surprises here even with a full moon.

Ipswich overwhelmed very inexperienced Triton, 62-40, on Monday night at Triton in Cape Ann League action.

Triton, now 2-6 overall and 0-2 in the Cape Ann League, has lost five straight.  Four of those losses have been by twenty points or more.  Beyond Jessica Canning (18 points) and Lauren Batter ton (9 points), this team is new to the varsity level of girls basketball.

Ipswich, 7-1 overall and 1-1 in the CAL, was a nightmare opponent for Triton having plenty of experienced players and motivation after a tough loss last game to Newburyport.

The Tigers crafted a seven-point run late in the first quarter into the start of the second quarter, and pulled away, 18-9.  Free throws by Brigid O’Flynn and Masey Zegarowski (18 points) started the streak.  A Julia Davis (12 points) layup (pass from Nyra Constant) and a Masey steal and layup finished it.

The Vikings found enough offense (several Jessica Canning baskets) to stay competitive (20-15) until 4:15 of the second quarter.

The rest of the half Ipswich played like the team that came in 6-1 and mixes an inside and outside offense as well as effective pressure defense.  It all clicked for the Tigers for the rest of the half and they put up twenty unanswered points to run away, 40-15, at halftime.

Jessica Canning (18 points) in Ipswich traffic

During this strong run, Ipswich made 3’s (Masey Zegarowski & Nyra Constant), got Julia Davis going inside (2 baskets), and turned turnovers into layups down the other end.  Impressive all-around display.

The second half was perfect for Ipswich coach Mandy Zegarowski because, with a big game ahead on Wednesday at home with Masconomet, she could rest the players who will be getting the long minutes versus the Chieftains.

It also worked well for Triton coach Karen Christian because her team could have some positive moments in the second half.  One impressive Viking was Jessica Canning.  She has a good outside shot.

2010-11 CAL All-Star Shannon McFayden took the opening tip in for an easy layup and never scored again in limited minutes.  Her offense will be needed against Masco.

Triton travels to Lynnfield on Wednesday.

Ipswich box score

Triton box score

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Molly Markos shoots

Lauren Batterton layup

Courtney Eramo shoots in Triton traffic

Coach Mandy Zegarowski & Coach Karen Christian

Jordan Morrissey layup

Lauren Batterton

Natalie Soliozy shoots

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Ipswich Out in the D3 North Quarter Finals 3-0 to Lynnfield in Girls Soccer

Alison Johnson (5) sees plenty of daylight and scores the second Lynnfield goal.

Scout Benson (11) defended by Shannon McFayden (3) and Courtney Long.

(Ipswich) Who saw this coming?

The girls soccer rematch in Division 3 North between #4 Ipswich and #12 Lynnfield turned into a rout, 3-0, for the visiting Pioneers in the Division 3 North Quarter Finals on a sunny Monday afternoon at Ipswich High School.

These two teams had played three times in the last year and were unable to get the best of each other in regulation time in any of them.  The first occasion was in the D3 North semis on November 11, 2010 and that tie was eventually broken in the 9th round of penalty kicks by Tiger Bryn Golesworthy.  The next two meetings were this season and ended in 2-2 and 0-0 ties.

Wouldn’t you think they’d still be evenly matched in this game, with Ipswich having a slight advantage at home?  I even checked on the MIAA site on how penalty kicks are arranged in tournament games!

On this day, however, Lynnfield never gave Ipswich a chance.  They scored early in each half and had an All-League goalie (Nareh Sahakian) as the last defender.

Nareh Sahakian deflects a direct kick by Hannah Weagle over the crossbar in the second half.

Nareh’s best save of the day was a deflection of a Hannah Weagle direct kick twenty-six minutes into the second half.

Scout Benson was also a key piece in the Pioneer win.  The CAL hurdles champ, from this past outdoor track season, pressured the Tiger defense with speed on the right wing and had an important foot in both Lynnfield first-half goals.  Ipswich employed man-to-man coverage on her but not effectively.  Scout’s speed put her in a position to get hard shots at the Ipswich goal.  Those hard shots turned up juicy rebounds for teammates Kimmie Duhaime and Alison Johnson that were converted in the decisive first half.

Scout got off the first shot of the game and Kimmie put in the rebound at 1:45.

That first goal had a lot to do with the Lynnfield second goal (16:40) because when Scout again broke down the right wing the Ipswich defense collapsed toward her.  Molly Markos had the near post secured.  Scout’s hard shot, was to Molly’s right and deflected off her hands to Alison Johnson.  Alison had time to stop the ball, turn to face the goal, and get off an uncontested shot to the uncovered left side.

This was not the last time Scout would pressure from the right wing but thereafter the Ipswich defense kept goals from resulting.

Shot by Lauren McCarthy slips past Tiger defenders for the third Pioneer goal.

Another Lynnfield All-Leaguer (Lauren McCarthy) netted the third goal early in the second half.  Kimmy Duhaime forced a left corner kick.  Instead of taking a shot on the corner kick, Allegra Dicesare tapped a pass to Lauren. Her hard shot went quickly past a group of Ipswich defenders in front of the Tiger net.

Lynnfield is now undefeated in their last eight games with seven of them being wins.

Ipswich came into this game undefeated in their last sixteen.

When I talked to IHS coach Nancy Waddell before their game with Newburyport I asked her about the tournament.  She mentioned that you can get tough teams with mediocre records in the early round and she specifically mentioned Weston and Lynnfield.  Sure enough, they both end up in her team’s bracket.  She did get by Weston, which defeated the Tigers in the D3 North finals last year but not Lynnfield.

Scout Benson

Scout Benson was in prep school during the 2010 Lynnfield soccer season.

Good crowd on hand at Welch Stadium on a pleasant weather afternoon.

Next game for Lynnfield will be the Semifinals on November 10th (Thursday) against the Shawsheen/Georgetown winner.  Georgetown beat Lynnfield 4-1 in October.

(I take my own pictures and give my own commentary.  Mistakes can be made.  I own any of them.)  The pictures enlarge to normal size when you click on them.

Kimmy Duhaime

Kimmy Duhaime (4) after LHS goal #2

first half action in Lynnfield end

Lauren McCarthy

Hannah Weagle

LHS coach Mark Vermont

IHS coach Nancy Waddell

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Ipswich Shakes Off Rust to Defeat Triton 46-36

Jen Rock (#32) and Hannah O’Flynn both felt the effects of a long layoff and exams.

Jessica Canning (#30) led all scorers with twelve points. Shown here with Brigid O’Flynn.

(Byfield) Where was the “viewer discretion” note on the program?  Shouldn’t we have been warned?

One team (Triton) hadn’t played for eight days and had just finished exams.  The other team (Ipswich) hadn’t played for two weeks and is now taking exams.

Let’s just say that both Ipswich and Triton were rusty.

Ipswich (4-1 league games/ 8-2 overall) came away with the win, 46-36, on Tuesday night at Triton.  That’s five straight for the Tigers.

Triton (1-4 league games/ 5-6 overall) had won two straight before the loss.

Three minutes into this one you had to wonder if Ipswich realized that they should be tired and rusty.  They made four of their first five shots, including three 3’s, and bolted ahead 11-4.

Shannon McFayden, Nyra Constant, and Rae Davis hit the long ones and Brigid O’Flynn nailed a jumper for Ipswich.

Triton never completely recovered from the quick Tiger getaway.  The nearest they got after that was 24-20 on a Jen Rock layup in the first minute of the second half.  Ipswich responded with a game-winning eight point run to boost their lead to 32-20.

A couple of the Tiger baskets in the deciding run were on second-chance shots by Julia Davis and Nyra Constant.  Shannon McFayden contributed her second three and Brigit O’Flynn made a free throw.

Rae Davis (#22) makes a free throw for Ipswich.

Speaking of free throws, they were an adventure for Ipswich (6-for-18) all night.

The “adventure” for Triton was the 3-point shot as they connected just twice in seventeen attempts.  The Tigers made their first three and then cooled off to one-for-nine.

The Tigers had makeable shots most of the game but their frequent turnovers (21) limited scoring runs.  Triton, on the other hand, took better care of the ball (11 turnovers) but made only twelve of sixty shots (20%).

Jessica Canning led all scorers with twelve points including a late three off the backboard.

CAL All-Stars Jen Rock and Hannah O’Flynn each had eleven and were not nearly as effective as they usually are.  Hannah seemed most influenced by the layoff and exams.  How normal is it for the Dartmouth-bound senior to miss five of eight free throws and put up at least three air balls in other shooting attempts?

It looked to me as if more people were interested in the Wilmington/Triton wrestling match down the hall than in the basketball game.

Shannon McFayden (10 points) and Hannah O’Flynn (11 points) led Ipswich scorers.

Trying to keep track of any basketball game can be challenging.  Ipswich adds to the challenge when the two O’Flynn sisters wear “33” and “34.”  And then you have the three Davis sisters with “12,” “22,” and “32.”  I wonder if any scorekeepers have been victimized by the similarities of those numbers?

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

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Ipswich Soccer Girls Reach Semi-Finals in D3 North With 1-0 Win Over Shawsheen

Courtney Long drills the winning goal past Shawsheen’s flinching Alyssa Martucci in the Ipswich D3 North win at Billerica on Tuesday afternoon.

(Billerica) It was almost a year ago to the day on the same field against the same team.  This time, however, there was a different result as the Ipswich girls soccer team eliminated #1 seed Shawsheen, 1-0, to advance to the semi-finals of the Division 3 North tournament.

The #9 seed Tigers (10-6-4) made a goal by Courtney Long in the first half’s drizzly conditions stand up.  Shawsheen (15-2-2), from the Commonwealth Athletic League, had a first round bye while Ipswich had to get by St.Mary’s on Sunday to reach this game.

I thought that the Tigers were a step quicker than the Rams most of the afternoon.  I never saw any sort of dangerous direct shot at Ipswich goalie Hannah O’Flynn in this contest.  In fact, Hannah’s father, Dr. Hugh O’Flynn, had more action than she did as he was on the field with five injured players (by my count) during the game.

I had a good look at Courtney’s first-half goal.  Ipswich had been awarded a direct kick.  The Rams set up a wall that might have blocked Courtney’s shot (painfully) but as she struck the shot the end girl on the wall (Alyssa Martucci) flinched to the right leaving an opening.  (Maybe the shot would have gone in whether she had moved to her right or not.)  Anyhow, the ball hit near the right corner at the bottom of the top crossbar and caromed down across the goal-line.

I don’t think that there was another open shot at either goal the rest of the game.  Hannah Weagle came close to getting a rebound in front of the Ram net in the second half and later Mary Krathwohl nearly broke through for a good shot.

Samantha Brown blocks a Sabrina Gomes (#7) clear.

One painful moment late was when Samantha Brown ended up with her face in front of a Sabrina Gomes clearing kick.  Sabrina was apologetic afterwards.

The Tigers now move on to the semi-final round of the tournament.  They will be facing Cape Ann League opponent Lynnfield (#4 seed) at 2:30 PM at Manning (turf) Field in Lynn on Thursday afternoon. These teams split during the regular season with Lynnfield winning at home in September while Ipswich won at home in October.

(All the information is from my own personal observation.  Regard any inaccuracies from that vantage point, please.)

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Ipswich Streaks By Triton 62-46 in Cape Ann League Opener

Traveling Tiger fans had plenty to cheer about as Ipswich put points together in bunches against Triton

(Byfield) A put-back at the first quarter buzzer by junior Doug Martone started Ipswich on a 17-0 run that gave the Tigers a 28-14 lead before the run ended at 2:40 of the second period on a Jedd Hutchins free throw.

Triton never recovered and the final score was 62-46 on Monday night as both teams opened their Cape Ann League seasons.  Both teams are now 1-3 overall.

During the game-deciding seventeen straight, Doug had another put-back basket as well as two other layups. He was set up by Brenden Gallagher on the first and Colin Smith on the second.

Ipswich played some pretty serious man-to-man defense throughout and that led to another stretch of empty Triton possessions that started at the end of the first half and went four minutes into the third quarter.

Specifically, the Vikings missed four shots and turned the ball over on the other four possessions.  Meanwhile the Tigers ran off twelve unanswered points.

Aaron Jessen – Tallied ten points including an NBA-range trey

Three of those points came on an NBA-range long one by senior Aaron Jessen.  Freshman Colin Smith was the catalyst in the rest of them with a layup, a free throw, and assists on baskets by Brandon Ashe and Doug Shaughnessy.

Now up, 47-24, the bench-clearing started and continued until the end.  Tom Bashaw tallied ten points for Triton in the last quarter.

Ipswich has had difficulty handling pressure in previous games but Triton’s poor shooting (17 for 59 overall – 28.8%) limited their opportunities to press.

The Vikings had some good looks at 3’s but even in their own gym made just 5-of-18.  Blaise Whitman’s trey ended the Tiger 12-point run in the third quarter.

Those on hand at the start wouldn’t have predicted the final score because after five minutes Triton led, 10-4, and Ipswich had already committed six turnovers including four in a row.  However, Ipswich recovered and went on two impressive scoring runs that clinched this one.

Doug Martone topped IHS scorers with eleven (all in the first half), while Darren Lewis paced Triton with fourteen.

The Tigers did end up with 21 turnovers but most of them did not lead to Triton easy baskets.  In other games, the turnovers have opened up the floodgates to layups.

Things didn’t go well for the Triton cheerleaders, either.

The Triton faithful didn’t have much to cheer about after the first five minutes.  Matters got worse at halftime when the Triton cheerleaders were unable to do their routine because the music needed wasn’t available.

Triton next meets Lynnfield at home on Wednesday.  Ipswich will be at Wilmington on the same day.

(All stats presented are unofficial.)

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Ipswich boys lose opener 60-51 to North Reading

Tiger Aaron Jessen (16 points) faces full-court pressure at North Reading

(North Reading) I took in the Ipswich boys’ basketball game at North Reading on Friday night in the Cape Ann League opener for both teams.

North Reading prevailed over turnover prone Ipswich, 60-51.  I have no specific stats to confirm the “turnover” part but the Tigers were guilty of plenty of them.

Credit the Hornet defense.  They seemed well aware that defensive pressure would be the ticket to victory and it was.  They pressed relentlessly and created basket-producing turnovers.

On the occasions when the Tigers broke the press they found some open looks that led to most of their points.  Unfortunately, for Ipswich, they couldn’t punish the pressing Hornets enough to get NR to call off their pressing.

The Tigers seemed to be their own worst enemy against the press: (1) numerous inbounding passes to the smallest player located in a corner where traps are easiest to set up, (2) backcourt lob passes into traffic, and (3) attempted dribbling through double teams.

On the positive side, the intensity and hustle was game-long.  This team will win games.  How many will depend, in my opinion, on their ability handle the full-court pressure that could well come their way in every outing.

Freshman Colin Smith (#44) defends Hornet Benjamin Makowski as the IHS students cheer

I did get a chance to take a look at the Ipswich “future” – freshman Colin Smith.  He’s 6’4” already and apparently is a basketball junkie like his sister Amber (freshman UMaine).

Colin had eleven points without looking for his offense against NR.  There is no question that the Tigers will need to find him on offense and protect him on defense as this season goes along.

I appreciated the efforts of the Ipswich cheering section.  They were loud game-long, and appropriate.  A referee having to call-out an Ipswich parent is another story.

I attended the game with the #1 Steelers fan in the area.  He had little to say about the Pittsburgh loss to 1-11 Cleveland on Thursday night.

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