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Governor’s Academy reaches NEPSAC Class B semifinals with 45-36 win over Lawrence Academy

Action during the GA/LA quarterfinals game

Action during the GA/LA quarterfinals game

Courtney Cashman (17 points) tries to shoot over Gabrielle Reuter (16 points)

Courtney Cashman (17 points) tries to shoot over Gabrielle Reuter (16 points)

(Byfield MA) Twelve days ago, the Lawrence Academy girls hung on at Byfield for a, 37-36, win over Governor’s Academy.  The rematch today figured to be a close game and it was.

Governor’s Academy controlled the beginning and the end this time around and that was enough to defeat Lawrence Academy, 45-36, in the NEPSAC girls’ quarterfinals on Wednesday afternoon.

The Govs (13-8) put ten straight points together to start this game but the Spartans recovered and even had the lead in the second half.

Lawrence Academy (12-9), however, did not recover from a 2 1/2 minute scoring drought at the end of the game.  LA was within two points (38-36) but all seven points the rest of the way were GA free throws.

Governor’s Courtney Cashman paced her team with seventeen points.  Courtney (sophomore) swished four straight free throws in the last two minutes.

Gabrielle Reuter drives

Gabrielle Reuter drives

Sophomore Gabrielle Reuter led LA with sixteen points.

Governor’s advances to the Class B semi-finals at Tilton School.  The #1 seed Rams are 19-3 and buried GA, 68-28, at Byfield on January 11th.  Tilton won the Class B championship last year and has been in the championship game five straight times.  They will be a formidable opponent for GA to say the least!

In my opinion, Lawrence Academy lost this game because of turnovers.  They had twenty-seven miscues, by my figuring, and all of them were in the frontcourt.  Way too many empty possessions because of dangerous passes by the visitors from Groton (MA).

The Spartans had five turnovers in the first 4+ minutes and no points.  Meanwhile, GA junior Carli Citrano was cooking for the Govs.  Carli started the scoring with a three and later had two inside baskets as the Govs raced off to a 10-0 start.

Carli Citrano looks to pass

Carli Citrano looks to pass

The visitors were still down by ten (16-6) halfway through the half before a GA scoring drought and a run of nine straight LA points aligned themselves.  Sophomore Gabrielle Reuter had a jump shot, layup, and free throw in the LA comeback segment.  Lawrence Academy was within one (16-15) with 3 1/2 minutes to go in the first half.

GA led, 22-18, at the half.

Lawrence Academy pulled in front, 27-25, early in the second half on a run of six points featuring a fastbreak layup by Jalian Marquez and four free throws.

Carli Citrano reaches in against Elise Bojanowski

Carli Citrano reaches in against Elise Bojanowski

Two minutes later, Courtney Cashman converted her own miss and GA had the lead back (29-28) with eleven minutes left.  The home team would stay ahead the rest of the game.

A layup by Gabrielle Reuter on a pass from Emily Pratt had LA behind just, 36-34, with 6 1/2 minutes remaining.

The GA lead was still only two (38-36) with 2 1/2 minutes left.  I was anticipating another one-point game between these two teams.  It never happened.

The Spartans couldn’t make a shot and were forced to foul to stop the clock.  The Govs hit seven of ten pressure free throws to ice this one for the #4 seed.

Both teams had the same record and LA had defeated the Govs during the season yet Governor’s still got the home game.  Why?  They had defeated better opponents.

Some GA boys’ team arrived in a group to offer encouragement to the girls’ team.

Emily Pratt and Isa Berzansky

Emily Pratt and Isa Berzansky

The unsung hero for the Govs was Isa Berzansky.  At some point in the second half, Isa took over defending Emily Pratt and did a terrific job.  Emily struggled to get shots off and had only two points in the second half.

The Govs ended up with twenty-one turnovers.

Both Gabrielle Reuter and Emily Pratt were chosen for the NEPSAC Class B East All-Star team.

Is there a faster combo than the look-alike Ham sisters?  When seniors Jackie (#2) and Kendall (#3) are on the floor at the same time, mistaken identity becomes a strong likelihood.  I’m reaching for excuses for messing up their stats!

Governor’s Academy box

Lawrence Academy box

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Jackie Ham goes for the block against Tate Jordan

Jackie Ham goes for the block against Tate Jordan

Jalian Marquez looks to shoot

Jalian Marquez looks to shoot

Tate Jordan lines up a free throw

Tate Jordan lines up a free throw

Kendall Ham dribbles

Kendall Ham dribbles

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Fast start propels Governor’s Academy past St. George’s 53-36

Katie Barrand hits one of three early 3-point shots by the Govs

Katie Barrand hits one of three early 3-point shots by the Govs

Courtney Cashman (14 points) led all scorers

Courtney Cashman (14 points) led all scorers

(Byfield MA)  Governor’s Academy overwhelmed St. George’s in the first six minutes and the visitors from Middletown (RI) never recovered losing, 53-36, on Thursday night in an Independent School League game.

The Gov’s (6-5) totaled five 3’s in the entire game but three of them, by Carli Citrano, Courtney Cashman, and Katie Barrand, were made in the first 3+ minutes.

So by the time the Dragons (6-6) put a point on the board (Meggie O’Connor free throw) the home team already had nine points.

GA’s Jackie Ham followed with an old-fashioned three-point play and Courtney Cashman added a layup.  Those scores put the Gov’s ahead, 14-1, in the first six minutes.

The Dragons had five turnovers in the early going.

Carli Citrano (13 points) looks for an opening

Carli Citrano (13 points) looks for an opening

Sophomore Courtney Cashman (14 points) drilled a halftime, buzzer-beating trey that started GA on another nine-point run.  Courtney later started the second half with a layup and junior Carli Citrano (13 points) connected twice from in close.  Out of that surge the Gov’s led, 39-18, two minutes into the second half.

I anticipated that things would get worse but instead, led by sophomore Logan Amaral (10 points), St. George’s chopped eleven points off the GA lead in the next eight minutes.  A layup by junior captain Lane Davis had the Dragons within ten (43-33) with 5:46 to play.

However, the visitor’s hopes of getting closer were quickly squelched as Carli Citrano drained a very long three and Kendall Ham followed with two free throws.  Back went the lead to fifteen points and St. George’s couldn’t recover the rest of the way.

Sophomore Logan Amaral (10 points) shoots a jump shot

Sophomore Logan Amaral (10 points) shoots a jump shot

Plenty of time for the reserves of both teams in the last 2+ minutes.

Neither team was particularly good at the free throw line.  GA was 6-for-14 while SG was 10-for-23.  Some of the misses were on the front end of one-and-one’s.

The Gov’s defeated St. George’s twice last season.  The second time was in the quarterfinals of the New England Championships.

It seemed strange not to see Kat Fogarty on the floor for GA.  Kat is now at Division 1 Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.  Kat’s new team is now 13-5.  Kat is averaging sixteen minutes per game for the Red Foxes.  She averaged twenty points and twelve rebounds at Governor’s.

No doubt St. George’s wasn’t missing Kat Fogarty.  Kat had thirty rebounds in the Gov’s 51-48 win exactly a year ago in Rhode Island.

The Gov’s were 19-6 last year while St. George’s was 10-9.

Both teams are in Class B of NEPSAC.

This game was originally scheduled for Wednesday but the snow in southern New England forced the postponement.

Governor’s Academy box

St. George’s box

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Logan Amaral eyes the hoop

Logan Amaral eyes the hoop

Lane Davis gets two

Lane Davis gets two

Meggie OConnor looks to pass while Kendall Ham defends

Meggie OConnor looks to pass while Kendall Ham defends

Sterling Etheridge and Aya Nagai

Sterling Etheridge and Aya Nagai

Kendall Ham tries to save

Kendall Ham tries to save

looking for a rebound

looking for a rebound

Jackie Ham (#2) gets to the basket

Jackie Ham (#2) gets to the basket

loose ball

loose ball

coaches Erin OConnell and Katie Titus

coaches Erin OConnell and Katie Titus

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Undefeated Nobles (23-0) holds off Governor’s Academy 59-50 in Independent School League girls basketball

Kat Fogarty (27 points) looks to block the shot of Alexandra Maund (15 points)

Kat Fogarty (27 points) looks to block the shot of Alexandra Maund (15 points)

Katie Benzan (16 points) lines up a three

Katie Benzan (16 points) lines up a three

(Byfield)  Noble and Greenough School (23-0) continued on their undefeated ways with a, 59-50, win over Governor’s Academy on Wednesday night in Independent School League action.

The Bulldogs level of dominance in the ISL is mind boggling.  They are a win away (on Friday at Milton Academy) of winning the 13-team league for the tenth straight season.

Their won/loss record in ISL regular-season games during this amazing run?  117-2!

Nobles came close to picking up an “L” against league member Rivers on Friday night.  Rivers made only 13-of-28 free throws and missed two of them with no time on the clock in a 42-41 loss.

Today’s game with GA wasn’t that close at the end.  However, the Govs recovered from a bad start and had a two-point lead (38-36) with 9:40 left.

Governor’s (17-5) were still within one-possession territory at 44-42 (6:23) and 46-44 (5:10).

However, Nobles put a 10-2 segment together over the next 3 ½ minutes to get a commanding ten-point lead (56-46) with 1 ½ minutes left. GA couldn‘t recover.

Kat Fogarty shoots over Kate Kerrigan (14 points)

Kat Fogarty shoots over Kate Kerrigan (14 points)

Kat Fogarty (27 points) put on another remarkable scoring show.  The 6-1 Marist signee was trouble for Nobles every time she had the ball.  Junior Kate Kerrigan was her primary defender and was solely interested in denying Kat the ball.  When Kat did manage to get the ball, other defenders showed up to help Kate out.

Despite this sort of coverage Kat was still able to get twenty-five of her points during the first twenty-seven minutes of the game.  Holding Kat to only two points over the last five minutes of the game was certainly a reason why Nobles is still undefeated.

The visitors from Dedham jumped in front, 14-4, after six minutes.  Two three’s by freshman Katie Benzan (15 points) were big in the fast start.

The Govs put seven straight points together later in the half and got back to within two (18-16) with 5 ½ minutes left in the first half.  Kat Fogarty had three free throws in this run while Jackie Ham assisted on layups by her sister Kendall (10 points) and Isa Berzanski.

Nobles closed the half, 11-5, and led 29-21.

Nobles had been winning games by an average of twenty-eight points so I thought they might take off in the second half.  Didn’t happen that way.

The Govs went down by nine (34-25) before Kat carried the team to a 13-2 collection with eleven points including two 3’s.  Those 4 ½ minutes of excellent offense put the home team in front (38-36) with 9:40 left.

Kate Kerrigan heads for the hoop

Kate Kerrigan heads for the hoop

Down but definitely not out was Nobles.  A drive by Kate Kerrigan (14 points) tied the score.  Then the junior stole the ball and put in another layup for the lead.  A Lauren Dillon free throw was followed by Kate Benzan’s third three.  Nobles was now up by six (44-38).

GA would close to within two (46-44) with five minutes left.  Four free throws by Kat and two by Isa Berzanski provided the points.

Over the next 3 ½ minutes the Govs would get a steal and layin by Kendall Ham but that would be the only scoring they were able to manage.

During those same 3 ½ minutes Nobles registered ten points.  Six of the points came on free throws; two by Hannah Peterson and four by Katie Benzan.  Two of Katie’s free throws were the result of a technical foul called on the GA coach for, according to the referee, “for getting in my face.”

The other four points in the game-deciding minutes came on layups by Kate Kerrigan and Alexandra Maund (15 points).

Lauren Dillon

Lauren Dillon

Alexandra’s layup was well set up by point guard Lauren Dillon.  Lauren got by her defender into the lane and when Kat Fogarty came away from Alexandra to prevent Lauren from getting a layup Lauren’s pass set up Alexandra for a layup.  That play worked several times over the course of the game.

Kat Fogarty not only had twenty-seven points but also had at least four blocks.

Nobles was 25-1 last season and won their first Class A title in twenty-five years.  You’d have to like their chances of doing it again.

Despite all the good players in this game there were still (by my unofficial count) forty-eight turnovers.  Nobles was whistled for twenty-one of them.  However, another key to the win was that only one of the miscues happened in the last four minutes of this game.

Junior Lauren Dillon is an All-ISL selection in basketball and soccer.

Junior Kate Kerrigan was the MVP in the 2012 NEPSAC Class A tournament.

I thought that Nobles grad and Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck might be in the audience but I didn’t see him.  He was probably busy trying to decide if it’s time to trade Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.

Governor’s Boxscore

Nobles Boxscore

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Alexandra Maund caught between the Ham sisters

Alexandra Maund caught between the Ham sisters

Jackie Ham

Jackie Ham

Katie Benzan shoots technical foul shots

Katie Benzan shoots technical foul shots

loose ball

loose ball

Hayley Newhall and Kate Kerrigan

Hayley Newhall and Kate Kerrigan

Jackie Ham flies to the basket

Jackie Ham flies to the basket

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Governor’s Academy hangs on to defeat Tabor Academy 46-44 in prep school girls basketball

Kat Fogarty (25 points) gets above the Tabor defense

Kat Fogarty (25 points) gets above the Tabor defense

loose ball in the last minute

loose ball in the last minute

(Byfield) The Governor’s Academy girls held on down the stretch and eked out a, 46-44, win over Tabor Academy on Wednesday afternoon at GA.

The Govs (7-3) made a 46-44 advantage stand up through three possessions by Tabor (7-4) in the final 1 ½ minutes.

The first two tense possessions ended with Seawolves’ turnovers.  The game-on-the-line last one ended with a missed shot by Tabor’s Sarah Kourtesis with Kat Fogarty running at her. The resulting rebound led to a wild scramble as the final buzzer sounded.

Kat Fogarty (25 points) was terrific for the Govs despite drawing plenty of attention from the Seawolves defenders in a full-game performance.

Kat Fogarty made ten of eleven free throws

Kat Fogarty made ten of eleven free throws

6-1 Kat hit three 3’s and made 10-of-11 free throws.  She will be playing for Division 1 Marist in 2013-14.

Kat’s points were one thing but her rebounding, passing, and shot blocking were eye-catchers as well.  I was equally impressed with her part in finding open spots where she could receive outlet passes during Tabor’s relentless pressure.

What surprised me reviewing the play-by-play from this game was that Kat Fogarty did not score a single point over the final nine minutes of the game!  She made two free throws with nine minutes left to end Tabor’s eight-straight run and give GA a 37-36 edge.

The final nine Govs’ points were produced by the Ham sisters (Jackie and Kendall) and Hayley Newhall.

After a Gia Doonan (nine points) layup, Jackie Ham (nine points) answered with a layup of her own.  Sister Kendall converted a rebound before Aly Griffin answered with a driving layup.  This action put the score at 41-40 in favor of the Govs with five minutes left.

Katie Vareika chases down Jackie Ham

Katie Vareika chases down Jackie Ham

Next we watched the Ham sisters, in reverse order, tally two more baskets.  Kendall’s was a layup in the half court.  Jackie’s was a full-court sprint.  Sarah Kourtesis responded with a layup to make this a 45-42 game with 2:48 to be played.

Hayley Newhall made one of two free throws with 1:46 to go and not long after that Anel Ethenage (seven points) tallied Tabor’s last basket with a jumper in the lane.

To say that the final 1 ½ minutes were hectic is putting it mildly.  Not only did Tabor turn the ball over on their first two possessions but the home team did the same thing.

After the second turnover by the visitors from Marion, Jackie Ham was at the free throw line with 11.7 seconds left with the chance to build on the Govs’ two-point lead.  She missed both and that led to a final shot for Tabor that could have sent this game into overtime.

Kat Fogarty blocks Izzy Nappa

Kat Fogarty blocks Izzy Nappa

The Seawolves held a 6-4 lead after five minutes before Kat Fogarty keyed an 18-1 run over the next seven minutes.  Kat put together twelve straight points in the GA surge of good offense including two 3’s in a row.

Tabor’s lone point came from Lydia Caputi.  The Seawolves registered (by my count) nine turnovers during this segment and found themselves down, 22-7.

Tabor was down but definitely not out…too many good athletes.  Over the next 10 ½ minutes of playing time, stretching into the second half, the Seawolves climbed all the way back outscoring GA, 29-13, and pulled in front, 36-35, to set up an exciting final ten minutes.

Tabor was the Class A New England champion in 2011.

Jackie Ham shoots a free throw

Jackie Ham shoots a free throw

Governor’s Academy was 14-10 last season.

The two teams played at Tabor last year where the Seawolves won, 62-51.

Kat Fogarty has led the ISL (Independent School League) in scoring during the past two seasons.  She reached 1000 points last season.

Covering prep school games can be difficult and this one was especially so.  I have to have names and numbers of players to identify players that turn up in the pictures I take.  Neither school in this game offered any roster help on their websites and neither school had a typed roster at the site to use or at least look at and copy.  I ended up looking at a scorebook that was tough to read on some of the Tabor names.  The retired teacher in me wants to spell names correctly.

Governor’s Academy boxscore

Tabor Academy boxscore

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Hayley Newhall tightly defended by Aly Griffin

Hayley Newhall tightly defended by Aly Griffin

Hayley Newhall puts her shoulder into Katie Vareika

Hayley Newhall puts her shoulder into Katie Vareika

Aly Griffin

Aly Griffin

another loose ball in the last minute

another loose ball in the last minute

Gia Doonan (nine points) shoots over Kendall Ham

Gia Doonan (nine points) shoots over Kendall Ham

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