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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

(The pictures will enlarge.)

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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Undefeated Newburyport defeats Masco 58-40

Olivia McDonald (9 points) provided a spark for the Clippers
Emma Foley (14 points) led Clippers

(Boxford MA) “You have to come to their level and compete,” said Masconomet coach Shannon Kirwan Monday night, “or you lose by eighteen.”

The Lady Chieftains did lose by eighteen (58-40) to Newburyport but for a quarter plus they more than held their own.

But the undefeated Clippers (10-0) were game-long persistent on defense.  They forced twenty-six turnovers that led to twenty-seven points.

Sarah Green finishes

“I thought we played them tough,” said NHS coach Karen Grutchfield post-game.  “I’m proud of them.”

The Lady Chieftains did a nice job defensively on Newburyport high-scorer Emma Foley in the early going.  Emma faced two defenders as she positioned herself in close.  For a time, her teammates forced passes inside (some led to turnovers) and struggled to score without Emma getting involved.

Kylie Dumont, Taylor Bovardi, and Kaleigh Monagle keyed Masco’s 15-12 first quarter advantage.

Things turned Newburyport’s way in the second quarter sparked by the appearance of reserve sophomore Olivia McDonald.

Makenna Ward (12 points)

“Coach (Grutchfield) encouraged me to take the shot if I have it,” said Olivia afterwards.

Olivia started the second quarter with a layup and then hit a three to tie the score at 17-17.

With Masco keen on protecting the inside, Olivia found yet another long-range opening and nailed it to put the Clippers in front to stay, 22-19, with 4 ½ minutes left.

Newburyport was able to add eight more points before half-time.  The Lady Chieftains, meanwhile, were held scoreless for nearly four minutes. Krystal Zepaj ended the scoring drought with a 3-pointer in the last minute.

Masco coach Shannon Kirwan

Another three by Krystal, in the third quarter, had the home team within nine points (36-27) but the rest of the quarter saw Newburyport put a 12-3 run together. 

Makenna Ward had eight of her twelve points in the third quarter while teammate Sydney Turner had six of her eight points in that same quarter.  The Clippers led by eighteen (48-30) after three periods and would finish the game with the same margin.

“We kept our composure,” added Coach Grutchfield.  “They came at us pretty hard.”

Kylie Dumont looks to pass

When Masco was forced to play man-to-man, Emma Foley (14 points) had clearer opportunities in close and took advantage.

“Masco is definitely a good team,” explained Deirdre McElhinney (10 points) afterwards. “They forced us to set up our offense a little more than we have had to in the past.”

The closest game the Clippers have had this season was a ten-point win over Pentucket. 

“We keep pushing,” added Deirdre talking about the winning streak.  “We’re trying to keep the momentum going.”

Coach Kirwan: “Newburyport is a very good team.  Every part of their game they do well.  They play basketball the way it is supposed to be played; tough, hard-nosed, and aggressive.”

Sydney Turner guards Kaleigh Monagle

Coach Grutchfield: “Olivia (McDonald) was a really good spark off the bench.  She also did a nice job defending their best player.”

Masco made six 3’s including three by Krystal Zepaj.

The Clippers are now on a stretch of seven straight away games.  They’ve won the first two including tonight’s game.

Thanks to Andy Tapparo for several of the stats I used.  Andy produces stats for every Masco game and runs a terrific online site featuring the Lady Chieftains.  It’s the best I’ve seen.

Newburyport   12   18   18   10   =   58

Masconomet   15     7      8   10   =   40

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Kylie Dumont guarded by Deirdre McElhinney
Olivia McDonald and Ava Caron chase a loose ball
Tie-up in the lane
Emma Foley in the lane
Deirdre McElhinney guarded by Kaleigh Monagle
Sydney Turner guards Taylor Bovardi
Emma Foley tries for a block
Battle on the floor
Natalie Nolan on defense for Masco
Masconomet box
Newburyport box

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