Tag Archives: Maya Spence

Triton girls hold off Georgetown 43-39

Tessa LaFrance (16 points) gets two over Cayla Durkee in the first quarter

Tessa LaFrance (16 points) gets two over Cayla Durkee in the first quarter

Maya Spence (7 points) saw plenty of Triton defense

Maya Spence (7 points) saw plenty of Triton defense

(Byfield MA) Triton gave away a huge lead but held on to defeat Georgetown, 43-38, on Monday afternoon in Cape Ann League girls’ basketball.

The Vikings (6-7) have now won three straight games.

Sophomore Tessa LaFrance led Triton with sixteen points, getting eleven of those points in the Vikings’ remarkable 17-1 first quarter.

Georgetown (6-6) looked to be feeling the effects of yesterday’s 64-48 win over Saugus in the early going.  Triton had several coast-to-coast layups at the beginning as the Royals failed to get back on defense.

Credit Triton, they chose to limit the touches Maya Spence (22 points against Saugus) would get with a box-and-one defense in the first half.  Megan Muldowney, Melanie Primpas, and Hannah Clark all put in time effectively denying Maya the ball and the Vikings got off to a great start.

The Royals first point (free throw Cassidy Troy) came with 3:15 left in the first quarter…….and it was their only point in that quarter.

That sizable deficit, down sixteen after a quarter, could have been the start of an afternoon laugher but it wasn’t.  I saw the Royals “out” of a game against Newburyport Friday night but the next thing I knew some of their 3’s started to drop and their trapping defense began to work.  That’s also what happened in this game.

Ashley Hovan sparked the Georgetown comeback with two 3-pointers off the bench

Ashley Hovan sparked the Georgetown comeback with two 3-pointers off the bench

The visitors trailed by nine (32-23) after three quarters.  Enter junior Ashley Hovan for the Royals for the first time.  Ashley drained two 3’s in less than two minutes and, combined with a Graceann Conte layup, suddenly G’town had Triton in their sights, 35-31, with nearly six minutes left in the game.

A converted rebound by Camille Mihalchik, after a steal and a layup by Morgan Snow, boosted the Triton margin back to eight (39-31) with 4+ minutes to go.

Again Georgetown, down but not out, as they tallied seven unanswered points.  Four of the points came from free throws, despite missing four straight, and the other points were on Isabel Block’s 3-pointer with 1:50 remaining.

Anyone’s game, for sure, at 39-38.

Tessa LaFrance (16 points) scored the key basket for the winners driving down the lane for two and later teammate Morgan Snow hit a baseline jump shot, after a G’town turnover, to restore a 5-point lead.

tie-up on the baseline

tie-up on the baseline

The Royals responded with a free throw (Cassidy Troy) but thereafter inexplicably allowed Triton to run out the last twelve seconds to end the game.  Fouling seemed like a logical option to this reporter.

Georgetown never led in this game.  They next play on Friday at Pentucket.

Triton’s next game is hosting Lynn Voc on Wednesday night.

Triton was much taller than Georgetown and had quite a few offensive rebounds.  They also had several blocks.  On one play in the first quarter, Tessa LaFrance blocked a shot, recovered the ball, and drove the length of the court to score.

Rory Donoghue and Tessa LaFrance

Rory Donoghue and Tessa LaFrance

Tessa LaFrance, Erin Savage, and Kayla Durkee were 2nd team Cape Ann League All-Stars last season.  Tessa and Erin are sophomores while Cayla is a junior.

Triton won by four points but missed ten free throws (5-for-15).  Two 1-and-1’s were included.

Georgetown lost by four points despite missing twelve free throws (11-for-23).

In my opinion, the advent of the 3-point shot has lessened the inclination of players to practice foul shots.  Good teams are going to make you pay if you foul them.

Triton boxscore

Georgetown boxscore

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Jessica Greaney eyes the hoop

Jessica Greaney eyes the hoop

scramble

scramble

Tight Triton defense

Tight Triton defense

Mollie Swanton goes for a steal

Mollie Swanton goes for a steal

Morgan Snow on the run

Morgan Snow on the run

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Georgetown, Triton

Clutch free throws help Newburyport hold off Georgetown 50-47

Emily Pettigrew (15 points) passes ahead to teammate Morgan Johnston (21 points)

Emily Pettigrew (15 points) passes ahead to teammate Morgan Johnston (21 points)

Clippers celebrate the 3-point win

Clippers celebrate the 3-point win

(Newburyport MA) Newburyport (3-8) made four straight free throws in the final twenty-six seconds to defeat Georgetown, 50-47, on Friday night in Cape Ann League action.

Morgan Johnston (21 points) led the Clippers’ inside approach that accounted for every field goal except Kaitlin Ahern’s jumper in the second quarter.  I don’t recall NHS even attempting a 3-pointer.

Georgetown, on the other hand, was willing to fire from long-range on every opportunity.  They connected nine times from beyond the arc including two times in the final thirty-two seconds.  The Royals Cayla Durkee missed a game-tying three with a second left.

Maya Spence (17 points) gets airborne in the lane

Maya Spence (17 points) gets airborne in the lane

Five different G’town players had 3-pointers.  Junior Maya Spence (17 points) clicked from downtown three times.

The Clippers got off to a terrific start (10-0) and later late in the third quarter had a comfortable, 41-28, advantage.  But Cayla Durkee and Maya Spence hit three’s in the final minute of the third quarter to give the visitors some life going into the last quarter.

Georgetown (5-5) turned up the defensive heat in the final quarter and things started getting real interesting.  Twelve turnovers (that is not a misprint!) later the Newburyport lead was just two (46-44) after Rory Donoghue nailed a three with thirty-two seconds left.

At this point, the Clippers had struggled mightily at the free throw line making only 8-of-22.  It made perfect sense for Georgetown to foul.  They did and sent Emily Pettigrew to the line.  Emily had missed three of her last four attempts but with twenty-six seconds left made two straight.  Newburyport now up by four (48-44).

Nicole Hogan makes one of nine Royals 3-pointers

Nicole Hogan makes one of nine Royals 3-pointers

The Royals went looking for a three and found one from Isabel Block with thirteen second remaining.  Georgetown within one (48-47).

Newburyport inbounded the ball successfully to Emily Pettigrew.  Inbounding was not a sure thing with twelve NHS turnovers already committed in the quarter.  I am quite sure Newburyport coach Gregg Dollas wanted Emily shooting foul shots in a one-point game but she passed the ball back to Morgan Johnston.  Morgan was quickly fouled.

Morgan had missed five of her last six free throws but in a one-point game with nine seconds left she swished both attempts.  Those make’s gave Newburyport a three-point lead that held up when G’town’s final shot missed.

The Clippers ended a three-game losing streak.  They will resume playing next Friday at Amesbury.

Rory Donoghue covered by Shelby OBrien

Rory Donoghue covered by Shelby OBrien

A likely reason for Georgetown’s poor start was losing starter Rory Donoghue after less than two minutes with two fouls.  Rory had fifteen points and sixteen rebounds in the G’town win over Hamilton-Wenham.

Morgan Johnston set up close to the basket and was able to spin either way to get high-percentage shots.  Emily Pettigrew stayed away from the basket and that gave Morgan room to operate.  Most of Morgan’s baskets were assisted baskets.

Morgan scored the first basket in every quarter and the last two points of the game.

Emily Pettigrew had fifteen points for NHS.  Kayla Durkee added ten for the Royals.

The 12 turnovers by the Clippers in the final quarter were a big surprise after they had only three miscues in the entire first half.

Georgetown was 6-of-13 from the foul line.

Newburyport scored the first ten points in the first half and the first seven points in the second half.  Georgetown never led but did tie the score, 26-26, on a three (Maya Spence) in the last minute of the first half.

The Royals’ next game is Sunday (10AM) at Saugus.

Newburyport boxscore

Georgetown boxscore

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Morgan Johnston in for two

Morgan Johnston in for two

Maya Spence hit three 3-pointers

Maya Spence hit three 3-pointers

Shelby OBrien on the break

Shelby OBrien on the break

Michaela Corvi drives on Nicole Hogan

Michaela Corvi drives on Nicole Hogan

Morgan Johnston gives the Clippers a 3-point lead

Morgan Johnston gives the Clippers a 3-point lead

Cassidy Troy looks for an opening

Cassidy Troy looks for an opening

Morgan Johnston plays defense

Morgan Johnston plays defense

Graceann Conte and Kristin Giovino

Graceann Conte and Kristin Giovino

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Georgetown, Newburyport