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Strong second half sends Newburyport to 65-49 win over North Reading

Sami Cavanaugh (15 points) keyed the Clippers second half comeback

Ali Grasso (23 points)

(Newburyport MA) It isn’t often that you go to one game and see two of them.

If all you saw was the first half of tonight’s Newburyport/North Reading game, you would have been very impressed with the Hornets.  They made shots in close and from long range (five 3’s).  The North Reading defense forced nine turnovers in the first half and Julia Howse had several blocks on layup attempts. Junior Ali Grasso had thirteen points and NR led, 35-27.

Fortunately for Newburyport there was a second half and it was their turn to dazzle.  The Clippers caught the Hornets in the third quarter and blew the visitors out in the final quarter to win, 65-49.

“That was us in the first half,” said North Reading coach Bob Melillo afterwards.  “We didn’t play defense in the second half.”

The high NHS point total was a big surprise to the NR coach.  “We gave up 65 points.  We never give up 65 points to anyone.”

Newburyport fast break

Junior Sami Cavanaugh (15 points) explained how things got turned around: “Coach (Grutchfield) told us at halftime, ‘No second shots.  Be smart on offense.  No turnovers.  Every possession counts.”

Newburyport (6-4) has now won six of their last seven games.  “We can compete with anyone when we play well,” explained NHS coach Karen Grutchfield.

One significant improvement was lessening the turnovers.  In this game the Clippers had nine TOs in the first quarter but had only ten more over the final three periods.

“When we attack offensively, we’re a different team,” added Coach Grutchfield. “Tonight, we had four players in double figures.”

Katie Hadden (11 points) battles for a rebound

Sami Cavanaugh (15) led the Clippers.  Anna Hickman (12), Katie Hadden (11), and Meg Winn (11) were also in double figures.

Junior Ali Grasso (23 points) led the Hornets.

A key to the Newburyport win?  Ali Grasso had only two points in the final quarter.

The teams were tied, 44-44, going into that final quarter.

The Clippers tight defense, with Sami Cavanaugh covering Ali Grasso, limited the visitors to one Ali drive in the first four minutes.  Meanwhile, the Clippers get-to-the-basket approach turned up three layups, and four free throws.  Meg Winn added a triple.  That’s a thirteen-point collection!

The burst of good everything separated the Clippers, 57-46, from NR and the Hornets couldn’t recover.

Coach Grutchfield: “The game was called so tight.  Our team seemed to adjust to it better than they did.”

The Clippers now 6-4 started the season with three straight losses. “The story of our season has been too many turnovers,” said Coach Grutchfield.  “We talk a lot about protecting the ball.”

North Reading (7-3) had won four straight games prior to tonight’s loss.

The Hornets defeated Newburyport, 53-45, in December at North Reading.  Casey McAuliffe had seventeen for NR in the win.  Tonight, Casey ended with seven points and none of them after the first minute of the second period.

North Reading box

Newburyport box

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scramble

Anna Hickman (12 points) out front

Casey McAuliffe (10) in where shots get blocked

Maggie Pons (3) and Jessica Rosseau (44)

Maggie Pons in for two

Mia DeNofrio

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Newburyport rebounds with 9-2 win over Georgetown

Paige Gouldthorpe leaves the field after a big hitting/pitching afternoon

Paige throws to first

(Newburyport MA) Back in the day there was a popular song with lyrics that started, “What a difference a day makes, twenty-four little hours.”

Those words certainly applied to the Newburyport softball team as they recovered from a 17-1 pounding by Triton to come back the next day and defeat Georgetown, 9-2, on a sunny Wednesday afternoon.

“We did everything we needed to do to win today,” explained senior Paige Gouldthorpe afterwards. “Everyone hit more, and our fielding was definitely cleaner than yesterday.”

Who could argue with any of that?  The Clippers (5-3) whacked fourteen hits, had baserunners galore, and committed one error.

The Royals (1-6) jumped out to a 2 zip lead in the opening frame as some of the bad vibes from the Triton game lingered for a half inning.  Two walks, a wild pitch, and a misread in left (Cali Caponigro) turned into two Georgetown runs.  Caitlyn Donoghue and Maeve McNeil had the RBIs.

After that shaky start, however, the Clippers changed from poor to excellent led by senior Paige Gouldthorpe.

Kate Irons slides as 2B Madi Duford reaches for the ball

After giving up two hits in the first inning, Paige surrendered just one (Kate Irons) the final six innings.  Today Paige also had the strikeout pitch working and set down eleven Royals via the K route.  During one stretch during the 2nd and 3rd innings, she fanned five of six batters.  Impressive!

Newburyport hit from top to bottom.  Everyone contributed.  Annie Siemasko was the only Clipper held hitless, but she did have a run-scoring sacrifice fly.

The Clippers tied things in the first.  Courtney Walsh’s single not only scored Meg Winn but got past LF Caitlin Donoghue allowing the tying run (Liv Salvatore) to cross.

Kate Irons reached base four times

Newburyport took the lead, 4-2, in the second thanks to two G’Town errors (3B Alyssa Gaeta & C Maeve McNeil).

Paige got out of a mini-jam (runner on third) in the Royals third, ending that inning with a strikeout and an assist.

The Clippers most productive inning was the 4th when they pushed across three runs.  Annie Siemasko, Liv Salvatore, and Sarah Linehan had runs batted in.

Georgetown starter Colleen O’Connor walked in a run in the 5th (Paige Gouldthorpe) and then Paige tripled and drove in NHS’s final run in the sixth.

The numbers certainly didn’t lie: eleven strikeouts, four hits, three runs scored, and an RBI.  Terrific game for the Keene State commit.

Anyone on hand at Pioneer Park today was also impressed with the defense of Georgetown CF Kate Irons.  “She saved them a lot of runs,” recalled NHS coach Bob Gillespie.  “We probably would have had the ten-run rule except for her.”

CF Kate Irons stretches out for a remarkable catch

Every regular fly ball in her direction was routine for her.  Some of the “routine” ones were well hit.  In the second she made a lunging catch on a sinking line drive.  In the third she fielded a shot in short center and combined with shortstop Brenna Donoghue to get a force out.  I was told that she is also an excellent hockey player.  In today’s game, Kate reached base four times.  Good athlete!

Meg Winn had three hits and scored two runs

Junior Meg Winn had three hits for the Clippers and scored twice.

NHS catcher Sarah Linehan is planning to attend UM Amherst and study astro-physics.

The weather was remarkable; 80’s with a breeze.  Don’t expect it to last!

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RF Eleni Goddu chases a fly ball

Royals pitcher Colleen O’Connor straps on gear

Colleen O’Connor ready to tag Madi Duford at home

3B Liv Salvatore had two hits and scored two runs

Catcher Maeve McNeil fields Madi Duford’s roller

Julie Guyer battles the sun

Brenna Donaghue

Tough chance at second

Pitcher Colleen O’Connor catches a popup

RF Mikayla Vincent

Catcher Maeve McNeil

 

 

 

 

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