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Newburyport brings down undefeated Manchester-Essex 62-47

Newburyport used its speed to get layups

Newburyport used its speed to get layups

Anna Hickman (20 points)

Anna Hickman (20 points)

(Newburyport MA) What a second quarter!

The Newburyport Clippers took the visiting Manchester-Essex Hornets apart in that second frame and took the suspense over the outcome along with it.

The final was 62-47 for this Tuesday night game but if you were on hand one minute into the second quarter you saw the Hornets with a 16-12 lead.

One minute into the second half, the Clippers (6-2) were in front, 37-20.  That was a 25-4 segment for the home team.

How did they do it?  After a period of allowing the Hornets, especially Melanie Carter, to get to the basket the Clippers protected the paint better.  They also rebounded better.  Good defense transferred into up-tempo offense and layups down the other end.  Even in their half-court offense Newburyport found ways to get to the basket for points or foul shots.

Anna Hickman (20 points) was a standout on both ends of the court.  Her tight D on ME point-guard Kaitlyn O’Connell impacted the Hornets ability to run their offense.  The sophomore forced turnovers and was part of numerous NHS fast-breaks.  Anna drained two 3’s, made four other baskets, and took ten free throws.  Quite a performance against a team that came in undefeated after six games.

Krysta Padellaro (17 points) in for two

Krysta Padellaro (17 points) in for two

Krysta Padellaro (17 points) had a big hand in the win as well,  She put up eleven points in the breakaway second quarter.  The ME deficit was only four (22-18) five minutes into the second quarter before the NHS junior dribbled the length of the court for one layup, drained a triple, and drove in for another layup.  Those seven unanswered, extended the NHS margin to eleven (29-18).

Two free throws by Sarah Robinson (17 points) stopped the bleeding temporarily but the Clippers came back with eight points in a row (Olivia Olson layup & 2 free throws, Krysta jump shot, Anna layup) and the lead was seventeen (37-20) one minute into the second half.

The teams played even the rest of the way.

Manchester-Essex used a zone defense.  Their trouble was getting back fast enough to get into it.  The Clippers were eager to run after every defensive rebound and collected layups at the other end by doing it.

The Hornets (6-1) were coming off an impressive win at home (39-37) against Pentucket on Friday night.

Newburyport ended up with eighteen turnovers including four straight starting the game.  ME finished with sixteen turnovers including five in their disastrous six-point second quarter.

Beth Castantini

Beth Castantini

Beth Castantini was on the Newburyport bench.  She was a 1000-point scorer for the Clippers back in the day.

Manchester-Essex box

Newburyport box

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Melanie Carter (12 points) had an impressive first quarter

Melanie Carter (12 points) had an impressive first quarter

Sarah Robinson (17 points) hit three triples

Sarah Robinson (17 points) hit three triples

Katie Hadden

Katie Hadden

Olivia Olson (12 points)

Olivia Olson (12 points)

Loose ball

Loose ball

Krysta Padellaro covered by Bridgett Kiernan

Krysta Padellaro covered by Bridgett Kiernan

Anna Hickman shot ten free throws

Anna Hickman shot ten free throws

Paige Gouldthorpe

Paige Gouldthorpe

Katie Hadden to the basket

Katie Hadden to the basket

Freshman Maggie Pons defended by freshman Bridget Twombly

Freshman Maggie Pons defended by freshman Bridget Twombly

 

 

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Olivia Olson (20 points) leads Newburyport past Amesbury 50-48

Olivia Olson and Morgan Johnson surround Emily Pettigrew after her game-winner

Olivia Olson and Morgan Johnson surround Emily Pettigrew after her game-winner

 

Olivia Olson - 20 points and strong defense

Olivia Olson – 20 points and strong defense

(Newburyport MA) It was one of those nights for Newburyport sophomore Olivia Olson.

Olivia paced the Clippers (2-5) with twenty points but her biggest shot of the night was a complete miss that set up the game-winner in Newburyport’s 50-48, win over Amesbury on Monday night.

Olivia’s late-in-the-game launch was undershot but came right to teammate Emily Pettigrew (11 points) under the basket.  Emily, who struggled all game to get open, was wide open on this occasion and cashed the last-second layup to seal the deal for the Clippers.

Amesbury (3-3) had rallied in the last minute on inside scores by Abbie Sartori and McKenzie Cloutier to knot things at 48-48 before Newburyport’s last-second heart breaker.

The Indians were down by as many as eight (23-15) in the first half but miscues by the Clippers in the 3rd quarter (eight turnovers) opened the comeback door for the visitors.  Maddie Napoli’s fall-away 3-pointer put Amesbury ahead, 30-28, with 2 1/2 minutes left in the quarter.  Newburyport (2-5) responded with seven unanswered points.  Amesbury tied the score at 43 (converted rebound by Megan Reid) and later at 48 with seventeen seconds left.

Amanda Martin defended by Olivia Olson

Amanda Martin defended by Olivia Olson

Olivia Olson hit five 3’s getting at least one in each quarter.  Her work defending the Indians’ top scorer Amanda Martin was also noteworthy.  Olivia limited the Cape Ann League second-teamer to seven free throws.  Amanda did miss a number of minutes in the second half because of foul trouble.

The Indians’ zone defense was very effective in keeping the ball away from 6′ Emily Pettigrew (CAL first team).  Amesbury’s concentration on the inside opened opportunities on the outside and on this night Olivia Olson took full advantage.

Emily’s layin in the last second won the game but she also had a three from the right corner (set up by Michaela Corvi) that put NHS in front by four with 1 1/2 minutes to go.

Newburyport missed eight free throws (10-for-18) while Amesbury missed only four (14-18).

Maddie Napoli (16 points) guarded by Krysta Padellaro

Maddie Napoli (16 points) guarded by Krysta Padellaro

Sophomore Maddie Napoli (16 points) impressed at point guard for Amesbury.  The Indians had only five turnovers in the second half. Maddie hit two 3’s and made several difficult layups in the lane.

Newburyport travels to Everett on Wednesday night.  Next for Amesbury is an away game versus Pentucket on Friday night.

No one seemed to know when the last time was that Amesbury defeated Newburyport.  Believe me; they nearly pulled it off in this game!

Newburyport box

Amesbury box

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Amanda Martin

Amanda Martin

Newburyport defense

Newburyport defense

Zoe Fitzgerald and Julia LaMontagne surround Emily Pettigrew

Zoe Fitzgerald and Julia LaMontagne surround Emily Pettigrew

McKenzie Cloutier gets a rebound

McKenzie Cloutier gets a rebound

Abbie Sartori (32) and Emily Pettigrew (10)

Abbie Sartori (32) and Emily Pettigrew (10)

scramble on the floor

scramble on the floor

Morgan Johnston (12) blocks a shot

Morgan Johnston (12) blocks a shot

 

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