Girls Basketball

Andover ousted at Garden by nationally-ranked Braintree

David Willis dwillis@eagletribune.com — Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 2:04 am

BOSTON — Andover’s E.J. Perry knew there were concerns and questions two years ago,when the football coach, known for his fiery competitiveness both in games and in practice, took on the job as Golden Warriors girls basketball coach.

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Chittick goes wild, Knights rally for win

After sitting out the majority of the game with back trouble, North Andover’s Leah Chittick felt something special as she knocked down the first bucket of the fourth quarter.

“Abbie (Karalis) swung me a great pass and I hit a 3-pointer,” said Chittick. “After that basket, I could tell that there was something there. It felt really good.”

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Girls Basketball, 07/21/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Andover wins North title in thriller over Billerica

LOWELL — With just three seconds left on the clock and Andover leading by a single point, Golden Warrior senior Rachael Cormier stepped to the free throw line. In that moment, classmate Talia Dellatto looked into her point guard’s eyes. “I was freaking out and I looked at Rachael and you could just tell how focused she was,” said Dellatto. “The same for Alyssa (Casey) when she got to the line. They were so calm and so focused. When you are that determined, special things happen.” Cormier knocked down a crucial free throw to make it a 2-point game, then superstar Casey was fouled on a rebound and swished a free throw of her own with just one second left in the game. Billerica (20-4) had time only to throw up a full-court prayer, and Andover clinched a thrilling 41-38 victory to earn the Division 1 North title Saturday night at the Tsongas Center. “It’s just unreal,” said Cormier. “I don’t even remember the final second. I just remember running and jumping and celebrating. We knew it was going to be a hard game, and that we would have to battle. To win this is just surreal.” The Golden Warriors (22-2) now advance to the Division 1 state semifinal on Monday at the TD Garden in Boston at 5:45 p.m. They will face 23-0 South champ Braintree, the defending state champ. “I have never experienced anything like this before,” said Casey, who scored a team-high 15 points. “It’s incredible. I’m overwhelmed. I can’t even describe how much fun this is. I can’t wait to play Braintree.” This marks the first North title for the Andover girls since the Nicole Boudreau-led Golden Warriors took home three straight state titles in 2010-12. “It really is amazing,” said senior co-captain Colleen Caveney. “We have played so many tough games, and to fight and get this win is so thrilling. It was a very back-and-fourth game and we had to stay tough.” Against a Billerica team that had dealt them one of their two losses this winter (Andover won 57-35 on Jan. 2 and lost 42-29 on Feb. 11), the Warriors knew they would face a physical battle. “They were big and strong and were very tough on the boards,” said Cormier. “So we had to stay low and get tough. We had to play defense to beat them.” Sure enough, defense was the name of the game through the first three quarters on both sides. After Casey hit two shots in the first quarter, Andover was limited to three baskets in the second and third combined, and Billerica had just four in that stretch. Andover led 24-19 after three. “We had to fight and stay tough mentally through that,” said center Jillian Webber. “We were nervous, but we could not let down for a second.” It was Webber who gave the Warriors some rhythm back in the fourth, making a move in the paint and sinking a smooth hook shot. One possession later it was Cormier, playing with four fouls, who drove for a layup. Casey added a jumper and Dellatto, Caveney and Carissa Reming each hit free throws. But Billerica kept answering, and with less than a minute to go the Indians began to foul. First it was Cormier who drained two free throws, then Casey hit two of her own. Billerica again answered with a 3-pointer, making it 39-38 when Cormier went to the line with three seconds left. “You can’t let the moment overwhelm you,” said Casey, a 5-11 sophomore who was named MVC Division 1 MVP. “I know I can hit free throws. I have made a million in my life. I just had to do it.” Each knocked one down, kicking off a massive celebration at center court. “It was crazy,” said Dellatto. “Winning is the best feeling ever. I was tearing up it was so emotional. I am so happy to do this with my team.” Andover knows it now faces a massive task at the Garden. But the Warriors feel ready. “I am nervous, but it is a good, exciting nervous,”said Webber. “I know it is going to be an unforgettable day I will remember my whole life.”

Andover 41, Billerica 38 Division 1 North Final Billerica (38): Caitlin Catania 8 1-4 17, Lauren Zarro 1 0-0 2, Catherine Napoli 0 1-2 1, Nicole Wedge 0 1-2 1, Maura Baronas 2 0-0 5, Caitlin Boermeester 1 0-0 2, Danielle Loguidice 1 2-2 5, Caroline Gillis 1 2-2 5. Totals 14 7-12 38 Andover (41): Alyssa Casey 5 4-6 15, Jillian Webber 2 4-4 8, Colleen Caveney 1 5-9 7, Talia Dellatto 0 4-6 4, Rachael Cormier 1 4-6 6, Carissa Reming 0 1-2 1, Caileigh Reming 0 0-0 0. Totals 9 22-33 41 3-pointers: A — Casey; B — Baronas, Loguidice Billerica (20-4):     6 7 6 19 — 38 Andover (22-2):    10 8 6 17 — 41 State semifinals: Monday at TD Garden, vs. Braintree, 5:45 p.m.

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Astro Defense

No. 5 Pinkerton shaded No. 4 Bishop Guertin in the Division 1 quarterfinals in a defensive battle 36-33. Val Martin and Marissa Stacy each had nine points and Jaime Caron chipped in with six.
In Monday's semis, the Astros will take on No. 9 Winnacunnet, which toppled top seed Bedford 42-40.

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Girls Basketball, 03/06/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Defense carries Lancers


Londonderry's girls gave up no more than 10 points in any quarter and defeated Nashua North 47-39 in the Division 1 quarterfinals. Brittany Roche and Tara Burke had 11 and 10 points respectively for the Lancers (20-2), who face Manchester Central Monday at 6 p.m. at Southern New Hampshire University.

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Girls Basketball, 03/06/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

After beating Pope John 69-33 in January, Whittier stunned by Tigers in quarters

LAWRENCE — Pope John XXIII coach Jake Feraco watched Whittier play four times this winter so he had an airtight game plan heading into the Division 4 North semifinals.

“I noticed that with every time in the halfcourt set, they were bothered by man-to-man,” Feraco said. “So we knew we had to guard them halfcourt man-to-man. We knew we needed to keep the ball out of Michaela Martin’s hands because she’s a great playmaker.”

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Girls Basketball, 03/05/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Unbeaten Conant ousts Pelham in semis

HOOKSETT, N.H. – A gallant Pelham High run through the New Hampshire Division 3 State Tournament ended last night at Southern New Hampshire University in the state semifinals, The Pythons didn’t go down with throwing a serious scare into unbeaten and top-seeded Conant, before falling 53-43. No. 5 Pelham had gotten to this point with wins over Hopkinton and an upset at rival Campbell, the fourth seed. The Pythons finish the year at 16-5 in the Granite State. It took a monster, 29-point night from Holy Cross-bound Maddy Springfield to put the Pythons away. Down 30-19 at the half and 38-26 after three, Pelham clawed back into and had all the life when Lilly Shilmon drained a three-pointer inside the final four minutes to slice the margin to seven points. But Eva Hodgson, who had nine second-half points, hit a clutch hoop inside the final minute and Conant took care of business from the line to advance and make it 23 straight. Saturday night back here, Conant goes for the title against Gilford, the No. 2 seed at 23-0. Gilford beat rival Laconia, 37-34. The two unbeatens will meet Saturday at 5:30,

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Astros eliminate Salem

DERRY — It would appear the Pinkerton girls have found the optimum point total needed for winning basketball games.

Seeded fifth entering the postseason, the Astros had won six of their final seven, scoring between 57 and 59 points in five of those victories.

And it proved more of the same in the preliminary round of the Division 1 tournament running away from 12th-seeded Salem in a 60-44 victory before a crowd of about 100.

"I know what her (Salem coach Michaela Galvin) game plan is, and it's a smart one," Pinkerton coach Lani Buskey said. "She tried to get us off our composure. We've had some games where we've lost our composure, and it's cost us.

"But we've been practicing, man. We've been practicing for teams that try to get at us mentally and emotionally, and I'm really proud of my girls. They held their own."

The Astros (15-6) rode an erratic first half into a 27-19 lead before erupting early in the third from long range. A trio of threes from Jaime Caron, Melissa Martel and Emilie Laliberte were each set up on assists from Valerie Martin. Three free throws from Martin also were part of a run that opened a 37-23 lead midway through the third quarter.

"In the first half, they were really on me, and I let the pressure get to me," said Martin, who finished with eight points. "In the second half, I just tried to calm down, and make the smart moves. Then get the ball to my teammates, and they definitely stepped up."

The Astros never let the Blue Devils, who finished 6-15 overall, closer than 12 until fewer than 2 minutes remained.

Martel, who finished with a team-high 16 points, and Marissa Stacy, who added 12, combined to score 17 of Pinkerton's 33 second-half points. But almost as important was the inside play of 5-8 Sara McLeman, who grabbed 12 boards and blocked four shots.

"You can't ask any more than that from your (power forward)," Buskey said. "She's pure heart, and she always works on that. She always asks how many rebounds she has. Points are good for her, but you can't help but love a kid who wants to know how many rebounds she has."

Pinkerton hauled in 13 offensive rebounds over the first three quarters.

"That's kind of been something we've struggled with throughout the season," second-year Salem coach Michaela Galvin said. "Sometimes we're so tough and aggressive and box out every time. Other times we just have these mental lapses. You can't do that and win the game."

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Andover rolls over North Andover in Division 1 North quarterfinals

ANDOVER — As the final seconds ticked off the clock, Alyssa Casey and her fellow Andover High starters sat comfortably on the bench, exchanging hugs and preparing to charge the court and celebrate with their teammates.

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Girls Basketball, 03/02/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Bitter loss

Gadson Lefft forced OT with a 3-pointer with two seconds left but Exeter went on to beat Phillips Andover 55-52. Lefft had 18 and Cara Cavanaugh added 16 points.

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