Fenwick head coach Adam DeBaggis didn’t want his team playing helter-skelter, halfcourt ball at Lynnfield’s pace; he was much happier when his Crusaders slowed it down offensively and worked the ball around the perimeter, waiting for the best option. Once they did that, the Crusaders scored with more frequency and pulled away from the fourth-seeded Pioneers (16-5).
“We’ve been much better at controlling the flow (offensively) lately. That comes from maturity,” said DeBaggis. “Gianna and Kate are 3-year starters and Colleen has the maturity of a senior; she’s a growing leader and very, very smart. Bridget and Mikayla (Porcaro) are both very solid players for us; Sydney can drive to the basket and Kate loves lining up for those outside shots.
“This has to be the most improved team I’ve ever coached as far as playing at a different level from they were at the beginning of the season,” he added. “That’s why we’re looking forward to playing St. Mary’s again.”
Fenwick took its first lead with 28.5 seconds left in the first quarter after a Pizzano steal and ensuing layup gave the visitors a 12-11 lead. The Crusaders led by eight at halftime (28-20) and watched the lead swell to 14 after three quarters (44-30) before pulling away for good in the final frame.
Lynnfield got 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, from senior guard Rachel Goodwin and nine points from junior Emma Mancini. But Fenwick proved too strong overall.
Bishop Fenwick 59, Lynnfield 38
at Lynnfield High School
Bishop Fenwick: Rose 2-0-5, Porcaro 1-0-2, B. Corcoran 2-0-4, Fantozzi 0-1-1, Mancinelli 0-0-0, Pizzano 3-4-13, C. Corcoran 9-4-22, Camelo 0-0-0, Brennan 2-1-5, MacKenzie 0-0-0, Lipka 3-1-7. Totals 22-11-59.
Lynnfield: McRae 2-2-8, Goodwin 3-2-10, Mancini 4-1-9, Pasciuto 0-0-0, Weaver 0-0-0, Filipe 0-0-0, Look 0-0-0, DiCesare 1-2-5, Lawless 1-3-6. Totals 11-10-38.
Halftime: Bishop Fenwick, 28-20.
3-pointers: BF, Pizzano 3, Rose; L, McRae 2, Goodwin 2, DiCesare, Lawless.
Records: BF, 13-7; L, 16-5.