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December 21, 2013

Friday's area roundup: Caponigro lifts Swampscott over Gloucester


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Swampscott 60, Gloucester 57: Freshman Jaymie Caponigro helped win the game for the Big Blue (1-1) in the final minutes as she made a steal and made three free throws down the stretch. She finished the game with 12 points, while senior Jackie Walsh scored 17 and sophomore Meghan Hartmann played valuable minutes to add 11 points in the victory.

“It was pretty close the whole game,” said Swampscott head coach Abrom Roberts. “The girls never gave up and didn’t cave under pressure. It says a lot about Jaymie, as a freshman, to step up like she did under all the pressure.”

Masconomet 75, Triton 28: Hannah Kiernan scored all 18 of her points in the first half as the Chieftains (1-0) opened the season by scoring 49 in the first 16 minutes. Kiernan added six steals and three assists while Nicole Femino scored nine points along with eight rebounds, and Meghan Collins scored 10 points for Masco, which used 13 players and had 12 scorers.

Hamilton-Wenham 53, North Reading 39: The Generals used their press defense to grab 37 total steals and break open a one-point game in the second half. Haley Willis scored 20 points and had nine thefts while Samantha Charette had 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven steals. Sue Rose ran the points with ten assists and five steals for H-W (2-1) while Molly Eagar had 10 swipes and Catherine Ecker had seven points and 10 boards.

Ipswich 32, Georgetown 26: The Tigers (2-0) prevailed in a tight defensive matchup as Jenna Gagnon led all scorers with 18 points. Freshman point guard Kelsey Daly did a good job handling the ball and Ipswich played very good defense and went to the basket regularly.

Winthrop 48, Danvers 35: The Vikings held Danvers to seven points in the third quarter to take charge of the contest. Sopomore shooting guard Hannah Llewellyn was the high scorer for Danvers with 14 points, including four three-pointers, and Ashley Arnoldy scored five points while picked up six rebounds. The Falcons were hampered by 26 turnovers.

Marblehead 72, Everett 35: Emily Freedland (17 points and six steals), Mia Bongiorno (17 points and five assists) and Lindsay Walker (13 points and six rebounds) carried the undefeated Magicians (3-0).

Archbishop Williams 66, Bishop Fenwick 47: Colleen Corcoran led the Crusaders with 19 points, seven of which were from the free-throw line. and also added 11 rebounds and three blocks. Gianna Pizzano dropped in 15, two steals and two assists in the loss. Fenwick has a makeup game tomorrow against Austin Prep.

Salem 35, Beverly 32: Salem’s Jaclyn Panneton scored a game-high 11 points to lift her team to their first victory of the season. While the Witches led the majority of the game, Beverly came back to take the lead in the third quarter with help from Bridget Keaton (nine points). Salem buckled down in the fourth quarter to pull ahead for the victory.

GIRLS HOCKEY

Pingree 2, North Yarmouth 1: Junior Leah Heinze netted the game-winning goal assisted by Katie Shreenan as the Highlanders (3-3) earned their first road win of the season. Freshman Abbey Dirks also scored a goal assisted by Jillian Witwicki and freshman goalie CeCe Purcell made 30 saves.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Pingree 94, Bancroft 44: The Highlanders (4-2) saw eight players scored in double-figures and topped 90-points for the second straight game. Kyle Lentine scored 17 points and grabbed 10 boards while Erik Fyrer scored 16 and Connor Reardon added 15. Pingree rode the momentum of its press defense, which produced 21 steals in the first half alone including eight from Johnnie Spears (10 points).

Georgetown 59, Ipswich 45: The Tigers (0-3) fell behind by ten by halftime and couldn’t get back over the hump in the second half. Ben Rice had 12 points and grabbed six rebounds for Ipswich while Matt Jeager scored 12 points.

Danvers 75, Winthrop 36: Senior guard Kieran Beck scored 19 points while picking up six rebounds and five steals to help the Falcons (1-0) win their season opener. Junior forward Devan Harris had 13 points and seven rebounds, junior center Peter Merry scored 11 with five rebounds and seven blocks and freshman guard Devonn Allen dished out six assisted. Sophomore guard Rashad Francois chipped in with 11 points, six rebounds and five assists.

St. Mary’s 85, Marblehead 77: The Spartans hit nine of their 11 three-pointers in the first half and while Marblehead closed to within six points in the second half, the Magicians (1-1) weren’t able to come all the way back. Cian Saunders led Marblehead with 25 points and Matt Millett scored 20, while Spencer Craig had 11 assists and eight points and Wil Millett grabbed eight rebounds.

Lynn English 75, Peabody 58: Brian Onessimo finished with 19 points to go along with 12 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough for the Tanners. David Hoar had eight points and eight rebounds as Peabody evens out at 1-1.

Hamilton-Wenham 55, North Reading 54: The Hornets missed their final shot, to give the Generals the victory. Henry Eagar played outstanding, scoring 28 points to go along with nine rebounds. Jimmy Campbell had a big hoop and hit a key foul shot down the stretch.