By Jean DePlacido
---- — DANVERS — Coming off of a tough the last time out, Danvers High girls basketball coach Pat Veilleux wanted his team to spread out the scoring last night and not rely as much on senior guard Kasey Sherry.
They obviously listened to his message.
While Sherry poured in 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds, two other Falcons hit double figures in a 50-42 non-league victory over Lynnfield.
In improving to 7-5, the Falcons found their inside game behind junior forwards Emily McNulty (13 points, 5 rebounds) and Ashley Arnoldy (a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds).
“McNulty works extremely hard,” said Veilleux. “She’s been great all year, and there’s no question the key to this win was her work posting up.
“Arnoldy also had a great game. She does all the dirty work inside that doesn’t show up in the scoreboard and often doesn’t get recognized.”
The game wasn’t as close as the final score might indicate. Danvers got off to an excellent start, shooting out to a 9-1 lead and had a 14-point cushion at the end of the first quarter. McNulty led the way with seven points, and in the final minute freshman Hannah Llewellyn and Sherry hit back-to-back treys.
The Falcons built the lead up to 18 early in the second quarter before the Pioneers (which finished with seven 3-pointers) quickly cut it down to six. But Danvers made the last three points before halftime to push the lead to 30-21 at the half.
“As a team we can hit the long ball,” said Pioneer (6-7) coach Pam McDonald. “Sherry is a very good player for Danvers; we’re not very big size wise so if the other team has a strong inside post game we always struggle. Their inside game killed us tonight, and we got off to a really cold start which certainly didn’t help.”
The Falcons took complete control in the third quarter behind Arnoldy and McNulty, who combined to score 14 of their team’s 18 points. Sherry hit a shot at the buzzer to give Danvers a 17-point cushion going into the final eight minutes.
“My point guards did a great job passing it in to me,” said McNulty. “I’m learning how to gain position under the basket and either go up or draw the foul. Kasey got the ball in to me, and she also hit some big threes.
“We’re young, but we’ve got some freshmen coming off the bench to help with the scoring. Maybe we don’t have as much talent as some teams, but we’ve got a lot of heart and we work hard.”
One thing Veilleux wasn’t happy about were the turnovers that continue to be a problem; the Falcons turned the ball over 23 times and scored only two points in the fourth quarter.
“That’s something I’m not happy with, but as Sherry reminded me in the locker room a win’s a win,” he said. “I can’t fault how hard this team works, and it was nice to see other people step up to take some of the burden off Sherry.”