The Hamilton-Wenham girls basketball team has committed itself to doing the little things on the basketball court this season.
Last night on the road, the little things gave the Generals a big win.
H-W downed Manchester Essex, 52-49 in overtime to move to 9-4 overall which qualifies the Generals for the post season.
“It’s tremendous to have girls that are willing to do the little things. It makes such a difference,” said H-W head coach Jon DeMarco. “In a game
like this (against ME) where it’s a rock fight, trying to do all the little things made the difference. The extra rebounds and steals gave us extra opportunities in the fourth quarter.”
Haley Willis led all H-W scorers with 13 points but it was big plays and consistent numbers from so many different contributors that helped the Generals overcome a 10-point fourth quarter deficit. Sam Charette (eight rebounds and four blocks) had four big points in the fourth quarter and Carolyn Cook (six points) drained a big, three-pointer that proved to be the dagger in overtime.
Cassandra Fibbe had 10 points, five assists and five rebounds, Catherine Ecker finished with 10 boards and point guard Sue Rose had seven rebounds, six assists and four steals. Julia Fibbe and Lesley Bynum didn’t find their ways into the scoring sheet but both played strong defense along with Taylor Morong, who was back for the first time since getting injured earlier in the season.
Ipswich 58, North Reading 32: Sophomore Masey Zegarowski dished out 12 assists to go with 14 points and Caroline Soucy scored a game high 18 points as Ipswich improved to 12-2 overall. Senior Courtney Eramo played outstanding defense against the 6-foot, 4-inch Adrianna Flanagan (three points) and Julia Davis chipped in eight points, 10 rebounds and seven steals.
Danvers 54, Beverly 43: Ashley Arnoldy had eight points and 10 rebounds as Danvers (8-6) moved another step closer toward qualifying for the state tournament. Delaney Zecha (eight points) and Kasey Sherry (10 points) were the offensive catalysts and helped the Falcons sustain four full quarters of play. Andrea Zelano led Beverly (5-9) with 10 points.
Salem 46, Gloucester 38: Jaclyn Panneton had a monster double-double (20 rebounds and 18 points) for Salem (6-7) and Ari Gaffney gave the Witches a nice outside presence with 13 points. Rachael Zipper (nine points) also shined for the Witches, handling extensive pressure from Gloucester with poise.
Chelsea 61, NST/EA 57: The Bulldogs dropped to 2-12 despite 20 points and eight assists from Trace Schaejbe and 10 rebounds and 10 points from Elijah Alfred.
Manchester Essex 60, Hamilton-wenham 53: James Foye (17 points and seven rebounds) and Henry Eagar (14 points and nine rebounds) led H-W (7-6) offensively while Nick Loeper had five steals on defense.
Rockport 71, Masconomet 62: Senior Tighe Van Lenten had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, but the Chieftains (7-6) had their winning streak snapped by their CAL rivals.
Peabody 50, Marblehead 39: Matt Correale (13 points) and Jared McCarron (14 points) were the high scorers for Peabody (4-9) while senior point guard Steve Leavitt had an outstanding floor game to go with his nine points. Peter Tulley led Marblehead with 11 points while Spencer Craig had eight points and five rebounds and junior Ryan Himes added seven rebounds and six points.
North Reading 64, Ipswich 33: Ben Rice had eight rebounds to go along with his 12 points as the Tigers drop to 2-12 overall. Eric Fyrer added a dozen points and seven boards for Ipswich.
Salem 69, Gloucester 47: Marvin Baez hit five threes, scoring 19 points and adding five assists as the Witches stopped Gloucester’s win streak at three games. Billy Muse added 17 points and Christian Dunston chipped in with 13 points, five rebounds and five assists. David Kazadi added 10 rebounds for the Witches (11-3), who qualified for the postseason with this victory.
Marblehead takes diving, 500: The Magicians controlled day one of the Northeastern Conference championships, with Jake Driscoll winning the boys diving with a 171 score and Tyler Phillips winning the girls diving with 206.25. Harrison Rodts and Ryan Alexander also won the league 500 titles for boys and girls, respectively.
Bishop Fenwick 58, Austin Prep 18: The Crusaders finished the season 5-2 behind senior Caroline Claveau, who led a sweep of the high jump in 4-4 and was second in the shot (29-2). Maggie Lepley won the shot (30-3), Julia Pierce took the 300 (46.4), Becky Mercuco took the dash (8.3), Andrera Klos won the 600 (1:56) and Natalie Emerson won the high hurdles (10.3).
Bishop Fenwick 53, Austin Prep 32: The Crusaders wrapped up a 6-1 dual meet season with Charlie Maistrellis winning the 300 (38.6) and the long jump (18-4 3/4). Andrew Carlin was also a double-winner, taking the high jump (5-6) and the high hurdles (9.77). Eric Razney won the dash (7.02), Bryan Mendes won the mile (4:45) and Patrick Corcoran won the shot put (45-4).
St. John’s 56, Xaverian 39: A sweep of the 2-mile led by Tim Loehner (9:57.19), Liam Dow (10:01.73) and Nick Fecteau (10:04.57) helped the Eagles (6-0) wrap up the Tri-County League title. Evan Dombrowski won the shot (51-6), Josh Hubble won the 300 (37.72), Will Stark won the 600 (1:26.53) and the 4x400 team also won.
“I’m as proud of this team as any I’ve ever coached. It’s a great group of kids that have finished hard. We’ve had three straight very tough meets that we could’ve lost, and they didn’t let it happen,” said longtime Eagles coach @text1SportsBriefScore:Ray Carey.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Salem State 69, MCLA 57: Ginny Fleming had a team-high 15 points and Salem State (9-12) forced 27 turnovers while holding MLCA to 35 percent shooting in a solid home win. Ashley White scored 12 points with four steals, Bridget Dullea had five steals and Lara Bruni scored 14 points.
Wentworth 59, Endicott 46: The Gulls (11-8) lost their third straight conference game. Samantha Crough was Endicott’s top scorer with 14 points while Kayleen Whall added 11.
Roger Williams 71, Gordon 41: The Fighting Scots fell on the road though Lauren Kranyak scored 17 points.
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Gordon 93, Roger Williams 80: The Scots (13-6) bounced back as Alex Carnes errupted for 39 points off the bench, hitting 14-of-15 shots, all five of his treys and six of seven from the line. David Dempsey chipped in 18 points for Gordon in the road win.
Wentworth 83, Endicott 76: Lance Greene scored 25 points but it wasn’t enough to carry his club to a home win. Lachlan Magee scored 16 and John Henault added 14 for the Gulls (8-11).
MCLA 92, Salem State 81: Tavone Wynder scored 18 points and Bryan Ortiz added 17 but the Vikings (12-8) couldn’t get the stops they needed to overcome a 10-point halftime deficit.
St. Anselm 5, Salem State 2: Derek Crocker’s shorthanded goal in the second period got the Vikings (10-8-1) back in the game, but St. A’s scored the last two goals of the game to seal the win at Rockett Arena. Kyle Phelan scored to give the hosts a 1-0 lead in the first.