DANVERS — The Danvers and Gloucester girls basketball teams don’t hide the strategy they share.
Each team depends on its defense, hoping to grind out possessions and translate turnovers into points. Not the prettiest game you’ll ever see. So when the two teams met at Danvers High School last night, it came as no surprise that the game was far from aesthetically pleasing.
That didn’t much matter to Danvers coach Pat Veilleux, though, when his Falcons walked off the court with a 40-33 win in a game devoid of offensive rhythm and defined by 48 combined turnovers. It may have been ugly ... but at the end of the day, no win is ugly.
“We know both of our teams can play a whole lot better than that, but I don’t care whether you win ugly,” Veilleux said. “It doesn’t matter to me. We needed that win so bad. We were really making progress in the last three games, really improving, and we took a huge step back tonight. But any time you can get a ‘W’ when you play like this, we’ve got to be happy.”
Danvers struggled to get anything going on the offensive end throughout the first half, as Gloucester’s defense stole the show. Captains Katie Ciaramitaro and Sophie Black were dominant on the defensive end, as Ciaramitaro shut down Danvers star Kasey Sherry and Black was there to fill passing lanes in the paint. The Fishermen (3-4) forced the Falcons into 16 first-half turnovers.
Things weren’t much better on the other end, though, as Gloucester simply couldn’t get any shots to fall and took a slim 23-22 lead into halftime despite the dominant defensive effort.
“We missed a lot of what I think are shots that should have gone in,” Gloucester coach Brandon Lewis said. “Missed a lot of layups. It’s a tough loss. I feel like we should have won this one.”