Gloucester took a brief lead early in the third quarter after game high scorer Sophia Black (17 points) hit a jumper and was fouled. She made the old-fashioned three to put the Fishermen ahead, 28-25. Julianna Costanzo (nine points) scored to increase the lead to five points midway through the quarter before Danvers went on an 8-0 run to regain the lead and never looked back.
Llewellyn started it with a 3-pointer, and freshman Devin Walsh (six points, six rebounds, three steals) put in a rebound to tie it up. After Ashley Arnoldy made a free throw Walsh made a layup, and Llewellyn hit another 3-pointer.
“Hannah has a really nice shot, and it was huge when she made those 3’s,” said Sherry, a senior captain. “I was getting a little tired, but I knew I had to keep shooting, and they’d start falling. I was confident my teammates would pick me up.
“It’s no surprise this was a close game; it always is any time we play them. After going 5-15 last year we worked too hard to let it go in the first game. Coach made some changes that worked. Usually we sit in a two-three zone, but he mixed it up by going man-to-man which worked. I’m just sorry I won’t be able to play with Hannah next year; she’ll take over my role and do a great job.”
Llewellyn had a monster third quarter, scoring seven points, the same total the Gloucester team had in that eight minute span.
“Once I hit a couple of 3’s I felt confident,” Llewellyn said. “Kasey has helped me so much; she’s the best captain ever. The whole team has been so welcoming it’s been a fun year for me.”
Arnoldy was high rebounder for the Falcons with eight while Delaney Zecha had six points and six big steals. Veilleux calls Zecha (six points) the “silent assassin” because she can control the game even without getting a point.