Danvers girls basketball coach Pat Veilleux felt his team was at a crossroads heading into last night’s battle with Peabody. Sitting in the middle of a difficult stretch of their schedule, a loss could have long-term ramifications.
The Falcons responded with a near-perfect performance, defeating the Tanners, 45-33, on an emotional night.
”It’s the most significant win since I took over in 2007,” Veilleux said. “To be able to do what we did to the team we did it to at the time we did it was amazing.
”Peabody was great to us. Before the game they presented us with ribbons due to the tragedy in October and they presented a check for the Colleen Ritzer Fund, and for our girls to respond, I don’t have the superlatives to do it justice.”
Hannah Llewellyn hit five 3-pointers and scored 14 of her game-high 19 points in the second half. Freshman Lauren McKinnon was 4 for 4 from the free throw line and grabbed nine rebounds. Emily McNulty contributed seven points and eight rebounds while Tina Gigli chipped in with six points and seven boards.
Danvers’ defense made all the difference, however. According to Veilleux, assistant coach Jon Levine drew up a defensive game plan that had the Tanners guessing all night.
”He did an unbelievable job preparing and getting ready for Peabody,” Veilleux said. “I don’t think Peabody knew what we were doing half the time. As a matter of fact, I didn’t know what we were doing half the time. If people came to watch, they would have thought we were the 8-2 team.”
Danvers improved to 8-5 with a game against undefeated Lynn English on Tuesday.
Carolyn Scacchi scored 10 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead Peabody (8-3).
“We got out-hustled, out-rebounded and out-muscled,” said Peabody head coach Jane Heil. “Danvers took it to us, they played great.”
Danvers went 12-for-17 from the free throw line, while Peabody went 4-for-16.
Masconomet 62, Georgetown 33: The Chieftains kept rolling behing 16 points, five rebounds, three steals and three assists from Nicole Femino. Meghan Collins had 17 points for Masco (12-0) while Stephanie Mini (7 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks) and Nicole Tapparo (7 rebounds) also stood out.
Bishop Fenwick 54, Cardinal Spellman 37: Colleen Corcoran scored 20 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead the Crusaders at home. Gianna Pizzano added 14 points, Kate Lipka registered 12 points, five rebounds and four steals, and Bridget Corcoran had eight points and 10 rebounds for Fenwick (6-6).
Mystic Valley 49, North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie 23: Zahira Roland had six points and Stef Cambpell scored four for the Hawks, who fell on the road.
Salem Academy 31, Pheonix Charter 11: Isabelle Collazo scored eight points as Salem (2-5) grabbed the victory. Robyn Hendry chipped in six points.
Revere 43, Swampscott 38: The Big Blue (3-8) jumped out to a nine point lead but didn’t score in the second quarter as the Patriots took control. Jackie Walsh scored 12 points for Swampscott and Sam Rizzo added 11.
Masconomet 83, Georgetown 77 (OT): Jake Rudolph tore it up for the Chieftains, registering a career-high 44 points as Masco won in overtime. Rudolph shot 16 of 34, hitting seven 3-pointers, and scored 31 of Masco’s 39 first-half points. Georgetown shifted most of its defensive attention to Rudolph after the first half and Kevin Martin (15 points, 13 from the fourth quarter on) and Jalen Aho (10 points, 8 in the second half) picked up the slack.”I think we took really big steps forward tonight,” Masco (5-5) coach Frank Shea said. “It was a good high school game. I don’t think anybody had more than a six-point lead the whole game.”
Mystic Valley 63, North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie 61: North Shore hung tight for the whole game but couldn’t pull it out in the end. Trace Schaejbe scored 20 points and Riley Anderson added 17 for North Shore (2-8). Dan Ramirez grabbed 10 rebounds off the bench for the Bulldogs.
Beverly 73, Marblehead 66: Senior Chris Sinclair had a career-high 27 points, and Josh Cairns (18 points) and Gavin Sparkman (10) also posted career-bests as the Panthers (7-5) pulled it out thanks to John Berchoff’s converted three-point play with under 30 seconds to go. Cian Saunders and Angel Perez each scored 15 for Marblehead, which dipped to 5-7.
St. John’s Prep 66, Malden Catholic 54: Ben Judson scored a game-high 22 points to help the Eagles (10-1) shake off the Lancers in the second half. The Prep turned up the defensive intensity after the break, when they trailed 29-26. Max Butterbrodt scored 12 points for St. John’s and Max Burt added 10.
Phoenix Charter 61, Salem Academy 46: Leading scorer David Dauod contributed 16 points but Salem Charter wasn’t able to manufacture their second win of the year.
Hamilton-Wenham 62, Ipswich 45: Henry Eagar led the way for the Generals (10-2) with 17 points and nine rebounds. Marcus Zegarowski chipped in with nine points and nine rebounds in his first game of the season after being sidelined by injury. Jimmy Campbell added five points and eight rebounds, while Nikos Lara added 10 points.Matt Jaegar dropped in five 3-pointers and finished with 20 points for Ipswich (1-11).
Danvers 61, Peabody 57: Mark McCarthy (five assists) and Devan Harris (nine rebounds) each finished with 19 points for the Falcons (10-1). Kieran Beck finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Devonn Allen had to big steals down the stretch to help get the win for Danvers and qualify for tourney.Brian Onessimo scored a game-high 21 points and added 10 rebounds for the Tanners (3-8), Bobby Sullivan added five points and eight rebounds, while head coach Thad Broughton noted the solid play of Matt Correale (seven points, four assists).
Salem 64, Winthrop 28: The Witches (10-1) ran their win streak to eight games with a 37-point outburst in the second half. Rashad Keys scored 10 for Salem while Shakir White drained four 3-pointers for 12 points. Genrri Rosario scored all six of his points in the fourth quarter.
Revere 66, Swampscott 62: The Big Blue played a much stronger second half, but couldn’t climb out of the hole they dug before intermission. Chad Nelson scored 21 of his 24 points in the second half and added 17 rebounds and five assists. Joey Ragusa scored 17 points, including five 3-pointers for Swampscott (2-10).
Pingree 6, Dana Hall 0: A hat trick from senior Jill Witwicki helped the Highlanders (7-6 overall) win their second straight in Eastern Independent League action. Freshman goaltender CeCe Purcell collected her second shutout of the season.