G5 -- Cold first half dooms fifth-grade Lady Crusaders
With the snowy weather came a very cold start for the fifth-grade girls. They struggled both offensively and defensively against a balanced Lunenburg attack. Several uncharacteristic defensive lapses led to easy points for Lunenburg to build a commanding first-half lead.
After two free throws by Emily Hutchins, Groton-Dunstable's scoring drought ended.
G-D scored nearly all of its 14 points down the stretch. In the end it was too late, as Lunenburg cruised decisively, 33-14. Brenna O'Malley collected an impressive six rebounds, and Olivia Shusta was also strong on the boards with three of her own. Kyleigh McDonald led the team in scoring with five points.
B5 -- Fifth-grade boys dominate Littleton
The fifth-grade boys improved to 3-1 with a dominant 38-17 win over Littleton. An improved defensive effort and strong rebounding led to many transition buckets. Brandon Wiercinski led the way with 14 points, five rebounds and three assists. Hunter Poulin added six points and four rebounds. Travel newcomer, Matt Lamarre, played his best game yet adding four points, eight rebounds, three steals and a blocked shot.
The team travels to Fitchburg next week.
G6 -- Quabbin can't keep up with fleet-footed Lady Crusaders
The sixth-grade girls took on Quabbin's seventh-grade team in a battle of contrasting styles. In the end, Groton-Dunstable's speed and up-tempo pace won out against Quabbin's physical half-court sets.
The Lady Crusaders built an early 10-point lead by utilizing a full-court press and pressure defense.
At half-time, Groton-Dunstable had extended its lead to 19-6.
In the second half, Groton-Dunstable continued to convert its on-ball pressure into transition baskets. In the end, the Lady Crusaders finished off Quabbin 42-14.
Cate Bolton played a very strong all-around game. Bolton scored five points, including a beautiful step back three-pointer, and six strong rebounds to go along with two impressive blocks.
Nicole Tammaro had a strong overall game as well with 12 points, including a nice three-pointer and four steals. Carolyn Mullins and Lauren Hill applied great on-ball pressure defense creating several turnovers and transition opportunities. Olivia Ray continues to impress in her first travel season, as she scored on a nice jumpshot basket.
The Lady Crusaders improve to 4-0 in league play and will be off until early January, when it faces undefeated Oakmont.
B6 -- Close game ends in loss to Fitchburg
The sixth-grade boys lost a close, physical game against a strong Fitchburg team, 45-39, Sunday. With the loss, the Crusaders drop to 2-2 on the season. Charlie Willis led the Crusaders with 11 points, while Tim Stark (seven points) and Joe O'Malley (six points) also contributed to the offense.
G7-- Lady Crusaders earn true team win over Acton-Boxborough
The seventh-grade girls, playing in the eighth-grade division, had a home game against a tough Acton-Boxborough team. Rachel Romich was the high scorer for G-D with 11 points. Defensively, Julianna Higgins and Elizabeth Zawada tormented Acton-Boxborough.
All 11 players contributed to the win. The Lady Crusaders move to 4-0 after beating Acton-Boxborough, 33-25.
B7, Div. II -- Seventh-grade boys fall by six to Wachusett
The seventh-grade Div. 2 boys, lost 38-32 to Wachusett in an evenly matched, competitive game. Sam Boudreau was a standout for the Crusaders, leading the team in points with 13.
G8 -- Eighth-grade girls fall to Wachusett
The eighth-grade girls lost their first game in five years to a Central Mass Youth Basketball League team in their age division.
Groton-Dunstable earned a slim 21-20 half-time lead. However, the Lady Crusaders allowed 10 points in second chance shots in the final period, leading to a 44-37 Wachusett victory.
Jordan Wynn posted a double-double with 11 boards and 14 points, in addition to four assists. Sarah Mullins had a great game on both ends of the floor, finishing with five points, four assists and three rebounds.
Leah Garside made strong drives to the basket and finished with eight points and four rebounds. Erin Scanlon and Ellie Eisenklam rebounded well from the guard positions, finishing with five boards each.
B8 -- Eighth-grade boys start fast, finish strong
The eighth-grade boys started with a 13-2 spurt and held a comfortable lead throughout the contest against Acton-Boxborough. Along with G-D's pressure defense, Garrett Solomon sparked the initial flurry with 13 of his 15 points in the first half including three three-point field goals.
Groton-Dunstable held a 29-9 lead at the half, and continued to play excellent defense throughout the game, holding Acton-Boxborough to just 15 points to win by a final score of 56-15.
G-D had excellent balance with all of its players contributing in the win. Patrick Ryan was outstanding on both ends of the court, contributing eight points. Drew Stone had some nifty drives to the hoop, also posting eight points.
Chris Watt played aggressive offensively, making some very good passes and finished two solid drives to the basket. Jack Smethurst was a leading rebounder and also added four points.
The Crusaders are off next week, when the team travels to Wachusett.