G4 - Lady Crusaders lose a tight one
The fourth-grade girls gave a great effort against Narragansett, losing 16-12, on Sunday. The Lady Crusaders were hit by the injury and flu bug and had to battle with just six players on the roster. Clare Joyce (eight points) led all scorers and had several key rebounds, while Rebecca Brennan (two points) dominated the boards, pulling down nine rebounds. Cassidy Lacombe (one point) and Susanna Majkut (one point) rounded out the scoring for the Crusaders. The game was tied with just over three minutes to play. Thanks to the defensive efforts of Bella Hutchins and Aneri Parikh, Groton managed to keep it close until the very end, but were unable to pull ahead.
B5 -- Fifth-grade Crusaders fall to Wachusett
The fifth-grade boys lost to Wachusett 29-23, falling to 3-2 for the season. Matt Lamarre and Riley Curran did an excellent job keeping the Wachusett Twin Towers in check. The team did a good job pressing in the last three minutes, making it a one-possession game, but could not overcome a 3/19 shooting performance in the second half. B5 will play at UMass Lowell in the Fundamental Hoops Tourney against Westford and Billerica during the holiday break.
G5 -- Lady Crusaders turn in best performance of season in win over Leominster
The fifth-grade fifth girls played their best game of the year against undefeated Leominster. It was a true team effort, with every member of the G-D team contributing quality minutes on offense and defense. Leominster opened up with a six-point lead to start the game, a lead they never relinquished throughout the game. The Crusaders showed true grit and never gave up in a game that felt a lot closer than the final score. Brenna O'Malley (leading rebounder) and Allie Vogel did a superb job defending against post player nearly twice their size. Kyleigh McDonald (six points) and Allie Vogel (five points including a three-pointer to ignite the second half offense) led the team in scoring, while Sierra Wynn chipped in two points of her own. Leominster won the game 28-13.
B7 -- Maynard upsets Crusaders
Two of Maynard's players combined for 52 of the teams 64 points as they upset the seventh-grade boys 64-48. Connor Keegan had a great defensive game, both on the ball and in help position. Jared LeClerc's court vision was excellent, as he lead the team with five assists in addition to adding five points. Jeremy Keast contributed seven points, Jacob Gavel pitched in five, and Josh Fiorentino and Will Manzi netted four. Evan Cook paced the team, leading the team on the glass with five boards and finishing the contest with 21 points.
B7, Div. II -- Groton- Dunstable's magical season continues
The seventh-grade boys Div II improved their record to 4-1, winning at Leominster for the second time this season. Matt Cota and Max Phanord were the game high scorers with 12 and 11 points. The final score was 42-34.
G8 -- Groton-Dunstable's defense steals the show in win over Acton-Boxborough
The eighth-grade girls defeated Acton Boxborough 34-24, holding A-B to only eight points in the second half. Sarah Mullins had a great game, leading the team with nine points in addition to five steals and four rebounds.
Leah Garside was powerful inside, pulling down 11 rebounds and netting eight points. Jordan Wynn finished with six points, four rebounds and lead the team with seven steals. Chloe McDonald added five points and Erin Scanlon had four points and three steals. Madison Tammaro and Ellie Eisenklam ran the point, Tammaro dishing out three assists and picking up four steals and Eisenklam finishing with six assists and six steals. Erin Keough had a great drive to the basket in the first half to spark an offensive run for the Crusaders and Abby Hoey was active on the glass, finishing with three rebounds.