G4 holds Gardner to two buckets

The fourth-grade girls lodged another impressive defensive effort, holding Gardener to only four points. Offensively, they relied on a balanced attack, with five of 10 players scoring. Kyleigh McDonald led the team in scoring with six points, while Allie Vogel and Amanda Lacombe led in rebounding with four boards each. The final score was 20-4 in favor of G-D, improving the team's record to 7-2.

Fourth-grade boys win two

The fourth-grade boys played two games this past weekend and won both, improving to 8-2 for the season.

The first was a 22-11 win against TAP. Kyle Plausse led scoring with 10 points. G-D dominated the boards. Leading the way were Brandon Wircinski (six), Riley Curran (six) and Jack Blount (four). Jack Barry added four points and four rebounds.

The second game was a nail-biter, but B4 eked out the win at home, 26-24, against a scrappy Wachusett team. Wachusett had five fouls to waste in the last few minutes, which tested the G-D inbounding team. Brandon Wiercinski led all scorers with 10 points and four rebounds. Riley Curran added five rebounds and Jack Blount, four. The B4s travel to Athol next week for the final regular season game.

G5s play with heart, fall to sixth-grade Leominster

The fifth-grade girls faced a very tough Leominster team this past week. The G5s came in tied for third in the league, while Leominster was tied for first. Leominster jumped out to a fast lead, 14-3, mid way through the first half. As they have all season, the G5s battled back and cut the deficit to eight at half time.

As the second half played out, the G5s continued to hustle, but were never able to get within six points, ultimately falling 29-21. The girls should be congratulated on their effort. They repeatedly clawed back from double-digit deficits against a very talented Leominster squad. The girls were very balanced in their attack, but particular congratulations go to Maggie Jiser, who scored a season-high six points. Her baskets and tenacious defense kept the team in the game.

B5 attempts comeback, loses to Fitchburg

After starting the season 8-0, the fifth-grade boys suffered their second loss, losing 34-28 to a tough Fitchburg squad. Fitchburg took a 13-point lead at the half. The Crusaders clawed their way back into the game, but were never able to fully make up the big halftime deficit.

Tyler Peck led a balance scoring attack with five points, while Deaglan Garside and Charlie Willis did a great job on the boards, both pulling down seven rebounds against a much bigger front line. The boys wrap up the regular season next week at home against a strong Waltham team

Littleton falls to stellar sixth-grade Lady Crusaders' defense

The sixth-grade girls got back to their winning ways, defeating Littleton in its own gym. G-D came out with full-court, man-to-man pressure led by a tenacious Julianna Higgins and the tormenting pressure of Elizabeth Zawada.

With great defense, G-D held its opponent to seven at the half. G-D had16. At the start of the second half, things didn't get easier for Littleton when Sarah Wilcox started scoring on the break, ending up with six on the day. Hannah Wynn played a strong game, chipping in six. Sharpshooter Lydia Pray nailed shots from all over Littleton's zone defense. She ended up with game high of eight. Maggie Wickham, two points, grabbed some key rebounds and was relentless all game. G-D went home victorious, 34-12.

B6 handily defeats Nashoba

The sixth-grade grade boys defeated Nashoba 46-23. G-Ds scoring was led by Evan Cook with 11 points followed by Finn Lynch with 10 points and Jeremy Keast with six points. G-D played strong and crashed the boards down the stretch, outscoring Nashoba 26-6 in the second half.

(Jan. 27) Close one for G7 goes to A-B

The seventh-grade girls lost a defensive battle to a tough Acton-Boxboro eighth-grade squad. The G7s played tenacious defense the entire game, limiting A-B's scoring opportunities.

Unfortunately for the Crusaders, they were unable to convert on some good looks in the closing minutes. A-B then hit some clutch free-throws to seal the 19-16 victory. It was a full team effort, with balanced scoring and all 10 players making major contributions on the defensive end. 

Close battle with C-C ends in B7 loss

After battling back from an 11-point deficit in the second half against Concord-Carlisle, the seventh-grade boys took their first lead of the game, 41-40, with just 40 seconds left in the game. Joey Femia (13 points) hit two clutch free-throws to push G-D in front.

C-C responded immediately with a three-point basket, which determined the final outcome as G-D fell 43-41. G-D had a chance with the ball with 10 seconds to go but came up just short on a three-point attempt.

In addition to Femia, Rip Carr contributed nine points and Drew Stone added seven. Wiley Ordemann hit a huge three as part of the late surge and was strong on the boards all game. Garrett Solomon and Patrick Ryan also played key roles as part of G-D's comeback.

G8 wins close contest against Lunenburg

The eighth-grade girls notched another victory with a win over Lunenburg 31-29. Nichole Little played outstanding pressure defense and scored seven points, with six of them coming off of fast-break layups.

Leah Pezanowski and Sophie Irby each scored six critical points during the heavily contested battle. Hanna Van Pelt lead the team with eight points, including the game-winning layup with 13 seconds left to play.