Fourth-grade boys dominate in Athol
The fourth-grade boys traveled to Athol and won decisively, 56-10, improving to 9-2 in their regular season finale. The team played ruthless defense and moved the ball well in transition. Leading all scorers was Kyle Plausse with 13 points. Alex Bushnell and Brandon Wiercinski had 12 points each, Ryan Bernard had eight, Jack Barry had six and Jon Eisenklam put in four. Riley Curran and Jack Blount controlled the boards with a combined 14 rebounds. Hunter Poulin played outstanding defense, hustling coast to coast. The team enters the CMYBL playoffs in two weeks after participating in the Fundamental Hoops February Tournament.
Fifth-grade girls attempt comeback
The fifth-grade girls faced off against Lunenburg this past weekend for the second time this season. The sixth-grade Lunenburg team came in tied for first and the Lady Crusaders tied for third in league play. Much like their first battle, Lunenburg jumped out to an early lead as they used their speed and athleticism to create several transition baskets. G-D battled hard, but found themselves down 23-10 at the half.
The second half proved to be more productive for G-D, as they stepped up their defensive intensity and eventually found a shooting rhythm. The girls closed to within six points, but eventually fell 34-25. Offensively, the G5s were paced by Rachel Erickson, who tallied eight points to lead the team. Emma Wilson and Nicole Tammaro helped with four points each. The girls have now finished their regular season and will begin preparations for the playoffs, which begin in three weeks.
Sixth-grade boys pick up pace in the second half
After a lackluster first half in which the sixth-grade boys scored just 12 points and fell behind by 16, they outscored Lunenburg in the second, putting up 25 in the half. Lunenburg completed an undefeated regular season with the 48-37 victory over G-D. Drew Stone led a balanced scoring attack with nine points. Joey Femia contributed eight points and Garrett Solomon had seven in the game. Jack Smethurst also had a strong game defensively for the Crusaders while also contributing on the offensive end.