G6 -- Sixth-Grade Girls win four in three days
The sixth-grade girls had a very busy Thanksgiving weekend. The Lady Crusaders participated in the Natick Thanksgiving Shootout in their second league game.
During the Natick tournament, the girls defeated Natick (35-10), Sudbury (38-17) and Wellesley (46-25). The girls relied on their stellar defense and strong transition offense to pull away from some very tough competition.
Rachel Erickson, Carolyn Mullins, Bronwyn Mulligan and Emma Wilson all turned in outstanding offensive performances during the three games. Cate Bolton, Nicole Tammaro and Abby Eisenklam were all key performers on the defensive end as well, pulling down key rebounds and shutting down the opposition.
On Sunday, the Lady Crusaders who were playing up in the seventh-grade division, defeated Townsend-Ashby-Pepperell (TAP) in their second league game, 41-24.
The girls used their full-court press to create several fast break lay-ups. Lauren Hill wrapped up a stellar weekend of play with eight-points and outstanding play defensively.
Jillian Van Pelt scored eight points and made key stops defensively. Olivia Ray delivered key baskets and defensive stops throughout the weekend. The Lady Crusaders move to 5-0 on the season. Next up for the Lady Crusaders is Wachusett
Seventh-grade, Div. 2, boys steal one from Narragansett
It was a dramatic win for the road-tested seventh-grade, Div. 2 boys team who defeated Narragansett, 37-35, Sunday. Cole Pisani tied the game at 35 with a strong drive to the hoop. The Crusaders came back from six points down in the final minutes to score the winning basket with 11 seconds left.
Eighth-grade boys take three at Natick Tourney
Playing in the second level of three tiers in a competitive eighth-grade bracket, the G-D boys went undefeated at the Natick Thanksgiving Shootout.
In two games, the Crusaders stormed back from large second-half deficits to win by a two-point margin.
In the first game against host Natick, Groton-Dunstable went down by 12 points with just eight minutes left in the game.
The Crusaders intense defensive pressure was the catalyst in the comeback. In the end, Wiley Ordemann just beat the buzzer with a bank shot put back off a long rebound, resulting in a 47-45 victory. Joey Femia had 10 of his 15 points in the comeback flurry.
Patrick Ryan and Drew Stone also hit clutch shots to help spur the comeback. In their second game against Newton, the Crusaders went down by nine points in the second half and once again battled back.
Ordemann once again hit the game winner off a set play with just 25 seconds left in the game. This time, it was Ordemann with a three-point dagger that the Crusaders ahead to stay, 35-33. Neil Swain led the Crusaders with 10 points.
Garrett Solomon hit two huge baskets down the stretch as part of the comeback. In the final game, Groton-Dunstable led the entire way as it cruised to a 50-35 victory over Southborough.
Rip Carr led the Crusaders with 13 points and 15 rebounds. Chris Watt, Jack Smethurst and Graham Chilcoat also played key roles in the game, scoring, rebounding, and creating turnovers leading to easy baskets. The Crusaders return to league play Sunday at home against Hudson.