Doucette & Tonello Lead Upper Cape Over LC In All Star Game
By: Rich Maclone, March 21, 2014
Players that are fortunate enough to be picked for multiple Cape Cod All-Star Basketball games look forward to it each and every year. Chelsea Doucette, of Bourne, is certainly going to miss participating in them.
“It’s kind of depressing, I’m a senior and I’ve been playing with the other four (Bourne all-stars) for eight years, so at the same time it’s kind of fun. Bittersweet, I guess,” Doucette said. She was named one of the two Most Valuable Players on the Upper Cape team after helping lead her team to an exciting 85-80 victory over the Lower Cape on Sunday afternoon at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center. The win by the Upper Cape ended a run of four straight Lower Cape wins in the annual game.
Doucette was a defensive dynamo for the Upper Cape team as she helped her team dominate the glass. The team’s other MVP, Falmouth High’s Taylor Miller, did not play on the court at the same time as Doucette often in the game, but she also was pivotal in the team’s ability to score almost at will in the low post and clear the glass. Miller also did a great job of throwing outlet passes up the court to the quick guards on the team, leading to a number of easy Upper Cape baskets.
Miller led the Upper Cape scoring attack, hitting for 20 points, with eight of them coming at crunch time. The sophomore, who earned a defensive MVP Award last year when she was a freshman playing in her first all-star game, came up big when her team needed it the most.
“I thought that we worked well together and we pushed hard to get the win,” Miller said.
Doucette said that even though most of the players on the team were from different high schools, she said that there was still a nice familiarity among a lot of them from having played AAU games together and other all-star games in the past. “I’ve played with a bunch of them. It’s fun,” Doucette said.
Bourne senior shooting guard Stacie Tonello received the Upper Cape’s Defensive Player of the Game Award.
Kat DeBettencourt of Martha’s Vineyard was the high scorer in the game. The big forward finished the game with 22 points, 14 of which came in a five-minute span of the second quarter when she took the game over for a stretch.
A DeBettencourt turnaround jumper with 4:45 left in the game started a rat-a-tat-tat finish that saw the teams trade hoops for the rest of the night. The Lower Cape rallied to within a single point late, but never got over the top.
After the DeBettencourt shot, the Upper Cape pushed the lead to five, 77-72, on a bomb by Mashpee High senior guard Summer Fierro. A Doucette drive to the hole with 3:54 to go gave the UC a seven-point lead.
The Lower Cape answered with three free throws and then a fast break bucket from Haylee Whiteley (four points) of Pope John Paul II. Jenni DiCecco scored in transition with 2:05 left, which was the result of a nice assist from Stacie Tonello (two points) of Bourne, to push it back to four points.
A pair of free throws from Geia Alvaro (Monomoy) with 2:00 left trimmed it back to a two-point lead, and then DeBettencourt went to the stripe with 1:13 left on the clock with a chance to tie it up for her club. She hit the first one, but the chance to tie it rimmed out and was grabbed by Brie Girourd (two points) of Bourne.
The Upper Cape then went to their bread and butter on their last few possessions. Despite getting smacked in the face while spinning to the basket, Miller dropped in a lay-up with 37 seconds left to make it a three-point game. Then, after a missed 3-pointer by the Lower Cape, Miller converted a left-handed lay-up with 26 seconds to go that made it a five-point game.
With time running out, the LC attempted to play hurry-up, which resulted in a turnover. DiCecco stole the ball away from the squad and her team dribbled out the remaining time on the clock to seal the victory.
Fierro did not earn one of the Upper Cape team’s MVP awards, but she was certainly in consideration. The perimeter specialist drained three 3-pointers in the game for the Upper Cape and scored 13 points for the day. Falmouth High frosh Jenni DiCecco had a pair of 3-pointers and finished the game with 12 points. Shelby Corsano of Bourne had a nice game. She added 8 points for the winners. Junior Krystle DiBona of Upper Cape Tech scored 10 points in the game as well.
The game began pretty evenly, with the Upper Cape pulling ahead late in the first quarter. A fast-break bucket by DiBona late in the quarter pushed the lead to nine points, the team’s biggest lead in the game, but then the LC scored the last bucket of the stanza to make it 22-15 after one.
DeBettencourt took over the second quarter, and the Upper Cape couldn’t buy a shot from the floor. After a Fierro lay-up in the first minute of the second, the UC did not score a field goal for the next five minutes and during that time DeBettencourt went off, leading her team all the way back to grab the lead with a 14-4 run. Thanks to some nice shooting from the free throw line by Doucette down the stretch, the Upper Cape led 33-32 at the half. There were four lead changes and six ties in the second half, but the Upper Cape took the lead for good midway through the fourth. Down by a point, after a lay-up by the LC’s Meghan Fitzgerald of Sturgis East, Miller scored back-to-back lay-ups, the second of which came on a great lob feed from Tonello. A fast break basket by DiBona pushed the lead to five and the Upper Cape never trailed going forward, although it did get tight.