Sandwich Girls Basketball Tops Martha's Vineyard
By: Dan Crowley, December 26, 2013
The Last time Sandwich faced Martha’s Vineyard in girls’ basketball it was the Vineyarders who posted a 40-30 win. The victory may have given Martha’s Vineyard a little confidence coming into Monday’s game at Sandwich High School. On the other hand, the earlier loss lit a fire under the Lady Knights and they turned up the heat with a 39-35 victory to even the series.
It wasn’t until late in the opening quarter that Sandwich took the lead on a 3-pointer from the left side by Meghan Reardon. Entering the second quarter with a 10-8 lead, Heather Goddard drove to the net and Hailey Whelan followed with a deep jumper. Carly Whittle then picked the ball off the offensive rim and went right back up and in for a 16-8 lead. Caroline McKenna then took a pass from Lea Adams down low and went up for two points and Sandwich had an 18-8 lead.
Defensively the Knights were cooking as they held Martha’s Vineyard scoreless for the final 3:38 of the first quarter and for the first 2:51 of the second half. From the end of the first until when they scored in the second quarter, Sandwich had kept the Vineyarders off the scoreboard for 6:29, outscoring them 10-0.
McKenna set up Kasey Noonan for two points as the Knights increased their lead to 10 points.
The Vineyards cut the lead in half from the free throw line, hitting five times to make the score 20-15. The five free throws were nearly all the production the visitors would get from the charity stripe, as they finished the afternoon 6-for-21 from the line.
With 1:53 left in the half, Reardon nailed a three-pointer from the left side baseline. On the next possession for the Knights, Adams took the ball the length of the floor for a layup, as Sandwich took a 25-18 lead at the break.
Whittle hit a jumper and Adams again went the length of the court to the hoop for two points to open the third quarter. Shannon Mosher tipped in a rebound to two points as Sandwich pulled out to its largest lead of the afternoon at 31-20 midway through the third.
But the Vineyard, which had been attacking the defensive boards, stepped up the pressure and pulled down a few more off the glass, turning rebounds into points to cut the Sandwich lead to 33-28 by the end of the quarter.
Before the Vineyard could get anything going in the fourth, McKenna grabbed the ball and raced down the court, pulling up at the top of the key from where she buried a three-pointer. With 3:07 left to play Martha’s Vineyard cut the score to 36-33. The score remained the same for the next two minutes, until Adams dished the ball outside to Noonan, who sank a jumper from the left side, giving the Knights a 38-33 advantage.
The Sandwich defense, which had played well the entire game, stepped it up in the final minute to hold off a Vineyard rally.
“We played a box and one defense,” coach Greg Carbone said. “We didn’t do that the first time we played them. That time we hadn’t had time to scout them. This time we knew. I thought we rebounded well and our offense moved the ball much better and we started to move better without the ball. Players win games and they played awesome.”
Whittle led the scoring for SHS with 10 points. Reardon had seven and Adams finished with six.
The Sandwich girls return to the court Saturday at 5 PM to take on Barnstable in the first round of the Stripes Tournament.