The Lady Knights gave first year varsity coach Greg Carbone an early Christmas present Wednesday night when they beat Barnstable 50-30. The victory was the team’s first of the season and coach Carbone’s first as a varsity coach.
Sandwich got off to a slow start and allowed the Red Raiders to build a 12-6 lead by the end of the first quarter. But in the second quarter the Lady Knights went on a 15-4 scoring run, cruising into the half with a 21-16 advantage.
“We were sleep walking in the first half,” Coach Carbone said. “Their press bothered us. Give Barnstable credit, they came out with a lot of energy.”
It was a new ballgame in the third quarter for the Knights as they opened with a Caroline McKenna lay-up off a pass from Kasey Noonan. Megan Reardon added a free throw and Carly Whittle had a putback as Sandwich pulled out to a 10-point lead.
Defensively the Lady Knights were not giving Barnstable any good looks and between Shannon Mosher, Whittle and McKenna, SHS was controlling the boards. It wasn’t until midway through the third quarter that the Red Raiders picked up their first points of the second half.
A Noonan jump shot and lay-up off a fast break kept things rolling for the Knights.
McKenna stepped to the line and hit a couple of free throws and Kay Stanton hit a jumper as the Knights took a 34-20 lead with a minute left in the quarter.
With 25 seconds on the clock, Heather Goddard buried a 3-pointer from the left-side base line. The Sandwich defense quickly turned the ball around and went for the hoop, with Mosher slamming the ball home at the buzzer to give the Knights a 39-20 lead.
Goddard opened the final eight-minute quarter with another 3-pointer, a carbon copy of the one she had hit with 25 seconds left in the third, giving the Lady Knights a 22-point lead.
The SHS defense then slowed, allowing Barnstable to pull down some rebounds and get some extra chances. After allowing BHS back-to-back baskets, Whittle changed the momentum with a pull-up jumper off a fast-break pass from McKenna. Lea Adams and Mosher then scored, with Adams making a pretty lay-up off a pass from Mosher to give Sandwich their largest lead of the night at 48-24.
Barnstable picked up a couple of baskets down the stretch, but did nothing to threaten the Sandwich lead. Stanton topped off the night for the Knights with a jump shot in the final seconds.
“Defensively we were pretty good,” Carbone said. “We struggled at times rebounding. I thought Shannon Mosher played a very good game. She was a presence on the floor.”
Mosher finished the night with five points and 10 rebounds. Whittle led the scoring for the Knights with nine points, including a 3-pointer. Adams finished the night with eight points and a trey. Barnstable’s Margot Rice led all scorers with 10 points.
Monday Sandwich suffered a 76-52 setback to Brockton.
The Knights traded points with the Boxers through the opening half and took a lead in the second half, but could not hold on against the tough Brockton squad.
Adams led Sandwich with 14 points, followed by Reardon, who added 13.
The Knights return to the court after the holiday in the first round of the Stripes Tournament. Sandwich will take on Barnstable Saturday, December 28, in Sandwich at 6:30 PM.