Strong First Half For Mashpee Girls' Basketball In Loss To CHS

Forward Sarah Whipper throws up a lay-up against Cape Tech on Wednesday night.RICH MACLONE/ENTERPRISE - Forward Sarah Whipper throws up a lay-up against Cape Tech on Wednesday night.

The South Shore League is one of the best girls’ basketball leagues in the state, from top to bottom. Mashpee High School has had a long road to travel to get to a level where they can hang with the rest of the league, but it seems like coach Bob Catalini’s squad is starting to make some progress.

On Monday night, at home, against Cohasset High School, the Lady Falcons put a legitimate scare into the Skippers for a good part of the game. CHS ultimately won a low-scoring affair, 34-21, but the Lady Falcons made life difficult for the visitors throughout the contest.

Defensively, Mashpee has been playing at a good level for most of the season. The Lady Falcons rebound well for their size, and do a nice job of keeping other teams from getting easy looks at the basket. They did that again against Cohasset, allowing just 15 points in the first half, and 16 in the second.

The problem that the Lady Falcons have faced throughout the season is putting the ball inside the basket. Scoring has not come easily, and it has cost them dearly. Against Cohasset, the Falcons hung for the first 16 minutes, playing to a tie game at 15-15 at the intermission.

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In the second half the offense just wasn’t there for the MHS girls. Mashpee was held to just six points as they lost by 13, despite doing a great job on the other end.
“It was one of our weakest performances against pressure (defense),” Catalini said. “We just didn’t do a good job of dealing with it, we turned the ball over too much and didn’t get good shots, especially in the second half.”

Mashpee was without its top scorer for that game. Summer Fierro injured her knee last week in a home game against Cape Cod Tech. Thankfully her injury was not as bad as it looked and the guard will be back in action for tonight’s game. Morgen Morris, who also helps balance the offense with her ballhandling and distribution was only able to play half the game. She’s been dealing with a wrist injury.

“It’s been hard. The last couple of games we’ve basically been down to seven healthy bodies,” the coach said.

Last Friday, against Rockland, the Mashpee girls suffered a more lopsided loss at home to the Lady Bulldogs, 63-33. RHS was able to get out and run against MHS, and the shorthanded Falcons were unable to keep up.

While the loss certainly wasn’t something positive, the performance of junior forward Sam Raftery made coach Catalini smile. With Mashpee looking for more offense, Raftery has started to shine. Following a then career-high game against Cape Tech, in which she had scored 13 points, Raftery lit it up for 17 points against Rockland, managing more than half of her team’s output for the game.

Catalini said that three different players have had big nights at different times this year, showing that the potential for greater scoring is certainly there. Raftery’s 17 is her top showing this year, while Fierro had a 30-point game early in the season and Reagan Siliva has had a 23-point night.

“We just need to put it all together,” the coach said.

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