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Nashoba 49

Groton Dunstable 44

GROTON — Through the first 16 minutes of Groton-Dunstable’s inaugural Mid-Wach B game, things were looking good. Balanced scoring and solid work on the boards allowed the Lady Crusaders to open up a 31-26 lead. The second half was a different story as Nashoba played stifling defense while pounding the boards to work its way to a 49-44 victory.

“We had a great first half and played with a lot of energy,” said Groton-Dunstable coach Mark Hennelly. “In the second half, I thought we let our guard down a bit. I though we rushed our offense too much and gave up too many offensive rebounds. There were some good things tonight, but once again we lacked the consistency you need to put together a 32-minute effort.”

The first seven minutes played out as a duel between Stasia Twomey and Alysse Staake. Both seniors scored in a variety of manners with Twomey picking up six points while Staake had eight for the Lady Chieftains, including a lay-up off a Brittany Schandelmayer feed that tied the game at 10-10.

Behind the solid play of its guards, the Lady Crusaders pieced together a 9-2 run. Leda Tornaritis went for five points, including a pull-up three-pointer while back-up point guard Mandy Woitowicz added an offensive rebound and put-back as Groton-Dunstable grabbed a 19-12 advantage.

Six unanswered points by the Lady Crusaders pushed the back to seven. Allison MacLeod, Megan Gearin and Emily Holmes picked up two points apiece to make it 31-24 before a late Nashoba bucket cut the lead to five going into the intermission.

When the second half began, the Lady Chieftains grabbed their first lead of the evening with eight consecutive points. Staake was the catalyst with six points while Elizabeth Maxwell added a long jumper off a Rich feed to make it a 34-31 game.

Groton-Dunstable’s offense was non-existent over the first four and a half minutes of the second half. Six turnovers and five missed shots were all the Lady Crusaders had to show for their work before a MacLeod free throw at the 11:33 mark. The first field goal of the half came courtesy of a Gearin jumper that made it 36-34.

Nashoba wasted no time in regaining the lead for good with six straight points. Camilleri was the spark with four points on a pair of offensive rebounds and put-backs as the Chieftains moved in front 46-40.

Four quick points, including a long pull-up jumper by Tornaritis cut the lead to two, but the Lady Chieftains got a single free throw from Camilleri and a lay-up from Coulter that put the game away. Despite their late charge, Groton-Dunstable fell to 1-4 on the season and 0-1 in the league.

“There are some things we have to work on, but I think we can regroup and build from this,” said Hennelly. “We got a couple of solid efforts tonight. I thought Leda did a nice job running the offense and Stasia was sturdy as usual. We just have to get back at it next game.”

Twomey led the Lady Crusaders with 10 points, four rebounds and four steals. Tornaritis finished with nine points, four boards and three assists while Gearin chipped in six points and four rebounds.

Staake paced Nashoba with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Camilleri was solid in the middle with 15 points, 15 boards and three steals while Rich added eight points, five assists and three steals.

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