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The fourth-grade girls extended its winning streak on the road by defeating Athol 34-2. The Lady Crusaders again set the tone with tenacious defense and strong rebounding. Katherine Irby paced the victory on defense with five steals. Nicole Tammaro led the team in scoring with nine points. G4, now with a record of 3-0, faces Littleton next week.


The fourth-grade boys team lost a nail biter to a tough Littleton team in overtime, 32-28. Led by Tim Stark’s eight first-half points, the Crusaders overcame a 10-2 deficit to start the game. The Crusaders cut the lead to 12-9 at the end of the half. Charlie Willis added six points and Sam Smethurst hit two free throws in the second half. The Crusaders had a chance to win the game at the buzzer, but the potential game-winning shot was just off the mark.


The fifth-grade girls won their third straight posting a 25-15 victory over Acton-Boxboro. Hannah Wynn led all scorers with nine points. Jacqueline Forbes added eight points. Sarah Wilcox cleaned up the glass with five second-half rebounds and also added three points. The Lady Crusaders are now 3-0.

In addition, the fifth grade girls beat Wachusett White, 53-4, on Sunday, Dec. 4. The team played a great defensive game led by Katherine Naiburg and Elizabeth Zawada. Offensively, balance was the key as Erin Jussaume, Jacqueline Forbes, Maggie Wickham and Rachel Romich each led the way with eight points. Forbes also added 11 rebounds.


The fifth-grade boys improved their record to 3-0 by battling past Littleton 31-23. The Crusaders received scoring from many players led by Evan Cook with 11 points, followed by Jeremy Keast with six points, Jared Leclerc with five points and Brian Scott with four points.


Groton-Dunstable’s sixth-grade girls extended its winning streak, defeating Gardner’s seventh-grade team 56-7. Erin Keough hit a wide-open jumper off the tap, establishing the momentum for the game. Gillian Lindquist and Chloe McDonald led the balanced scoring attack, netting 10 points each. Leah Garside led the team in rebounds, pulling down nine boards. Madison Tammaro led the team with five steals and Jordan Wynn was the top playmaker, dishing out six assists.


The visiting sixth-grade boys took an early lead over Concord-Carlisle with a strong defensive effort and by scoring opportunities in transition. Groton-Dunstable built up an 11-point lead by half time. Wiley Ordemann was a tremendous contributor in the first half, scoring two key baskets during the run and getting to the foul line. The Crusaders extended its lead in the second half, closing out the game with a 33-13 victory. Rip Carr and Jack Smethurst were strong inside all game, owning the glass for the Crusaders. Neil Swain led a balanced scoring attack with 11 points. The Crusaders are now 2-1 in league play.


Despite a valiant second-half effort, the seventh-grade girls lost to league rival Wachusett. Hanna Van Pelt led the way for the Lady Crusaders with seven points. The Lady Crusaders face Leominster next Sunday.


In seventh-grade boys’ action, Groton-Dunstable was engaged in more of a dogfight than a basketball game. The Crusaders pulled out the win, 39-24. Tenacious defense by both teams led to many turnovers. Gavin Keough paced the offense with nine first half points, and the half ended 17-14 in favor of Groton-Dunstable.

In the second half, the Crusaders took control quickly and extended the lead to 24-17. Nick Poitras, Tyler LeClerc, Logan Higgins and Ethan Cook played exceptional defense. Cook took a hard charge which led to another Groton-Dunstable score. Using some great footwork, Nate Forbes twice had key drives for baskets as the lead grew to 18 points. Zachary Gavel and Mitchell Townsend rebounded well and Michael Tammaro contributed some key minutes.

Using smart clock management and handling the ball well, Groton-Dunstable controlled the ball for long possessions, forcing a frustrated Wachusett to foul. Dean Tornaritis made four of four free throws down the stretch to keep the game out of reach. The Crusaders, now 3-0, host Oakmont next week.


The eighth-grade girls team lost its first game of the season, 44-28, to a strong Acton-Boxboro White team. Marianna Murphy (eight points, three steals, three rebounds) and Nicole Moody (seven points, four steals) led all scorers in a tough loss to a division opponent. In a strong second half start, the Crusaders cut the Acton-Boxboro lead to 10 points with three-point shooting from Jenna Plausse, Moody, and Murphy. Julia Barberich (four points, four steals, two blocks, six rebounds) led the defense with strong rebounding and tough blocks. Groton-Dunstable combined for 17 steals by Barberich (four), Moody (four), Murphy (three), Plausse (three), and Madison Eggimann (three). The Lady Crusaders travel to Leominster next week with a 2-1 record.

B8 White

It a tight game, Acton-Boxboro earned a hard-fought 36-30 win over Groton-Dunstable eighth-grade White team. The game was back and forth all game with no lead larger than three points, until Acton-Boxboro scored on three consecutive possessions in the final three minutes. Jacob Hertog and Jimmy Tranfaglia were Groton-Dunstable standouts hitting inside and outside jumpers. The Crusaders’ defense was led by Tommy Wickham and Owen Torgersen both of whom had key steals in the second half. Aiden Hoey and Jack Battles played key roles on the boards to keep the game close right from the tip off.

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