The fourth-grade girls defeated Leominster by a score of 19-10. This was a very good match up of defensively minded teams, as few baskets came easy. The girls showed poise in the second half as the game got closer. Both point guards fouled out and Emma Wilson stepped up and led the team with some fantastic ball handling, passing and a clutch free throw. The Lady Crusaders is now 9-0 and will playing a very tough opponent in Lunenburg next Sunday in their final regular season league game.


The fourth-grade boys moved to 6-3 on the season by overcoming a three-point halftime deficit slip past a strong Leominster team 37-28. Leominster came into the game with a 7-1 record. Tim Stark had a very productive game with 13 points, 14 rebounds and three assists. Sammy Eggiman chipped in 10 points, including six second-half free throws that helped to seal the Crusaders’ victory.


The fifth-grade boys continued their unbeaten season by defeating Acton-Boxborough Gold by the score of 48-34. Evan Cook led the offense with 20 points followed by Jeremy Keast with 15 points. G-D played well defensively and rebounded well as a team.


The sixth-grade girls lost their first league game in three years to defending seventh-grade champions TAP by a score of 26-21. The Lady Crusaders held a 12-9 lead at intermission, but turnovers and cold shooting plagued G-D in the second half and allowed TAP to pull off the upset. Gillian Lindquist had nine rebounds and five points. Jordan Wynn also added five points and three steals. Leah Garside pulled down five rebounds and led the team in steals with six. Abby Hoey and Chloe McDonald were also active on the glass, pulling down six boards a piece.


The sixth-grade boys played courageously in a tough battle with Nashoba. Nashoba is the leading team in the division and showed why early on by taking a 14-2 lead with an aggressive front court press. G-D clawed back in the game by making the most of their chances at the free-throw line. Joey Femia scored eight points in the first half. He also made momentum-creating steals and was a force on the boards. At the half, Nashoba held a 30-20 lead. Early in the second half G-D gave Nashoba a scare closing the gap to 32-28 on a pair of three-pointers by Wiley Ordemann. Nashoba went on to win 56-31, taking advantage of a depleted G-D squad that ran out of gas in the second half. Drew Stone did a great job of running the offense against a tough trapping defense. Rip Carr played solid defense and led the team in rebounding.


Behind a great defensive effort led by Nichole Little, the seventh-grade girls beat Nashoba 22-16. Nikki Eggimann made a buzzer beater to end the first half. Sophie Irby and Emily Gulick made key buckets down the stretch to put the game out of reach.


The seventh-grade boys jumped to 22-0 lead and didn’t look back, en route to a 55-32 win over Littleton. Playing well for G-D were Mitchell Townsend, Nate Forbes, Ethan Cook, Logan Higgins, Gavin Keough, Zach Gavel, Nick Poitras, Michael Tammaro, Dean Tornaritis and Ethan Cook. The team improved to 7-2 on the season and finish the season next week against Waltham.


The eighth-grade girls clinched a playoff spot in a decisive win over Leominster, 36-32. In a game where all players scored, Maddy Eggimann scored the first three baskets and the Lady Crusaders never lost the lead. Nicole Moody (three steals, three rebounds, two assists) and Mariana Murphy (11 rebounds, two steals) led all scorers with eight points each. In the second half, when Leominster gained momentum and closed the lead to within three points, Julia Barberich (five points) and Meghan Hanagan (one point) combined for 16 rebounds and seven steals to provide the spark to motivate their team. Kara Jussaume and Rebecca Herlihy each added four points, two rebounds, and one steal in a solid team win in which Val Lutkevich was lost early in the first half with a knee injury. G8 plays a strong Acton-Boxboro team at home on Sunday.


The eighth-grade boys (White) fell to Maynard in CMYBL action. Maynard jumped out to a quick seven-point lead, which was closed to one point at halftime due to great interior rebounding by Aiden Hoey and Tommy Wickham. The Crusaders’ pressure defense helped to create turnovers, with Kyle Lacombe, Jack Battles and Harry Miloy forcing Maynard to put the ball on the floor. Two consecutive three pointers by Chris Werner helped to keep pace, but Maynard pulled away in the second half with some quick transition baskets. G-D never stopped working hard, getting great energy from Miloy, Owen Torgensen, Jimmy Tranfaglia and Jacob Hertog. Carl Zimmon had several assists while Werner had a team-high 10 points.