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Fourth-grade boys notch first win

The fourth-grade boys had their first victory of the season, a 32-12 victory over Mahar. G4 jumped out to a 18-5 halftime lead and cruised to the first victory. Eight of the 10 players scored in the win. Taylor Wiercinski and Malcolm Fry led the Crusaders with six points each. Four other players had four points each. Ryan Bushnell played tough defense with a handful of rebounds and steals. Evan Laudenslager had a great game on both ends of the floor.

Fifth grade boys come up short

The fifth-grade boys lost, but for the first week, the plays they’ve been practicing really came together. B5 went down 18-2 in the first quarter, but then, in the last three quarters, the deficit was decreased to 23-21. Alas, it was not enough in the end with a final score of 41-23.

Five players scored. Leading the way was Chris Smith with 12 points. Josh Dai scored five, including a free throw. Jack Gerrish and Tucker Granville and Curtis Lacombe each scored 2 points. Jack Gerrish gave the B5s a great rebounding effort.

Fifth-grade girls start strong, but come up short

The fifth-grade girls started out strong in the first half but struggled to get their shots to fall as they fell to Wachusett, 13-25. In the first half, G-D got four points from Cassidy Lacombe, two points from Taylor Caldwell and a foul shot from Clare Joyce – ending the half down 7-11.

The Crusaders battled in the second half, but were unable to convert on many of their offensive opportunities. Joyce was able to sink an additional six points in the second half, but it just wasn’t enough to keep up with the scoring of the Wachusett squad.

Sixth-grade Lady Crusades top Ayer Shirley, 34-21

The sixth-grade girls played well in their home opener this weekend. They masterfully handled Ayer Shirley, 34-21, despite a number of missed shots. G6 used steals and rebounding to set the tone and open up an early lead. In a very balanced effort, every member of the Crusaders had at least one steal, with the team as a whole notching 23 turnovers. Ali Vogel and Olivia Shusta led the team with four each, with Aine Murphy and Kyleigh McDonald grabbed three apiece. The scoring was well balanced, with Emily Hutchins (eight points) and Amanda LaCombe (seven points) leading the pack.

Barry the hero for sixth-grade boys

The sixth-grade grade boys team won a real nail biter today vs Nashoba. Leading the Crusaders in scoring were Jack Barry, Brandon Wiercinski and Matt Fordham. Leading the team in assists were Kyle Plausse, Alex Bushnell and Riley Curran. Matty Lamarre had a strong day off the glass for the Crusaders. A tie game at half turned into a back and forth affair in the second half. A key rebound and put back by Jack Barry sealed the deal for the Crusaders late in the contest, final score 29-27. B6’s record is now 2-1 heading into a big showdown with rival Fitchburg next weekend.

G7s hold off Sudbury

The seventh-grade girls faced off against Sudbury in their first crossover game with the MetroWest league. While the team started out sluggish, they rallied by playing tremendous defense. G7 quickly erased a five point deficit and turned the score into a four-point lead. G7 played with good energy for the balance of the half as G-D went into halftime with a 23-14 lead.

The G7’s opened the second half strong with some stifling half court defense and hot shooting. Emma Wilson scored 12 of her game-high 16 points in the second half to extend GD’s lead. Jillian Van Pelt had five assists and six steals to key some fast break opportunities. Lauren Hill played very strong defense and had some timely rebounds. Nicole Tammaro added 10 points and four assists, while Bronwyn Mulligan and Abby Eisenklam each had eight rebounds and controlled the paint as G-D eventually outlasted Sudbury, winning 44-31. The G7’s are now 3-0 and looking forward to hosting Leominster next week.

Seventh grade boys fall to Natick

The seventh-grade boys lost to Natick 53-42. Tim Stark, Charlie Willis and Tyler Peck combined for 27 points. Joe O’Malley chipped in eight assists.

Eighth-grade girls run away from Natick, 48-37

The eighth-grade girls traveled to Natick this week and took one away from the home team, 48-37. G-D immediately pressed Natick jumping on top by 20. Maggie Wickham was the team’s high scorer with 11. Elizabeth Zawada got the start this week and played a fantastic defensive game. This is G7s third win.

Eighth-grade D1 Crusaders come up short in loss to Fitchburg

In a match-up of two up-tempo teams, the eighth-grade boys kept it tight early against an athletic Fitchburg team. The Red Raiders were strong throughout the first half, extending their lead 31-20 by halftime. After an even second half, G-D fell in the end, 65-52. In the first half, Josh Fiorentino was a strong inside presence for G-D while putting in two key hoops off of offensive rebounds. The Crusaders fell down by 19 in the second half and then dug in and fought back, getting the deficit down to seven with two minutes left in the game. Jake Gavel contributed six big points as part of the comeback. Evan Cook was instrumental in the comeback, finishing with 17 in the game with a combination of penetration and outside shooting. Jeremy Kearst finished with 14 points, including 12 in the second half during crunch time. The Crusaders will play Wellesley at home next week.

Eighth-grade Division 2 good as gold against Wachusett

The eighth-grade boys, division 2 team improved to 2-1 on the season with a win against host Wachusett gold.

G-D took the lead early on and never looked back, topping their opponent 41-31. Gavin Boyce paced G-D with 14 points.