G5: Acton-Boxborough runs past G-D
Acton-Boxborough earned a decisive 34-7 victory over the fifth-grade girls. Clare Joyce scored five points in the loss, while Cassidy Lacombe added two.
B5: Maynard offensive rebounding dooms Crusaders
The fifth-grade boys fell to second-place Maynard, 38-18. B5 came out a little sluggish in the first half and only had Chris Smith for two thirds of the game due pre-game injury. G-D came alive by the end of the first half, ending the half only down by three, 18-15. B5’s defense continues to improve, but they were beaten on multiple-chance shots by Maynard. Maynard ended the game with a 20-3 flurry.
G6: Leominster’s talent too much for Crusaders
The sixth-grade girls had a tremendous effort against a talented Leominster team this weekend. Leominster utilized full-court pressure to jump out to an early lead, but G6 recovered and answered with a smothering half-court press that generated G-D offense, keeping the score close in the early going. Caroline Straw led the defense with six steals in the back of their 1-3-1.
G-D put up a ton of shots and followed many with offensive rebounds.
Ali Vogel, Amanda LaCombe, Brenna O’Malley and Straw all had six rebounds. Scoring was very evenly distributed, with most G-D players adding a point or two. In the end, Leominster’s talent was too much for G6, as the Crusaders fell, 35-19.
B6: Crusaders fall in barnburner
The sixth-grade boys lost a tight one to Wachusett, 31-29, in a tough battle for first place. The contest came right down to the wire, but B6 ran out of time in its bid for victory. This game featured some great all-out play as several B6’s hit the floor in search of loose balls and dove out of bounds in strong attempts to save possessions.
G-D’s much-improved defense held a very potent Wachusett offense well below its season average. Stars of the game for the Crusaders were Jack Barry with an all around great performance and Brandon Wiercinski with a team high in points and rebounds. B6 looks to bounce back at home against Oakmont.
G7: Crusaders remain undefeated in league The seventh-grade girls faced off against Acton-Boxboro this past weekend. The girls found their offensive rhythm midway through the first half and broke open a double digit lead, eventually going into halftime ahead, 27-13.
The second half saw the G7’s come out and force many turnovers as a result of their pressure defense. Jillian Van Pelt (three assists, three steals, one block) led all scorers with 12 points, followed by Nicole Tammaro (four steals, two assists, two rebounds) with nine. Olivia Ray (two rebounds) had two blocks and some solid stops on defense, while Lauren Hill forced multiple turnovers with her tenacious defense. Cate Bolton (two steals) played stellar defense and grabbed five timely rebounds. Bronwyn Mulligan led on the boards with six. The G7’s are now 7-0 in league play.
B7: Gardner runs wild on G-D
The seventh-grade boys lost to Gardner, 47-25. Tim Stark and Joe O’Malley led the Crusaders. Elias Jiser battled underneath and had numerous rebounds on both ends of the court.
G8: Crusaders crush Hudson
The eighth-grade girls played Hudson in a packed Groton-Dunstable Middle School North Gym. G8 beat Hudson 50-6. Once again, G-D’s defense was outstanding. Erin Jussaume lead all scorers with nine points. Maggie Wickham turned in solid game defensively,and scored eight points in the win.
B8: D1 Groton- Dunstable wins in a shootout
In a shootout and key league match-up, the eighth-grade boys Division 1 team outlasted the visiting Hudson Hawks, 83-70. After a tightly contested first half where G-D maintained a 33-30 lead, the Crusaders scored 50 points in the second half, fueled by six three-point field goals from four different players. Joe Bushnell hit back-to-back threes in a key part of the game, creating separation mid-way through the half.
Hudson, with a strong inside game, was able to keep the game very close up to that point. Evan Cook had 20 of his game high 32 points in the second half, scoring inside, outside, and from the free throw line. Matt Cota also contributed heavily scoring nine of his 11 points in the half. Jeremy Keast once again was in double digits scoring 15 in the game.
Josh Fiorentino (seven points) and Sam Boudreau were key to the victory showing grit and tenacity on the boards and on the defensive end. B8DI looks forward to hosting Acton-Boxboro next week — an opportunity to avenge an opening week loss.
B8-D2: G-D falters in loss to Narragansett
After an impressive start and early lead for the eighth-grade boys, division II, the visitors from Narragansett earned a convincing 55-31 win. Narragansett came into the game 5-1 and tied for second in the league standings. Jake Willard and Nick Perry had strong personal games for G-D. B8,D2 dropped to 3-4 on the season. The Crusaders return home Sunday, when they host Quabbin.