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B4 Crusaders romp past TAP

The fourth-grade boys played very well in their final regular season game and posted a 41-16 win over TAP at home.

Taylor Wiercinski led the way in scoring with 13 points. Andrew Stenstream added eight and Evan Laudenslager chipped in with six. Ryan Bushnell and Wes Garibotto continued to lead the team defensively, and Nathan Bushnell had a solid all-around game.

The team will anxiously await its opponent in the first round of the playoffs beginning in a few weeks.

B5 Nashoba holds off G-D

The fifth-grade boys had a seesaw battle with Nashoba. Unfortunately, Nashoba had the final run to take the lead and hold on for a score of 41-36.

Matt Egan was player of the game. His excellent defense and rebounding kept us close throughout, and he single-handedly erased a halftime deficit with consecutive steals leading to fast-break points.

G5 Lady Crusaders notch tight win

The fifth-grade girls got off to a slow start, but made a strong showing in the long run with a 12-7 victory over Narragansett.

This match up was much more about defense than offense as was evident from the low score of the game (G-D led 4-2 at the half).

The Crusaders were solid on defense and did a great job crashing the boards, with nine of 10 girls registering at least one rebound and combining for a total of 22 rebounds.

On the scoring end, Lidia Spada and Cassidy Lacombe led the way with three points each and Kana Norton, Lili Evans, and Clare Joyce all had two points.

G6 Crusaders top Mountaineers in overtime

History repeated itself in an exciting fashion when for the second year in a row the sixth-grade girls finished their regular season with an overtime win over Wachusett at home.

It was a good win for the Crusaders against a team that beat them by 10 earlier in the season. G-D’s defense was once again impressive, holding Wachusett to only four points at the close of the first half, which G-D led 13-4.

Wachusett battled back in the second half as G6’s offense began to stall, and at the end of regulation the score was locked at 16.

It was all G-D in the overtime frame. Kyleigh McDonald scored a quick three points to start the period and Amanda LaCombe chipped in two with 30 seconds to go, all while holding Wachusett scoreless to win the game, 21-16. For the second straight game, the entire G-D team played with intensity and passion. The defense created 17 steals (Caroline Straw and Ali Vogel had five each). Kyleigh McDonald had some great numbers: six rebounds, two blocked shots, three steals and nine points.

G7 Crusaders cap off undefeated season

The seventh-grade girls capped off an undefeated regular season (11-0) by defeating Wellesley 48-32. The game was fast paced and aggressive on both ends of the floor. The G7’s started fast and opened up a double digit lead going into halftime up 25-13.

The G7’s showed stretches of solid passing and strong defense in the second half as well.

Nicole Tammaro (three steals) led all scorers with 15 points, followed by Emma Wilson (nine pts), Bronwyn Mulligan (7 points., 7 rebounds) and Jillian Van Pelt (6 points, 2 assists, 5 steals). Wilson also had a remarkable 10 steals.

Carolyn Mullins played an outstanding game with 5 points, 3 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals.

Her two left handed layups and tenacious defense set the tone for the team. Rachel Erickson also contributed in the win with four rebounds.

B7 G-D falls to Gardner

The seventh-grade boys lost to Gardner 44-28.Joe O’Malley and Tim Stark combined for 17 points in a valiant effort against a talented Gardner team.

Colin teDuits, Elias Jiser, Sam Smethurst and Sam Eggimann were defensive stalwarts battling for rebounds on both ends of the court.

G8 Crusaders secure home-court advantage in playoffs

The eighth-grade girls traveled out to Oakmont for a very important game– home-court advantage through the playoffs was on the line. G8 came out not ready to play allowing Oakmont to get up on them early 15-4.

Little by little, G-D crept back into the game. Erin Jussaume came into the game and immediately made an impact with a three-point shot that tied the game 15-15.

G-D took the lead right before half, 20-18, with a great drive from the high post by Julia Stathis. G8 came out in the second half and played some great defense, led by Sarah Wilco, Elizabeth Zawada and Julianna Higgins.

Jacqueline Forbes took two offensive charges as well as Zawada took one. The offense was led by Maggie Wickham, Lydia Pray, Hannah Wynn and Rachel Romich.

G-D earned home-court advantage through the playoffs with a win against Oakmont, 37-23.

B8 – D1 G-D eliminated from playoff contention

The eighth-grade boys, division I made the trek to Melrose in crossover match-up with another formidable Metrowest foe. The Crusaders came into the game needing a win to secure a playoff spot.

In a very tight game throughout, Melrose finally created separation at the end with three three-point field goals in the final 2:30 and secured the victory with clutch foul shooting to take a 73-63 victory. Up to that point the largest margin had been four with multiple lead changes. Evan Cook was once again on the attack, leading the B8 with 25 points.

Will Manzi also had another impressive performance, scoring 20 in this one. Sam Boudreau was clutch throughout the game offensively, contributing 10 points, and he led the team in rebounding. Connor Keegan was a key contributor as well on both ends, particularly on the offensive boards and distributing the basketball.

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