Lady Warriors Defeat Dolphins, Fall To Bulldogs

By: Kat Szmit

Topics: Basketball

Nauset’s Francesca Gonnella (10) works the ball around D-Y’s Kim Murry (11), while teammate Sunny Green (2) lends support.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO

SOUTH YARMOUTH A slew of three-pointers played a key role in the Nauset Warriors girls varsity basketball team’s 57-28 victory against Dennis-Yarmouth last Friday night, but the Dolphins certainly didn’t let their opponents win easily.

“D-Y played very hard today and made us work for everything,” said Nauset head coach Heath “Noopy” Teixeira. “We did well, but it was a very tough game.”

The Warriors sunk an impressive eight tri’s in the outing, four of which came from Makayla Hutchinson, who netted three of her four during the game’s first quarter. Avery Burns added two more in the second, while Francesca Gonnella had one each in the first and fourth with Emma Shackleford adding one in the third.

Though Nauset ultimately took control of the game, the determined Dolphins put up a serious fight, employing a smothering defense to make up for the absence of one of their major shooters.

The pressure resulted in Nauset’s taking a 10-point lead after the first quarter, before playing to a halftime score of 29-10 as Teixeira took the opportunity to get as many players into the game as possible, resulting in what he dubbed a “whole team” victory.

“I thought everyone on the team contributed in this win,” he said, adding that he was pleased with his team’s tenacity. “When D-Y challenged us early, we responded and kept scoring, and trying to play hard defense.”

That said, Teixeira gave respect to the Dolphins for giving his team a battle.

“You have to give them a little bit of credit for hanging in there early in the game,” he said.

The head coach praised the efforts of Hutchinson, a freshman, for her shooting prowess, Gonnella, who returned to the court this season after an ACL injury sidelined her last year, and Kiley Vitale.

Overall, Hutchinson had 12 points, all threes, with Burns adding eight, and Shackleford netting seven, while Gonnella, Korin Mereste, and Allie Bezio each had six, Sunny Green four, Vitale, Isabel Pellegrini, and Ashley Ross two each, and Reagan Meehan and Claire Wardlaw each added one via free throws.

As assistant coach Scott McGrath said, “It was a little bit of everybody.”

Sadly, missing from the night’s roster was Skyeler Sandison who was out with an illness, but was expected to return for the following day’s game at Old Rochester.

In spite of a solid effort by the Warriors on the road, the Bulldogs eked out a 48-45 win in the Jan. 13 game.

After the host team took a 28-22 lead into the break, the Warriors regrouped for a valiant fourth-quarter rally that fell just short.

Mereste was the top scorer for the visiting Nauset squad with 13 points, followed by Gonnella with 10, including another tri of three-pointers, and Hutchinson with six.

Nauset stands at 4-1 for the season thus far, with Teixeira hopeful for continued success.

“We’re a different team than last year,” said Teixeira. “We added four freshman that made varsity who are playing and contributing, and we have some older kids that give us that experience and leadership.”