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THE PEABODY ADVOCATE
- Friday, March 17, 2017
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Bishop Fenwick girls’ basketball team falls
to Wakefield High in Div. III North final
By Greg Phipps
A
fter their 30-point semifi-
nal dismantling of second-
seeded Manchester-Essex of
the Cape Ann League earlier
in the week, the sixth-seed-
ed Bishop Fenwick (BF) Cru-
saders could have been con-
sidered the favorite heading
into last Saturday’s girls’Div. III
North final at Wakefield High
School.
That proved an inaccurate
presumption. The top-seeded
Amesbury Indians, also from
the Cape Ann League, dem-
onstrated why they had just
one loss all season by taking
control pretty much from the
opening tap and never trailing
in a 66-50 victory.
What Amesbury possessed
that Manchester did not was
significant size, especially up
front. Indians center Flannery
O’Connor poured in 20 points
andhauleddown20 rebounds.
She couldhavehadmore if not
for missing several makeable
inside shots and getting re-
jected a few times by BF’s Jen-
nieMeagher, whomatchedup
with O’Connor size-wise.
The defending Div. III state
champion Crusaders, who
finished 16-9 overall, fell be-
hind in the first quarter by a
17-7 count before chipping
away and pulling within 17-
14 early in period two. It was
rough going for the remain-
der of the second period as
Amesbury went on a 19-5 run
and entered the intermission
ahead, 36-19.
BF received some brief en-
couragement when SamMan-
cinelli drilled two of her four
three-pointers to open the
third quarter. But the Indians
held fast and never allowed BF
to seriously threaten.
Senior captain Mancinel-
li, in her final game as a Cru-
sader, led BF with 17 points;
sophomore Samantha Gal-
lant contributed 12 points off
the bench. Fredi DeGugliel-
mo netted five points; Olivia
DiPietro, five; Courtney Nor-
ton, four; and Meagher, three.
Sophomore Jaxson Nadeau,
who had a big 15-point, sev-
en-steal effort against Man-
chester, was held without a
field goal Saturday and end-
ed up with four points.
“We had a bad game but
Amesburywas better,”Crusad-
ers head coach Adam DeBag-
gis told the press after the con-
test. “Our effort was through
the roof but our focus was a
little off.We were late rotating
ondefense andour shotswere
a little off. There were spurts
but we couldn’t stop them
from scoring and allowed too
many points.”
Despite the disappoint-
ing end to this season, BF has
much to look forward to next
year, as nine varsity players
will return in 2017-18. Manci-
nelli, Samantha Gulla and Ca-
mille Tache are the three de-
parting seniors.
BF guard JaxsonNadeau attempts tomove past Amesbury de-
fender Madison Napoli in Saturday’s Div. III North final.
Crusader player Olivia DiPietro drives around Amesbury’s
Flannery O’Connor.
It gets physical under the boards between BF center Jennie
Meagher and Amesbury’s Mikayla Porcaro in first-half action
on Saturday.
BF’s Samantha Gallant pulls up for a shot after splitting two Amesbury defenders.