Posted by boston.com March 13, 2014 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by Mystic Valley Regional Charter School:
The crowd was huge and loud and this helped them get fired up. The Eagles started slow and sluggish but the girls came on strong starting at the midway point of the first half and allowed only 4 points in the second half.
Coach Jane Brunelli was very happy with her team’s efforts “as a team we play solidly and each game has had a different leader. Lauren Carlino who has been playing sick for the last couple of games was really not feeling great but played hard. Giving her a much needed break was the stellar play of Kate Story, playing like her brother Tyler, she dominated at the point slashing her way to the basket and finding her team mates for some easy looks. Her defense was also instrumental in the win.”
The Eagles’ scoring was very balanced with 9 players contributing. Kate Story had a game high 8 followed by Ashley O’Rourke 6, Lauren Carlino , Madison Sullivan, and Camryn Ryan with 5 each. Camryn Ryan had a sweet three to start the game. Jaden Granderson, Mary Eileen d’Entremont and Natalie LoRusso had 2 points each. Heather DiGiovanni played an excellent game, she was fighting a stomach bug but she was fierce on both ends of the court also scoring 2 points. Saige Brutus, Daniella, D’Alleva, Emily Zibell and Danille Weldon were a constant presence on the floor diving for all the loose balls and playing lock down defense, Saige Brutus came back from hurting her ankle and did not miss a step returning to the game to race up and down both ends of the court. Isabel Ospina played solid minutes gathering rebounds and passing up the court.
After the game coach Brunelli added: Deirdre Flanagan was very strong at point guard. She did a tremendous job on a night when we really needed a 3rd point guard. Deidre plays extremely solid and focused every game. The four, fabulous fifth graders have stepped up their game and are playing poised and confident while improving their games. This team is so unselfish and supportive of each other it amazing to watch. Injured player Alyssa Dagle was again on our bench offering encouragement to her team mates.”
Later in the evening, the Mystic Valley 7th and 8th grade boys’ basketball team was able to survive a tough Swampscott team at home and win in thrilling fashion 44-43. The Eagles were paced offensively again by big man Hunter Kreis with 15 points. Late in the game the Eagles found themselves down by 1 with less than 30 seconds on the clock when Jimmy Arneil (7 points) hit a clutch shot to put the Eagles ahead for good. It was the first time in almost 6 weeks that the Eagles have had their full roster back and while there was some rust early on, the return of Isaiah Granderson, who had 6 big 2nd half points, proved to be a huge lift for the home team. Julian Ospina was a huge spark off the bench for the Eagles providing 6 points and Ethan Nguyen and Frederick Mardy chipped in with great defense and rebounding as well.
After the game Coach Turner said “I’m extremely proud of these boys 1-15. Everyone did something to help pull this one out. We’ve lost all the close ones all year and it was good to see the boys make the plays at the end to pull it out.” The Eagles will have to refocus after last night’s big victory as the road doesn’t get much easier. On Saturday they will be visiting #1 seed Winthrop at 4:00 pm