Fierro's 26 Leads Mashpee Girls To First League Win
By: Rich Maclone, January 31, 2014
South Shore League victories have not come easily, or often, for the Mashpee High School girls’ basketball team. On Monday night the Lady Falcons scored their first of the season. Behind a great showing by the Falcons’ three-pronged backcourt attack of Summer Fierro, Morgen Morris and Raegan Silvia, the squad posted a 58-45 victory over visiting Carver High School.
Mashpee is now 4-8 overall, and 1-7 in the SSL.
Fierro connected on three 3-pointers in the game and led all scorers, netting 26 points for the club. Morris had a breakout game, scoring a season-high 14 points. Silvia added eight points and also pulled down nine rebounds in the game.
The Lady Falcons jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. Getting hot early, they scorched the nets for a 15-5 first quarter lead. The offense cooled a tad in the second quarter, but they were able to maintain a 28-19 lead by the conclusion of the first half. MHS never trailed in their wire-to-wire victory.
Carver was able to crawl back in the second half, cutting the lead down to as few as three points. Mashpee responded, though, with Morris and Fierro hitting a number of big buckets at key times to hold off the Crusaders.
“The kids just responded the whole way through the game,” coach Bob Catalini said. “They were ready to play. You can see some growth there, it’s really encouraging.”
Fierro’s 26-point night was the second time this year that she’s scored at least that many in a game. Coach Catalini said that the opposing defense certainly did not account for her enough with what it was trying to do. “They don’t give her enough attention,” he said. “She can really shoot the ball, and she had a good night.”
Mashpee did a nice job at the free throw line. The team had one of its best outings at the charity stripe, knocking down 15 of 23 from the line.
The win marked the first time that Mashpee has won a South Shore League game since reentering the league last year. The team nearly pulled off that feat last Friday night, when they played a tight one with Monomoy that resulted in a 56-50 defeat.
Last night the Falcons visited Cape Tech and scored another win, this time beating the Lady Crusaders by a score of 53-36. Fierro netted 15 points in the victory while Silvia hit for 11 and Alex Gumbert scored 10.
“It was a little helter-skelter at times, but we’ll take it,” Catalini said.
Mashpee hits the road tonight to face Carver on the road in a rematch.