Mashpee Girls Basketball Halts Hull, 51-43
By: Rich Maclone, February 14, 2014
Just a week ago, on their home court, the Mashpee High School girls suffered a blowout loss to the Lady Pirates of Hull High School. On that night, the Falcons could do seemingly nothing right and things went from bad to worse as the contest ran on.
With that loss already in hand, it would have been a safe assumption that the Lady Falcons would once again take one on the chin Wednesday night when they went to play the Lady Pirates on the South Shore. That assumption proved to be dead wrong, though.
Behind the outside shooting of guards Summer Fierro and Raegan Silvia, Mashpee torched the nets and scored a 51-43 win to upset Hull. The victory was Mashpee’s second South Shore League victory of the year, and improved the team to 6-14 overall in its penultimate contest of the season.
MHS rounds out its campaign tonight with a road trip to Cohasset High School at 6:30.
For three-quarters of the game, Mashpee was clearly the better team. However, one wonky period nearly cost the Lady Falcons dearly.
The first half saw Mashpee do a nice job running their sets, and shutting down Hull on the defensive end. Mixing up man-to-man defense along with a nice match-up zone, Mashpee pulled ahead by a 31-16 score at the half and it looked like they were in for clear sailing. Sam Raftery beat the second-quarter buzzer from 3-point range to run the team’s lead up to 15 at the break.
Then the third quarter came around and it was as if someone forgot to restart Mashpee’s engines for the second half. The Falcons’ offense produced a goose egg in quarter number three. Hull used that to its advantage, outscoring the visitors 11-0 in the quarter to make a game of it, with MHS still clinging to a 31-27 lead as the final stanza began.
“We were reeling a little bit,” coach Bob Catalini said. That sinking feeling really grew when Hull hit a shot to go up 40-39 with about four minutes left to play.
Just when it seemed that it would all fall apart, the Lady Falcons pulled themselves back together and finished the game quite strongly, outscoring their hosts 12-4 down the stretch.
An offensive rebound by Alex Gumbert led to a big 12-foot jumper by Morgen Morris (four points) that put MHS back in front. Hull countered with a basket to reclaim the lead, but it proved to be their final one of the night after Fierro (20 points) canned a huge 3-pointer. Another Hull miss was followed by another big Mashpee perimeter shot. This time it was Silvia that did the damage, swishing through one of her five 3-pointers in the game to make it 47-42 with just two minutes left to play. Silvia would finish the night with 19 points for the Lady Falcons.
“Their coach told me, ‘we just can’t touch shooting like that,’ ” Catalini said.
From that point forward, Hull began to foul and Mashpee was able to close it out at the line. Silvia added a pair of free throws, Sarah Whipper had one and so did Fierro.
“This was a good team effort,” Catalini said. “They’re fighters. These kids aren’t mailing it in at all. Every game, they go out and fight.”
A night earlier the Lady Falcons were bested by Rockland, 50-34. Fierro scored a team-high 16 in the game, but Mashpee was unable to keep up with the high-paced attack that the Rockland squad had that evening.