Against a team that Coach Bob Catalini believed his club was superior to, the Mashpee High School girls' basketball team had a simple game plan on Wednesday evening at the Bock Gymnasium. The first-year Head Coach said he just wanted his team to go out and play. They weren't to worry about making mistakes, he just wanted to see them get after it for 32 minutes.
The Lady Falcons exacted their non-game plan game plan very well. Mashpee jumped out to a big lead early, running up and down the court and finding good shots against Cape Cod Tech's defense at every turn. MHS held the Lady Crusaders scoreless for nearly the entire first quarter and had a double-figure lead by the end of the opening stanza. They carried that lead wire-to-wire as they won with ease, 38-23.
The Lady Falcons improved to 3-5 on the season with the non-league victory.
While winning the game certainly put smiles on the faces of the players, not everything was rosy. The Lady Falcons will certainly be holding their collective breaths hoping for the best prognosis possible for guard Summer Fierro. One of the team's top scorers, Fierro was fouled early in the first quarter on a drive to the basket and landed awkwardly on her right leg. She immediately grabbed at her knee and left the court in tears. She returned to watch the second half from the bench, with her knee in a brace and with ice on it.
Mashpee was already without its other starting guard, senior Morgen Morris. She had to miss the game with a wrist injury and is hoping to be back on the court within a matter of days.
"We're thin to begin with," Catalini said. "She didn't land well on that play. We hope it isn't a long-term thing, but we'll have to wait and see."
Stepping up for the Falcons in the absence of her injured teammates was forward Sam Raftery, who may have had the best game of her high school career. Raftery came out on fire for the Lady Falcons in the first half and finished with a career-best 13 points. She also pulled down seven rebounds, accumulated three steals and had an assist in the game.
Small forward Reagan Silvia also shot the ball well. Playing a point-forward hybrid position, Silvia looked to set up her teammates more than herself in the game, but she still finished with 11 points overall, the bulk of which came in the first half. Alex Gumbert added 8 points in the game and Sarah Whipper had four points and led the team on the glass, pulling down 11 rebounds.
Raftery and Silvia traded baskets in the first quarter as the Lady Falcons built their lead up. Mashpee scored the game's first 10 points before CCT, which was led by Shaleka Taylor's 8 points, managed to get their first shot to fall. The CCT hoop came with 25 seconds left to go in the first quarter, and was quickly matched by Raftery, who drained a long jump shot with four seconds left in the opening period.
In the second quarter, Mashpee pushed the lead up to 15 points early on, and took a 14-point bulge into halftime. With Catalini moving players in and out of the lineup freely in the second half, Cape Tech was able to get as close as nine points with about two minutes remaining in the contest, but the Lady Falcons finished the game off on a 6-0 run to push the advantage back up to where it had been all night long.