Third Time's A Charm For Sandwich Girls' Basketball
By: Dan Crowley
The Blue Knights (5-8) weren’t about to lose a third game to Barnstable this season. Tuesday night leading by one point with 45 seconds to play a fire alarm interrupted the game in Hyannis. The brief delay didn’t derail Sandwich as Erin Gendreau hit two free throws in the final seconds to seal the victory at 54-51.
Gendreau had another big night knocking down 24 points. Barnstable’s Molly Bent was right behind her with 23. Lea Adams tacked on nine points in the winning effort.
The Knights led 23-22 at halftime. “We came out in the second half playing outstanding man to man defense,” Coach Chris Gendreau said. “Erin Hurley came off bench and provides quality minutes in second half. She played great defense and hit a key hoop and two key foul shots in third quarter. Erin Gendreau hit three 3-pointers in a row to change momentum late in third quarter. Meg Reardon did a good job on CC Soares, who is about eight inches taller than Meg.”
Sandwich couldn’t seem to shake Plymouth South Friday night until the final quarter when Erin Gendreau hammered them with four 3-pointers, three field goals and four points from the line as she scored 22 of her 39 points in the fourth quarter for a 70-56 victory.
The Panthers held a three-point lead in the final seconds of the third quarter, but a Sidney Miller steal and pass to Kasey Noonan for a quick jumper at the buzzer cut the Plymouth South lead to 42-41 entering the fourth.
The Panthers were first to the basket to open the final stanza, but before the first minute had run off the clock Gendreau took a lay-up to the hoop. Thirty seconds later she pulled up at the top of the key and opened the fireworks with a 3-pointer to give Sandwich the lead. A minute later Gendreau hit another deep ball, 30 seconds after that she drained another from the top of the key and then 30 seconds later knocked down her fourth 3-pointer of the quarter leaving the Panthers reeling. Before South could regroup, Gendreau drove to the hoop for two more points.
Plymouth’s Maddie Norris launched a 3-pointer and in response Gendreau, Miller, Carly Whittle and Lea Adams each hit baskets delivering the final blows in succession over a 90-second span.
Gendreau then made two trips to the free-throw line hitting all four shots.
Two minutes into the game, Gendreau hit her first 3-pointer of the night. Miller quickly followed with a deep jumper to give Sandwich their first lead of the game. A fast break and a lay-up by Julia Sullivan, off a pass from Whittle kept it going for the Knights. Then with 4:18 left in the first quarter Gendreau hit her second 3-pointer.
The Panthers fought back tying the score at 10-10 at the end of eight minutes.
The Sandwich press hurt the Panthers all night. In the first quarter alone SHS forced 10 turnovers. However, under the basket Plymouth South junior center Christina Jaros brought down six rebounds. Jaros finished the night with 17 points and 18 rebounds.
Sandwich took a four-point lead in the second quarter when Gendreau set up Miller for a lay-up. After the Panthers came back to tie the game, Gendreau drove the lane and drew a foul completing a 3-point play and then came back with a lay-up as the Knights pulled ahead by five.
Caroline McKenna hit a 3-pointer down the stretch and Adams got the ball to Megan Reardon for a lay-up as SHS took a 32-26 lead at the break.
Norris opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer for the Panthers and midway through the quarter Plymouth took a 35-34 lead. Sullivan hit a 3-pointer from the left side baseline for the Knights to regain the lead, but Plymouth edged ahead by three points, before Miller’s steal and Noonan’s jumper to end the third.
The aggressive, fast-paced press by the Knights hurt the Panthers. Over the course of the night Sandwich forced Plymouth to turn the ball over 28 times. Sandwich shot 8-for-20 from the 3-point line and 6-for-12 from the free-throw line. Whittle finished with nine points, Sullivan had seven and Miller ended with six.
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