Basketball: Sandwich Girls Earn Big Road Win
By: Dan Crowley
By halftime Friday night the Lady Knights (5-5, 3-2 ACL) held a nine-point lead on Plymouth South. But the Panthers cut that lead to 66-64 in the final minute of the second half. That’s when Erin Gendreau stepped to the foul line and iced the win with two big free throws.
“We played stifling defense in the first half,” Coach Chris Gendreau said. “Then we rotated Katie Corey, Abby Weber, and Alyssa Buttrick on their high-scorer, Tracy Ivan, and they held her to four points in the first half. At the other end, Meg Hardin and Erin (Gendreau) combined for 14 first-half points. Sidney Miller and Kylie Dolan provided us with some positive first-half energy.”
South staged a comeback in the third quarter, cutting into the Lady Knight lead.
“They made a game of it,” the coach admitted. “They went up by one in the third quarter.”
Sandwich fought back with a strong second half from Frani Davis who drew most of the coverage on South’s Ivan.
“Frani Davis and Kenny Antonowicz both played great all-around games,” Coach Gendreau noted. “Shalynn Doherty played great defense and drew a key fourth by Ivan. Emily Kent gave us great support on the boards with seven rebounds.”
After Gendreau hit the two key free throws, the Lady Knights killed the clock.
“We held onto the ball that last minute,” the coach added. “It was a great road win. Anytime you win in another team’s gym, it’s good. I tell the kids, defense is offense without the ball and that the tougher we play defense the more opportunities we’ll have to score.”
Harden led the scoring for SHS with 16 points. Gendreau finished with 14 and Davis added a dozen.
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