Falmouth Academy Girls Win Big Over Lady Lions
By: Rich Maclone
There wasn’t much doubt what the outcome of the game would be after just a few minutes yesterday afternoon at the Falmouth Academy gymnasium. The FA ladies scored early and often as they routed visiting Pope John Paul II High School 47-18 last night.
Falmouth set the tone over the first five minutes of the game, on both ends of the court. The Lady Mariners dropped in the game’s first 20 points before PJPII got on the board, with every member of the starting five getting in on the act during that time.
Freshman guard Summer Fierro (13 points) got things started off on the right foot for Falmouth as the rookie swished back-to-back 3-pointers to open the game up. Senior center Shae Waller (6 points) followed with a put-back of an Alissa Dalpe (6 points) miss, and then Abby Hollander (8 points) drained a 12-footer to make it a 10-0 game just like that.
Dalpe would follow with a lay-up and then Christina Nunley (6 points) converted a mid-range jumper. A couple of free throws by Fierro and then another Dalpe bucket and just like that the Lady Ms had built a comfortable 20-point lead before working up much of a sweat.
And they also did the job on the defensive end during that time. PJPII, which is a first-year varsity club, was suffocated by the Lady Mariners man-to-man defense, which forced multiple turnovers throughout the game. During the opening stretch the Lady Mariners kept the Lady Lions off the scoreboard, allowing just two shot attempts during the first five minutes of the contest, one of which Waller rebounded and the other resulted in a pair of missed free throws by the Lady Lions.
The second half was more of the same from FA. Coach Gus Adams used his bench for the bulk of the action, but the Lady Mariners continued to pull away. The most exciting moment of the second half came with a little less than five minutes to go when the basketball got lodged between the rim and backboard and it took seven attempts, between FA, Pope John and the referees, to finally get the orb down to earth.
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