Lady Knights Beat Barnstable 71-66
By: Dan Crowley
With just 15 seconds left to play Tuesday night, the Lady Knights (10-8) held a tenuous 67-66 lead over visiting Barnstable. Katie Corey then stepped to the line and sank two free throws. At the other end of the court she hauled in the rebound of a missed BHS shot. Nine seconds later she put the game away with two more free throws, giving Sandwich a 71-66 win and a spot in the state tournament
With the game tied at 60-60 with 2:41 to play, Meg Harden drove up the middle of the Red Raider defense and to the hoop. On their next possession Erin Gendreau nailed a three-pointer from the left side for a 65-60 SHS lead with a minute to play setting the stage for Corey, who went 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the final 39 seconds.
The Lady Knights took an 11-8 lead in the opening quarter on a three-pointer by Kenny Antonowicz. Frani Davis, Antonowicz, and Harden each went to the net in the final minutes as Sandwich took a 17-13 lead after one quarter.
A three-point play by Gendreau made the lead 20-13 to open the second quarter. Alyssa Buttrick then gave the Lady Knights a 22-13 advantage. Olivia Costello drained a three-pointer from the top of the key for the Raiders and then stole the ball adding two more. She then cut the SHS lead to 22-20.
Gendreau stopped the BHS run with a three-pointer. Emily Kent then went up for two and drew a foul. Making the shot from the free throw line, she put Sandwich up, 28-20. Kent then grabbed a rebound and found Antonowicz on the outlet who fired the ball up the court to Harden for the easy lay-up. Harden then drove the lane on Sandwich’s next possession for a 32-20 lead.
An 8-1 scoring run by the Red Raiders down the stretch cut the Sandwich lead to 33-28 at the break.
Barnstable opened the second half with a 7-2 scoring run to tie the game at 35-all. Two points from the line by Davis and a three-pointer by Harden put the Lady Knights back out in front. Kent and Sidney Miller chipped in to increase the SHS lead to 43-35, but a 6-2 BHS run cut the lead to 45-41.
A jumper by Kent helped keep the Knights in front as the third quarter closed with Barnstable trailing by just three points.
The Red Raiders tied the game 21 seconds into the fourth quarter. The lead bounced back and forth until, with 2:29 left, Harden drove to the hoop and Gendreau followed with her big three-pointer.
Aggressive pressure defense by the Red Raiders in the second half forced 16 SHS turnovers. The quick hands and great anticipation of the Lady Knights took the ball away from Barnstable a dozen times in the final two quarters.
“It was senior night and a great effort by all our seniors,” Coach Chris Gendreau said. “Barnstable is very physical and we talked about being more physical. We played an all-around good game.”
Barnstable’s Molly Bent led all scorers with 18 points. Kent finished with 16 for the Lady Knights. Harden had 15, Davis finished with 12, Gendreau had nine, Corey had eight, all in the fourth quarter, and Antonowicz added seven.
“Emily Kent played the best game I’ve ever seen her play,” Coach Gendreau added, “and I couldn’t be more happy for Katie Corey. She is a leader out there. She always works hard and is all business. Erin (Gendreau) changed the tide of the game with that three-pointer and Megan (Harden) is doing more than scoring. She is perfectly capable of 10 or 12 rebounds.”
Harden finished the night with 12 rebounds.
Saturday the Lady Knights lost a tough one to Plymouth North by a score of 57-41.
“It was a back and forth game,” Coach Gendreau said. “They played great team defense. Mentally and physically we were not in the game.”
Erin Gendreau led Sandwich with 13 points.
“At one point in the third quarter we closed the gap to four points at 41-37,” the coach noted.
Friday night the Lady Knights beat Brockton, 56-55.
“It’s the first time in recent memory that we’ve beaten Brockton,” the coach said. “”We led 30-18 at the half, but we knew they’d come back with pressure. They made a run at us. I think it was Kenny Antonowicz’s best game that I’ve ever been a part of. We controlled the pace of the game and distributed the ball well. Meg (Harden) had 13 points and Erin (Gendreau) finished with six points and eight rebounds. Emily (Kent) had five points and seven rebounds. She has been a real leader. At least half of what she does doesn’t show up in the scorebook. And Frani Davis gave us some great defense. It was a monumental win for us.”
The Lady Knights are at Marshfield tonight at 6:30. They will host Whitman-Hanson Tuesday at 3:30 PM.
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