Which girls’ basketball team has the best record on Cape Cod right now?
The answer might surprise you.
It’s the Mashpee High School ladies, who improved to 5-0 with an easy win against Atlantic Charter School on Wednesday, December 19. The Falcons played what amounted to a glorified practice against an over-matched team and ran to a 47-10 win for their fifth straight victory to open the season.
“They’re a young program, and we’ve been playing well. We were able to run some sets and work on our offense,” Coach Chris Tresca said.
Mashpee spread the playing time around liberally and got the most out of the entire roster. Ashley Keleher had an easy 14 and Amiyah Peters added 12. Kalajia Moore had a nice game on both ends of the floor and scored 10 points with six rebounds.
“It was a good game to get everyone some minutes and work on some things,” Tresca said.
The girls will try to make it six in a row to start the season on Friday, December 21, when they host Carver High School in a South Shore League game.
Girls Hold Off Hull
For the first time this year, the Mashpee High School girls’ basketball team was tested.
The Falcons passed.
Midway through the third quarter, it looked like the Lady Falcons were going to blow out Hull High School. Leading by 16 points, MHS was close to having a laugher on their hands as they improved to 4-0 to start the season.
Mashpee, which led by 11 at the half, pushed it to 16 behind a great end-to-end play by eighth grader Amiyah Peters, who dribbled through two pressing defenders and then pulled up to drain a three and then a coast-to-coast drive to the basket by Ashley Keleher. Up 33-17, the game looked like it was about to get lopsided in a hurry, as just 1:45 remained in the third quarter.
Hull then began to make shots, and Mashpee’s offense faltered. By the end of the period, the Pirates had the deficit back to 11, and then two straight baskets to start the fourth quarter pulled the visitors to within seven, at 33-26, with still 7:33 left in the game.
The surge got stronger by the Pirates. Micayla Redfearn converted a steal for a layup, and then the Pirates got to within four points on a shot by Jackie Diemer and then within a single basket, at 35-33, with 4:20 left in the game, on a Lauren Anastos shot.
With Mashpee’s defense continuing to falter, the Pirates had a chance to tie the game with 3:39 left to play in regulation on a shot by Carly Donovan, but Keleher swatted the ball away to keep her team ahead and then the Falcons got the ball back. Hialeah Turner-Foster then took the rebound and went to the other end on the fly, hitting a flying layup that should have also included a foul as she was hammered on the way up. The made hoop put the Falcons up four and then, after another stop, Kalajia Moore stuck back a Cassie Baker miss to make it a six-point game with 2:25 left to go in the contest.
MHS iced it with 1:40 remaining. After another stop on defense, MHS worked the ball up and had a fantastic possession, with four of the five Falcons on the court touching the ball. The final one to put up the shot was the same one that started the ball movement. Amiyah Peters got the ball back at the left elbow and calmly drained the jumper to give her team a 41-33 advantage.
Hull did not get closer than four after that. A second chance basket with 45 seconds to play cut it to four, but then Keleher smartly dribbled out most of the next possession before working her way right into getting fouled with 19 seconds to play. She hit both free throws to finish it off.
Turner-Foster led the team in scoring for the first time in her career. The eighth grader had 13 points in the game. Keleher had 12 and Peters put in nine. Moore and Baker each had four points for MHS.