The Sandwich girls’ basketball team came out guns blazing in its Cape & Islands Atlantic League showdown against Falmouth, but couldn’t keep up with that pace for all four quarters.
Hosting the Clippers on Tuesday, February 11, the Knights jumped out to a 16-8 first-quarter lead only to see Falmouth open the fourth quarter on a 14-2 run en route to a 58-41 loss.
Senior Sadie Hunt led offensively for the hosts, finishing with a team-high 15 points—all of which came via the 3-ball. Junior Sarah Lutsic finished not far behind Hunt’s output with 13 on the night.
It was Hunt’s two 3s that sparked the first-quarter scoring surge for Sandwich while classmate Lauren Condon scored four of her six points in the opening eight minutes. Hunt added two more from long range in the second quarter, but the Clippers caught fire from beyond the arc as well. Falmouth senior Kayla Thomas (20 points) dialed up from long distance three times before halftime while Ariana Silvia (24 points) scored eight points in the second.
That Falmouth run gave the visitors a slim advantage at halftime, 28-26.
The game ground to a halt in the third quarter, as neither team scored in double digits. The low-scoring frame favored the hosts, who stayed within striking distance entering the fourth quarter trailing by five points, 37-32.
Then the fourth quarter came around and Silvia and Rachelle Andrade took over the game. The former scored 10 points while the latter scored all nine of her points in the fourth quarter via the trey-ball. Falmouth opened the fourth quarter on a 14-2 run to turn an otherwise competitive league game into a 17-point loss.
Sandwich 54, Martha’s Vineyard 37
Senior Lauren Condon pushed the opening tip-off to Hunt and she fed senior Maggie Nardini for a layup on the right block for the first points of the game on Sunday, February 9.
It was a memorable bucket for the senior co-captain, who has missed the season after sustaining a knee injury this past summer. With her fellow classmates on the court celebrating the girls’ basketball team’s senior night, it was even more special.
From there, the Knights dominated the Vineyarders to earn the regular season sweep against the island squad after previously scoring a 62-31 win on the Vineyard on January 14.
Sierra Brigham, a sophomore, put up a game-high 18 points while Hunt scored 12. The two teams were knotted 27 at halftime, but a 13-2 run over the course of the third quarter created a comfortable lead entering the final eight minutes of action.
Sandwich (9-10, 5-6 C&I Atlantic) travels to Nantucket Friday, February 14, at 5 PM. Previously, the Knights scored a 58-45 win on January 21.