It was a great bounce-back game for the Sandwich High School girls’ basketball team on Tuesday, January 19, on the island. The Lady Knights traveled to Nantucket on the heels of losing their season-opener to rival Falmouth a few days earlier. Any residual frustrations from that night were worked out thanks to a dominant showing against Nantucket in which the Knights slammed the door in the fourth quarter.

With their defensive intensity raised a notch, Sandwich was able to do the things that it wanted to against NHS. The Knights forced turnovers and bad shots, got out and ran the floor and had a great time overall. In the fourth quarter they came through and allowed just one field goal, with Victoria McGittigan leading the way with a great day on defense and passing the ball offensively.

Grace Cohen led the offense with a season-high 13 points to pace the Knights’ 56-28 win. Sandwich held a comfortable 25-14 lead at the half.

Sierra Brigham and Nora Cronin each chipped in with eight points for the winners. Ryann Cobban had six points. Hailey Lemire scored her first varsity points in the victory.

“It was nice to be able to get out and execute,” coach Marty Cosgrove said. “Falmouth did a good job of shutting us down, but we were able to get out and pick up the pace, run and make some things happen against Nantucket.”

Falmouth frustrated the Knights last Friday night in a 48-32 win by the Clippers. The home team that night got out early and used a big game from senior co-captain Lily Craft (14 points) to get up early and never looked back. Falmouth held a 17-4 lead after one quarter as the Knights were held to just a pair of field goals in the opening period by McGittigan and Cobban. McGittigan finished as the leading scorer for SHS that night with 10. Brigham and Grace Rothera each had seven.

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