Before they battle against the best team in the Cape and Islands League on Friday, February 19, the Sandwich High School girls’ basketball team had one more game, against the last-place team in the Atlantic Division on Wednesday, February 17. SHS improved to 7-4 on the season by dominating the Dennis-Yarmouth Dolphins on Senior Night at SHS.
Three players scored in double figures and all but one player on the roster had at least one bucket as Sandwich ran D-Y out of the building, 64-19.
Sandwich head coach Marty Cosgrove said the focus of his team over the past few games has been getting better in all aspects of play. The Knights have won three in a row, but the next one will be the most-difficult game they’ve had in a few weeks.
“Nauset is a very tough team, and we’re going to have our hands full, but when our kids are focused and put their minds to it we can play with anybody,” Cosgrove said. “We’re going to have to play with precision laser focus because Nauset is a good team, you can’t take anything away from them. They’re 11-0 for a reason. They’ve got the best shooter in the league, they have two humongous post players and I think they have one of the best defenders in the league.”
Dennis-Yarmouth had none of those things and Sandwich took advantage right out of the gate. Victoria McGittigan, Katelyn Kramer and Ryann Cobban took turns putting the ball in the basket from the get-go as Sandwich came up with steal after steal in their halfcourt defense and got out and ran. Within minutes Sandwich led by a 13-0 score and it was 19-2 at the end of the first quarter. The first basket of the second quarter by Sandwich ultimately was the game-winner, but it rolled out to a 34-7 lead at the break.
Not that the game was in doubt, but SHS was able to put a bow on things late in the second quarter. The only 3 of the night, a deep shot from Sierra Brigham, put SHS up by 24 points. Brigham then led a fast break after a defensive stop that set up a transition hoop for Hailey Lemire. D-Y countered with a free throw, but Kiley Morrison beat the buzzer with a nice put-back to give SHS a 25-point advantage at the break.
Cobban, who did most of her damage on layups, led the team with 16 points, all in the first three quarters. McGittigan and Kramer each had 12 points. All but one of Sandwich’s baskets in the game came inside the 3-point arc. The team shot seven for 10 from the free throw line.
Sandwich downed Barnstable earlier in the week in an exciting 54-42 road win. McGittigan was the star of the day for the SHS girls, having one of the best games of her career. She finished with a double-double, scoring 17 points with 10 assists. She also pulled down six rebounds.