Maggie Ahearn, a 6'2" forward from Marshfield, has given her verbal commitment to Providence College. This athletic, talented forward spent her first two high school seasons at Marshfield High where she was named Atlantic Coast League all-star both seasons. She was also named to the Patriot Ledger all-scholastic team.
Now a junior, Ahearn is enrolled at Tabor Academy. She plays her AAU basketball for RI Breakers coached by Jim Edgehill.
The Mass Mavericks 6th grade team (coached by Kevin Collins) captured the Springfield Basketbull title this past weekend beating CT Spirit 31-20 in the final. Corinne French (Norfolk) was named the tournament MVP. Mary Callahan (Franklin) was also a major contributor on the weekend.
The Mavericks 9th grade team earned its way to the title game with a nice semifinal win over Team BSB, but lost to the Springfield Lady Ballers, 57-38 in the championship. The Mavericks were led on the weekend by Riley Childs (Medway), Fiona Finn (Rivers) and Val Driscoll (Stoughton).
Amanda Cristiani - Fontbonne Academy, Bay State Jaguars, 2018
Chelsea Gibbons - Foxboro, Mass Premier Courts, 2019
Arienne Sauvignon Howard - Fontbonne Academy, Boston Showstoppers, 2018
Monica Spain - Archbishop Williams HS, Bay State Magic Elite, 2019
Alyssa Tenaglia - Braintree, Braintree HS, Bay State Magic Elite, 2018
Rachel Tutkus - Braintree, Braintree HS, Bay State Magic Elite, 2018
Mackenzie Moore - Braintree, Braintree HS, Bay State Magic Elite, 2018
Lauren Gelly - Hanover, Hanover HS, Bay State Magic Elite, 2018
Emma Squires - Tabor Academy, Bay State Magic Elite, 2018
Taylor Scott - Hanover, Hanover HS, Bay State Magic Elite, 2018
Hannah Peterson - Marshfield, Marshfield HS, Bay State Magic Elite, 2018
Bailey Colon - Carver, Phillips Andover, Bay State Magic Elite, 2018
Cassie Caldwell - Marshfield, Marshfield HS, Bay State Magic Elite, 2018
Taylor Frazzette - Needham, MA Huskies, 2019
Marianna Jantzen - Needham, New England Crusaders, 2019
Nataliya Amaral - Walpole, MT Elite, 2019
Annabelle Larnard - Scituate, Fontbonne Academy, Bay State Magic Elite, 2018
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Another chapter in the 9th grade Jaguars vs. Swish rivalry was added this weekend in Springfield at the Basketbull Hoop Hall tournament. Some of the players on the rosters have changed, but the spirited competition still remains.
After the MPC Swish went through pool play undefeated winning all games by double digits against the Bay State Jaguars (9th), New England Crusaders (10th) and Rising Stars (10th), the Bay State Jaguars exacted their revenge on Sunday with a 51-49 victory in the championship over the Swish.
After a back and forth first ten minutes, the Swish grabbed some breathing room towards the end of the first half thanks to some great interior offense from Tess Sussman (Rivers) and Anna Shaughnessy (Bishop Feehan). Shaughnessy scored all of her 12 points in the first half. Sussman had six first half assists.
Both teams were plagued with foul trouble throughout the game, and both teams fought through some injuries. It was a classic Jaguars-Swish battle, with many bodies hitting the floor and multiple momentum swings.
The Swish took a 28-22 edge into halftime, but the second half belonged to the Jags, spearheaded by sensational guard Asiah Dingle (Archbishop Williams). Dingle was a menace off the dribble, rebounded well for her position and was crafty defensively with her quick hands.
The Swish stayed stuck on 36 points for seemingly an eternity, meanwhile the Jags methodically added to their lead behind great rebounding and scoring in the paint.
Down 48-41 with under two minutes to go, Swish put one last great run together behind tenacious defense and timely shooting to tie the game at 49 after a Kaylin Reen (Norwood) 3-pointer.
Kendall Currence (Falmouth Academy) navigated through some tough defensive pressure from the Swish to get into the lane and draw a foul. She calmly sank both free throws to give the Jags the 51-49 edge.
The Swish had its chances on the ensuing possession after a Reen three-pointer rimmed out and a Sussman put back also rimmed out. For added drama, a Sussman half court heave at the buzzer bounced off the rim.
Notable Championship Performers:
Asiah Dingle (Archbishop Williams /Bay State Jaguars) – The Jags will go as far as this talented guard will take them. On the weekend, she displayed her flashiness on offense and her craftiness on defense. She went to the hoop at well, showcasing her ability to seamlessly switch directions on the bounce. Defensively, she is disruptive with her quick hands and her willingness to get on the floor for the loose ball. It was a big time opening weekend for Dingle. She finished with a game high 13 points.
Kendall Currence (Falmouth Academy / Bay State Jaguars) – After sitting most of the first half, Currence came out in the second half and provided that additional ball hander/scorer that the Jags needed. Her relentless pursuit to get to the rim and knock down outside shots put the Jags over the top. She finished with 10 points.
Ashley Ducharme (Noble & Greenough / Bay State Jaguars) – After a relatively quiet game by her lofty standards in pool play against the Swish, Ducharme dominated the glass on both ends in the championship. If she wasn’t gathering the boards for herself, she was keeping possessions alive for her teammates to come in and keep possessions alive. Her activity in the championship may have been the biggest difference from the day before.
Anna Shaughnessy (Bishop Feehan / MPC Swish) - Shaughnessy was well on her way to huge game before she was plagued with foul trouble towards the end of the first half that followed her into the second half. She moved around to open spots in the Jaguars zone, and had great touch en route to 12 first half points.
Tess Sussman (Rivers / MPC Swish) – Sussman torched the Jags zone in the first half with her patented fantastic interior passing, setting up her teammates for easy buckets. She was also very comfortable handling the ball and did a nice job on the boards. She finished with nine points and stuffed the stat sheet in other categories.
Nicole Gallagher (Bishop Feehan / MPC Swish) – The only player on the court that never stepped foot off of it, Gallagher was a pest defensively for 32 minutes and led the Swish in scoring (along with her classmate Shaughnessy) with 12 points. Gallagher shouldered the load on both ends guarding Jags top guards and handling some point guard duty with Jenna Roche (Braintree) not 100% healthy.
Kiera Fernandes (Worcester Academy / MPC Swish) – Fernandes played her role perfectly off the bench. She came into the game and provided a scoring punch (nine points), supplied some toughness and did a nice job on the glass. She saw extended minutes due to her effectiveness and tenacity. She has a history of stepping up in this series, and this weekend was no exception.
- The Jags victory halted a Swish five-game win streak (Spring ’14 / Spring ‘15) over the Jags dating back to last spring, which started at this very tournament. Prior to the Swish hot streak, the Jaguars won seven in a row (Spring ‘13/ Fall ’13) over the Swish. This series is fun and has its swings.
- Swish newcomers Jenna Roche (Braintree), Erika Ochenduszko (Rockland), Jenn Butka (North Quincy) and Megan Hill (Mansfield) got their first taste of the rivalry this weekend and were all contributors. Hill got in foul trouble, while Roche battled illness/injury.
- Eighth grader Toni Geisel (Thayer Academy) stepped up for the Jaguars and proved that the 9th grade stage is not too big for her. She contributed some timely baskets for the champs and had a few other shots that rimmed out. She has the proper demeanor for high level AAU.
Mass Premier Swish opened its 2015 spring season with two quality victories over New England Crusaders 10th Grade (54-30) and Bay State Jaguars (72-61).
In the first game of the day against the Crusaders, the Swish jumped on them early thanks to some great defense that led to quick offense. MPC used a balanced effort and dominated the glass to pull away from the feisty Crusaders in the second half.
Against rival Bay State Jaguars, MPC’s depth and size proved to be too much for the Jags, as the Swish pulled away thanks to great defense, rebounding and unselfishness. The Jaguars back court of Asiah Dingle (Archbishop Williams) and Kendall Currence (Falmouth Academy) had outstanding games in the loss.
Nicole Gallagher (Bishop Feehan) – As usual, this dynamite guard set the tone on the defensive end of the court, harassing the opposition’s best ball handler. The seemingly tireless Gallagher had enough energy to be one of the offensive catalysts as well. She finished at the rim, knocked down her trademark pull-ups and saw the floor very well.
Jenna Roche (Braintree) – As an outside observer, you wouldn’t be able to tell that this was Roche’s first day with the Swish. She played a steady point guard and picked her spots to attack, finishing the day with multiple “And-1’s.” With more games under her belt, the more comfortable and dangerous she will be. Great addition to the squad.
Tess Sussman (Rivers) – Ho hum, another great day for Sussman. She dominated the glass, ran the floor well, shot it well, finished in traffic, made some great passes. She was everything expected out of her on a game-to-game basis. She is a triple-double threat every game.
Anna Shaughnessy (Bishop Feehan) – It was like a homecoming for Shaughnessy, who picked up right where she left off in the fall – dominating the interior with great touch. She also showcased her much improved face up game with a three pointer and handled the rock effortlessly. Also got after loose balls and rebounds with a renewed energy.
Kiera Fernandes (Worcester Academy) – Fernandes, now playing where she is most natural on the perimeter, showcased that sweat shot during both games. She hit a back breaking 3-pointer against the Jaguars in the corner that didn’t even graze the rim. She is truly one of the best outside shooters around, and a bull going to the rack.
Erika Ochenduszko (Rockland) – Coming off a winter where she was a crucial piece to Rockland’s run, Ochenduszko’s confidence and comfort was evident. She had no problem taking the ball to the rack, finishing with both hands and hitting outside shots. She was instant offense against the Jagurs.
Kaylin Reen (Norwood) – Reen kicked off her season with one of her 30-foot bombs against the New England Crusaders upon checking into the game. She hit some timely three-pointers against the Jaguars to seal the victory and got an opportunistic put back bucket to put the final nail in the coffin, en route to 11 points off the bench.
Megan Hill (Mansfield) – We lost track of how many blocks Hill had against the Crusaders, as she immediately changed the game with her rim protecting and rebounding. She is much improved from the fall after a year of significant varsity action. She displayed her much improved offensive assertiveness and touch in both games.
Jenn Butka (North Quincy) – In her first action with the Swish, Butka provided some much-needed toughness on the interior and on transition defense. She drew a crucial charge while Jaguars were making a run that flipped the momentum back to the Swish. Once she gets more comfortable, she will be a strong contributor on both ends.
The Swish play Rising Stars on Sunday morning and then will likely have a rematch with Bay State Jaguars for the title.
Franklin native and Rivers junior guard Vanessa Edgehill has given her verbal commitment to Boston University. Edgehill is coming off a great season for Rivers. She named an ISL and NEPSAC all-star.
Before officially becoming a Terrier, Edgehill will showcase her talents on the AAU circuit for the Rhode Island Breakers before her senior year at Rivers.
Natick's dynamic wing player Justin Gaziano (2016) has given her verbal commitment to Brown University.
As a sophomore, Gaziano was named the Bay State Conference - Herget Division MVP after a dominant campaign.
As a junior, Gaziano was a unanimous Bay State Conference first team all-star despite missing half of the season with a severely sprained ankle.
This spring, Gaziano will play her AAU basketball for the Bay State Jaguars.
The Bay State Conference girls basketball all-stars were voted on in Norwood on Wednesday, March 3rd. Congratulations to all that were selected.
Ashley Russell, Braintree, Senior (CAREY - MVP)
Bridget Herlihy, Braintree, Senior
Brianna Herlihy, Braintree, Junior
Molly Reagan, Braintree, Senior
Keeleh Dixon, Braintree, Sophomore
Jenn Wadman, Dedham, Senior
Meg Corcoran, Milton, Senior
Justin Gaziano, Natick, Junior
Skylar Schmid, Natick, Sophomore
Maeve Sussman, Needham, Senior
Amanda Ortiz, Newton North, Senior
Meghan Reen, Norwood, Sophomore
Maura O'Neill, Norwood, Junior
Kelly Fogarty, Walpole, Sophomore
Summer King, Walpole, Senior (HERGET - MVP)
Dorian Cohen, Wellesley, Sophomore
Lexi Jones, Wellesley, Senior
Raven Brathwaite, Brookline, Senior
Emily Rich, Framingham, Senior
Kendall Stanley, Milton, Senior
Sydney Turner, Milton, Senior
Zoey Gifford, Natick, Junior
Kathleen Rizzo, Needham, Junior
Ednaija Lassiter, Newton North, Junior
Julia Copponi, Norwood, Senior
Olivia O'Brien, Walpole, Senior
Julie Moser, Walpole, Senior
Emily Cronin, Wellesley, Junior
Ali Reynolds, Weymouth, Junior
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