Marblehead girls stymied by Tewksbury

TEWKSBURY – Other than the first quarter, the Marblehead girls? basketball team played a fantastic game in its MIAA Division 2 North first-round game Monday night against Tewksbury. But the first quarter set the tone, as Tewksbury won, 47-35.The first eight minutes were a nightmare for Marblehead. Magicians sophomore Abby Settlemeyer opened the scoring with two points 59 seconds into the game. But Tewksbury exploded and went on a 17-0 run before Marblehead?s Ashley Stiles and Colby Shea got buckets just before the end of the first quarter, leaving Marblehead staring at a 17-6 deficit.
The second quarter was a complete reversal, with Marblehead running and pressing the heck out of Tewksbury, closing the score to 23-20 at the half. That run included Marblehead sinking the final eight points of the second quarter on baskets from captain Mia Bongiorno, Shea, Lindsay Walker and Settlemeyer.
Whatever momentum the Magicians gained late in the second quarter was lost at the intermission, leading into a rough third quarter. Tewksbury went on an 11-2 run, effectively ending the Magicians? season. Tewksbury earned a spot in the quarterfinals against Watertown, the No. 1 seed, on Thursday.
?Give Marblehead credit, a lot of credit,” Tewksbury coach Mark Bradley said. “We?ve seen them. We saw what they did to Revere, with an excellent, excellent press, forcing turnovers. We actually scrimmaged Marblehead and Revere earlier, so we knew what they were capable of.
?They have a lot of good players, and they didn?t quit when we got up big.”Shea led Marblehead with 12 points, followed by Settlemeyer (6), Lindsay Walker (5), Stiles and Shea (2).
?I am really, really proud of this group,” Marblehead coach Wayne Hanscom said. “We went down big early, hung in there, shook off the nerves and played hard until the end. This is a young team, and we?ll work on improving and move forward. I really enjoyed this group.”
?It was great to be with these girls all season,” said Marblehead senior captain Grace McGurrin. “We were happy to qualify for the tournament after missing out last season, I?m really honored to be a member of this team.”?Certainly getting into the tournament was one of our goals,” said senior captain Elina Fisher. “This team has a lot of very talented players, and they certainly have a bright future.”

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