Thursday, February 9, 2012

Londonderry Girls Cruise to Win Over Memorial

On paper this looked like a pretty even match up that could go either way. Fortunately for Londonderry, the games are played on the court and not on paper. And the court is where the Lancers went on a 13-0 run in the 1st quarter. That gave them a 17-4 lead, and after 1 they were up 22-8. From there they just kept on building the lead, and after a 3-pointer by Katherine Dzenis they had their largest lead of the game at 42-23 and the rout was on. From there Coach Fagula's squad cruised to a 54-38 win to improve to 12-2 on the season.

Their 13-0 run in the 1st quarter really was the difference. All 5 starters for the Lancers contributed in a big way. The first 7 points of the run happened VERY fast, as sophomore guard Aliza Simpson hit a nice floater, Lindsey Bolduc (committed to SNHU for softball) drilled a three and freshman forward Casey Evans-Driscoll finished a layup off a nice pass by Dzenis, while sophomore guard Jamie King scored 9 of her 13 points for the game in the 1st quarter.

For the game Simpson had 10 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. Evans-Driscoll meanwhile had a game-high 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2 blocks.

Londonderry shut down Amra Elezovic, who is not only Memorial's best player but one of the best players in the state. Elezovic was double teamed all game and was held to just 4 points on the night. She picked up her 3rd foul with 4:33 left in the 3rd quarter and sat the rest of the game. One bright spot for the Crusaders was the play of freshman guard Peace Kabari, who had 10 points, 10 rebounds and 4 steals.

"That was a quality win for us" said Londonderry's legendary head coach John Fagula. "The 1st quarter was pleasing defensively and offensively. In the 2nd half we could have slowed things down more though and taken some better shots."

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