Teamwork Prevalent on Both Sides
By: Ross Laorenza
(Manchester, N.H.) – The Broncos of Alvirne bested the Manchester Memorial Crusaders 60-40 in Tuesday night’s Division I match up. Led by senior guard Sandi Purcell (#4), and a solid defensive game-plan, the Broncos were able to slow down a fast-paced Memorial team. Purcell led all players in scoring with 22 points on the evening, including some incredible dribble-drives that left Memorial defenders in the dust.
Vocal leadership was key in this victory. Coach Steve Tracy led his team up and down the court; directing defenders and managing a wonderful game. We spoke post-game and the coach said his team is "focusing on teamwork” this year. Teamwork ruled this game.
I was amazed at the overall effort by both teams, tonight. Sophmore Maennah Grisson (#24) put up a team-high 16 points, tied with teammate (#20) Danielle Fletcher. Grisson sank the game’s first basket and exhibited great inside presence on both sides of the ball. Memorial used Fletcher’s outside shot to try and stretch Alvirne out.
Defense for Alvirne was led by great play from (#33) Veronica Moceri, (#20) Tori LaRoche and (#5) Brittney Lambert. Moceri asserted herself down-low in the paint while her teammates kept their hands high cutting down passing lanes.
LaRoche took a foul to the back that I could hear in the stands, while she was scrambling for a loose ball. Lambert’s ability to shoot from long range provided a nice change up from the constant attacking pressure by Sandi Purcell.
I look forward to more Division I matchups like tonight’s. Fans for both teams were supportive of the efforts of their squads and the confidence could be seen shining on the smiles of the girls on the court. I noticed a 'Sportsmanship' banner hanging in the Memorial Gym as I was exiting after the game. It speaks to something I thought was long forgotten in team sports. This reporter is happy, for once, to be proven wrong.
From Manchester, New Hampshire; Ross Laorenza: New Hampshire Notebook.
Stars of the Game:
1.) Sandi Purcell, #4. Guard (Alvirne)
•Controlled the tempo of the game whenever she was on the floor. Led the game in scoring. Vocal leader on and off the court.
2.) Tori LaRoche, #20. Guard (Alvirne)
•Proof that sometimes what doesn’t show up in the box score makes a difference too. Amazing effort!
3.) Makennah Grisson, #24. Forward (Memorial)
•16 points from a Sophmore, against a tough Alvirne defense. Recognition: earned.