It was quite a 1st quarter tonight for the defending D-I champs Bishop Guertin girls basketball team. They started out the game with an 11-0 run, with four different players scoring. They held Pinkerton to just 3 points in the quarter.
And oh by the way, BG senior forward Meghan Green became just the third player in history of NH high school basketball to record 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career (the other two are Rebecca Arnone from Campbell and Londonderry's Stef Murphy). Green already reached the 1,000 point plateau last season as a junior, and late in the 1st quarter on Tuesday night she grabbed her 1,000th rebound.
"I knew that I only needed 4 or 5 coming into this game" explained Green, who will be playing her college ball at Division I Boston University. "I just always try to get as many rebounds as I can. Last season I had more games with 15-20 rebounds, but this season I had a couple games where I only had 6. So I knew I had to step it up."
As for the rest of this game, Pinkerton played BG pretty much even the rest of the way. From the 2nd quarter on, BG only outscored Pinkerton 44-39. But the bottom line is, you simply cannot go down 11-0 to a team as good as BG and hope to win, especially on the road. It was too big of a hole for the Astros to climb out of, and they suffered their first loss of the season by a final score of 57-42. Both BG and Pinkerton are now 13-1 on the season.
"We just off to a slow start, we were rushing our shots" said Pinkerton head coach John Barry. "But after that we played right with them."
Everything was going right for BG and wrong for Pinkerton in the 1st quarter. The Astros just could not get anything going offensively. They were turning the ball over, missing layups, missing free throws and air-balling 3-pointers. Meanwhile, BG was attacking the rim and hitting shots.
Junior point guard Jamie Sherburne hit a tough leaner to make it 2-0. Then senior wing Nicole Hayner hit a 3-pointer to make it 5-0. Soon after that sophomore guard Megan Kerutis made a strong drive to the bucket and finished inside to make it 7-0. Then Green and Kerutis both came up with offensive rebounds and put-backs and then it was 11-0 BG.
Pinkerton didn't score until there was 1:05 left in the opening quarter, when junior wing Corina Moore drilled a 3-pointer. Moore gave the Astros a nice lift off the bench in the 1st half, when she scored 8 of her 11 points.
With Moore heating up in the 2nd quarter, and Samantha Breslin (11 points) driving hard to the rim and Val Martin (12 points) scoring inside, Pinkerton was able to creep back into the game in the 2nd and 3rd quarter. They got within 6 of BG in the 2nd quarter, and they got within 5 in the 3rd quarter, at 25-20.
But that is when BG once again took over. Green dominated the rest of the 3rd quarter, scoring 9 of her 15 points. Green was unstoppable in the 2nd half, scoring and rebounding at will. She had 13 rebounds in addition to her 15 points.
"I knew I had a size advantage on them" said Green. "And at halftime we talked about getting it inside more."
Then Sherburne (10 points) hit a foul line jumper, followed by a great drive-and-dish to Paige Parkinson for a layup as Guertin started to pull away, now up 45-30 with 1:10 left in the 3rd quarter. BG was now on a 20-10 run (BG scored 22 points in the 3rd quarter).
Pinkerton was still clinging to life in the 4th quarter and was still playing hard to try and make a comeback. Haayner took those hopes away, as she scored 10 of her game-high 17 points in the final session. She hit a pair of big 3-pointers as well as a strong drive and finish inside.
The teams started to pull their starters out with BG up by double digits the whole 4th quarter. Kerutis (9 points) though kept on giving it 100% though, going all out on defense, chasing loose balls and driving hard to the basket. She's the kind of player who would run through walls to help her team, and would do it regardless of the score or how much time is left.
This game definitely had a Rivals flavor to it. As most people know by now, BG head coach Scott Hazelton is the director or the Rivals girls AAU teams. In 2012, Green, Hayner, Sherburne, Kerutis, Gigi Piercy and Parkinson (6 of their top 7 players) all played for the Rivals. Madison Gibbs has also participated in Rivals workouts. Then for Pinkerton, Brandi Bonneau, Kayla Stacy, Colleen Fortier also played for the Rivals and Breslin has in the past. So basically every kid out there tonight has played for Hazelton.
Lastly, there was a good crowd on hand for this game. BG had a lively student section, and seemingly the entire Bedford and Londonderry teams were in the house. Were they scouting or supporting their friends? Probably a little of both. One thing is for sure though, with the way BG is playing right now I would NOT pick against them come tournament time.