The following was submitted by the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School:
The Mystic Valley 5th & 6th grade girls’ basketball team will be going for the “Threepeat” when they play in their league championship game Saturday, March 15th at Governor Drummer Academy in Byfield at 5:45. Their opponent will not be known until Wednesday night.
The girls made it to the finals with after a 33-18 win over Newburyport. The win was a very solid team effort as Newburyport did a very good job of taking Mystic Valley’s top scorer, Lauren Carlino, out of the game getting her into early foul trouble(3) in the first half and limiting her minutes. Adding to Mystic Valley’s troubles, guard Kate Story was hobbled by a sprained ankle and could only play in the first half.
The team really stepped up with point guard duties being covered by Deirdre Flanagan, Madison Sullivan and a great all- around game from Isabel Ospina. The Eagles’ defense was outstanding even with the foul trouble (Newburyport made 10 out of 23 foul shots to Mystic Valley’s 2 out of 4). The Eagles defense held Newburyport to only 4 points from the floor!
The Mystic Valley offense was spread out between 8 players: Camryn Ryan who had 7 points including her second straight game with a 3 point shot to rally her team; Heather DiGiovanni who scored 7 points despite being limited with foul trouble; Isabel Ospina (6) plus stellar ball handling when the team needed it; Ashley O’Rourke and Saige Brutus each had 4; Natalie LoRusso and Madison Sullivan had 2 each and Daniella D’Alleva had 1.
The Eagles defense and team speed gave Newburyport trouble all game long. Leading the way on defense was Daniella Weldon who fights for every ball on the court causing coach Brunelli to say “She gives such good solid minutes on both sides of the ball. Daniella plays her heart out every game and every practice, her work ethic is fantastic”. Coach Brunelli continued to praise her team “Mary Eileen d’Entremont was injured for this game but hopefully will be in top form for the championship game.
Emily Zibell was assigned to defend Newburyport’s best player and she did a great job. She was aggressive and really made the girl work hard. Jaden Granderson is so fast on the court, her defense has been great and she is becoming so much more confident in looking for her shot, more importantly she is taking shots. The player that was unstoppable for us was Camryn Ryan, her rebounding, offense and defense was remarkable, however her leadership on and off the court yesterday kept everyone together.
We have grown fundamentally and athletically since the start of the season, this team continues to impress me with their heart and desire. They are a great bunch of girls and enjoy being around each other. “