Great Starts Propels Mansfield to Blowout Win

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Caroline Mahjer scored nine points, including six in the first quarter as Mansfield jumped all over Brockton with a 15-0 run to start the game. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

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MANSFIELD, Mass. – The Hornets came into its playoff opener against Big 3 champion Brockton at the James Albertini Gym on a roll. Mansfield had won its final seven games of the regular season, including last Monday’s title-deciding victory over Attleboro.

That momentum carried over to Sunday, as the Hornets stormed out of the locker room and promptly took control of the game with a 15-0 run from the opening tip. Mansfield never looked back and rolled to a comprehensive 72-38 victory and advanced to the quarterfinal of Div. 1 South.

“It’s great when things work how you want them to,” said Mansfield coach Mike Redding after the game. “Caroline knocked down some shots from the outside and that opened up things for Meg in the paint…and Jackie was good taking it off the dribble. A lot of things worked well tonight.”

According to Redding, the Hornets had prepared for Brockton to play a lot of man, but the Boxers started the game with a 2-3 zone. The Hornets took advantage.

Jackie Carchedi buried a corner three then fellow senior Caroline Maher hit one from the opposite corner. Maher hit a second three from a couple feet behind the line and Carchedi followed her own shot for a putback that made it 15-0.

When Brockton switched to man-to-man, Mansfield countered by getting the ball inside to sophomore Meg Hill. The 6-foot-2 center scored off an assist by Jen Peel (five assists) and then again off an assist by Maher after a drive to the basket. The Hornets led 21-7 after the first quarter.

“It’s just tournament and it brings out the best in teams,” said Hill who finished the night with 16 points, eight rebounds, and four blocks, “and I think we just kind of clicked. It just worked.”

Brockton coach April Dingwell explained, “We’re I think possibly the smallest team in the state this year…once they started hitting the shots we had to spread it out and opened it right back up for her inside.”

Mansfield uses a deep bench in most games and Redding admitted after the game that he may have started subbing a little too early as the rhythm that the Hornets had in the first disappeared in the second.

Brockton cut the lead to 23-10 in the second but Mansfield countered with an 8-0 run. Peel lobbed a pass into Hill for a finish then, after a pair of free throws by Carchedi (15 points, eight rebounds), Maher found the center after drawing the defense. Juliana Newell closed out the run with a jumper off a Jen Kemp assist.

Leading 32-15 at the half, Mansfield could have taken its foot off the gas in the third but Redding said the team talked about coming out strong after halftime to put the game away.

Again it was Hill who provided the spark, as the Hornets continued to find room for her in the paint. Newell, Carchedi, and Maher found Hill in the lane for close-range finishes.

“I’ve gained confidence from the people around me,” said Hill about her continued improvement on the offensive end. “They tell me that I can finish down there and i think that’s been a huge part because I used to be scared to go to the hoop.”

Peel picked out Carchedi on a back-cut for a layup and also scored on a drive to the basket. The junior point guard then pulled off a trademark fake pass and layup move that built the Mansfield lead to 46-18. Ann Maher followed it with a three and Carchedi with a drive to the basket, as Mansfield led 51-30 heading to the fourth.

Redding called the potential opponents  in the tournament (the sectional’s top three seeds – Newton South, Bishop Feehan, and Braintree) a “real murderer’s row” and in the fourth quarter he turned to his extended bench.

“It’s great to be able to take out the starters and rest them and keep everyone healthy,” he explained.

In the fourth quarter, several players took advantage of the extra playing time and extended the Mansfield lead. Lindsay Dalton scored all six of her points in the fourth, Anna Chiarolanza went 4-4 from the line and freshman Margaret Danehy scored five points in her first varsity minutes of the season.

“I think our girls fought hard the whole game, that’s just a tough team,” said Dingwell.

Mansfield (20-3) will advance to the quarterfinal and face No. 3 seed Newton South. Redding is comfortable with his team’s position and is hoping that the Hornets will have an edge as the Lions will not have played in more than a week.

Momentum was on Mansfield’s side on Sunday and the Hornets will hop it carries over to Thursday.

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Hornets Beat Attleboro and Clinch League Title

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Mansfield celebrated a victory over Attleboro that clinched the program’s second Hockomock League title. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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MANSFIELD, Mass. – Four years ago, Mansfield won only four games. Those freshmen are now seniors and on Monday night, they capped their final season in Mansfield colors by climbing a ladder, scissors in hand, to cut down the nets at the Albertini Gym.
“This is huge,” said senior Caroline Maher, moments before she got the chance to go up the ladder and celebrate with a piece of the net. “My freshman year we had four wins and now we have 18 or 19, I don’t even know, and we’re going to the state tournament. I’m so happy and so proud of us.”
The Hornets used a strong second half to exact a measure of revenge on Attleboro with a 56-43 victory in front a standing room only, raucous crowd to split the season series with the Bombardiers and clinched the Kelley-Rex division title. It is the program’s second Hockomock title and first since 2011.
Maher added, ““I remember watching the 2010-11 team winning it and I thought, oh I want to be up there on the ladder cutting that string.”
Mansfield coach Mike Redding said of his senior class, “They just keep getting better; a lot of camaraderie, young kids stepping in to help and just a lot of fun to be around. I’m really proud of what they did.”
Attleboro came into the game with its sights set on the program’s first Hockomock title and jumped out to an early lead, up 12-8 after the first quarter. Junior Sarah Deyo sparked the Bombardiers with seven of her team-high 15 in the first, including an early three and a couple of layups.
Juliana Newell (12 points) kept Mansfield in the game with four in the first and another six points in the second, most coming off her familiar mid-range jumper. Jen Peel stepped up in the second and scored half of her game-high 18 points in the quarter with drives into the middle of the Attleboro defense.
“She got in the lane the other time,” said Attleboro coach Rick Patch, “but this time she was looking to score. We made the adjustment to just keep her in front of us, but there were times that we lost her.”
A Jordyn Lako three had given Attleboro a 22-15 lead, but Peel scored five straight points to cut the lead to four. After a pair of free throws by Fatima McDonald, Peel got another layup and a pair from the line to bring Mansfield within two. After Sam Pierce (10 points) buried a three, Newell closed out the first half with a runner that kept the Hornets within three at 27-24.
In the third quarter, Meg Hill took over the game. The sophomore center scored all 11 of her points in the third and a big chunk of her game-high 15 rebounds and four blocks.
Redding said, “We kept kidding her the last couple weeks about going into ‘Beast Mode.’ You can be a nice kid off the court but you’ve got to step on and ante up and as a sophomore she did that in the third quarter. She changed the tone of the game.”
Hill started the half with a layup off an inbound pass by Peel (five assists) but Mish Logie followed with a corner three to extend the lead to four. Peel answered that with a transition basket plus the foul.
“For all the good things she does, we’ll live with a couple of turnovers,” said Redding of Peel. She can always seem to find a lane. As tight as things are, she always finds a way through.”
After a Pierce jumper, Hill scored four straight to give Mansfield the lead at 33-32, its first since the opening basket of the game. She continued to dominate the paint on a personal 8-0 run that put Mansfield up by five, a lead that the Hornets would carry into the fourth quarter.
“There were a couple calls, not blaming the ref, it was just reffed in a way that we haven’t seen all year so to make that adjustment – we just couldn’t,” Patch explained. “We had to focus on boxing out harder…it was making it much tougher for our kids.”
Deyo hit a three late in the third quarter and then added another one to start the fourth and bring Attleboro back within two. After a Newell layup and a pair of free throws from Jackie Carchedi, Emma Vlashi (six points) scored on a drive to the hoop and another shot in the paint and it was 45-43.
Coming into the game, Emily Houle needed four points to hit 1,000 for her career, but in the fourth quarter she had been held to only a pair of free throws. At several points in the game, Houle seemed more like a decoy as the offense flowed in different directions, but she finally got free on the baseline with a chance to tie the game.
The jumper was halfway down but spun out. Attleboro did not score another point in the game.
“It’s baffling,” said Patch about the struggle to get Houle the ball. “We’re coming out of timeouts calling certain plays and I don’t know if it’s the environment or whatever, we trained for it, we practiced for it.
Mansfield forced a steal from McDonald and Peel raced the length of the court to score plus the foul, putting the Hornets up by six. On the next trip, Carchedi took a deep three that was off line, but the senior was the first to react and rebounded her own miss to score a dagger basket.
“I don’t know who our MVP is but I think she may have my vote just because she does so much at both ends of the floor,” said Redding of Carchedi. “She really does everything for us. She doesn’t score a lot of points for us but that offensive rebound and score was huge.”
The Hornets knocked down free throws in the closing minutes to clinch the victory and with it the title. Maher got her wish and was able to stand atop the ladder and hold her piece of the net.
“We’ve played together for so long, longer than I can remember,” she said of the senior class. “The fourth grade ‘A’ team, but for a few kids that went to Feehan this is the team.”
Redding added, “Just a great game with a lot of players stepping up…There’s a 50-50 chance that we could play in the quarterfinal, so get ready for the rubber match.”
Mansfield will await the tournament pairings that will come out this weekend, while Attleboro will close out its regular season (and Emily Houle will continue her quest for 1,000) on Wednesday at Durfee.
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Monday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 02/22/16

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Basketball
Mansfield, 64 @ Attleboro, 52 – Final – Mansfield clinched a share of the Kelley-Rex title with the win. The Hornets have won four straight Kelley-Rex titles and sixth in the last seven years. Sam Goldberg had 12 points and seven rebounds, Christian Weber added 11 points and six assists and Max Boen had nine points and five assists. Mansfield head coach Mike Vaughan won his 200th career game. 

Canton, 48 @ Milford, 71 – Final – The Scarlet Hawks won their fifth game in the last six to clinch a playoff berth. Dimitry Torres led Milford with 23 points while Dwight Anderson added 16 points, Jack DeSantis chipped in with a career-high 10 points and Josh Andonian finished seven points. Canton freshman Devin Foster had a career-high 16 points and sophomore Tony Harris added 15 points.

Sharon, 73 @ Foxboro, 84 – Final (OT) – Jason Procaccini scored a game-high 24 points as the Warriors held on after a rally from the Eagles. Rob Lowey added 14 points while Alex DuBrow, Jonathan Carnino and Mark Clagg all chipped in with 10 points apiece. 

Franklin, 77 @ North Attleboro, 39 – Final – Freshman Jay Dieterle dropped in a team-high 19 points as the Panthers claimed their first league title since 2012. With the win, Franklin won a share of the Kelley-Rex title with Mansfield. Sophomore Connor Peterson had 12 points and senior Tim Prunier added 10 points.

Oliver Ames, 74 @ Stoughton, 55 – Final – Junior Carter Evin scored a career-high 28 points and pulled in 10 rebounds. Dylan Mahoney added 15 points, Nick Welch had 11 points and Tim Kelley added 10 points for OA. Jared Costa-Haywood led the Black Knights with 17 points, Cam Gomes had 12 points and sophomore Cam Andrews chipped in with 10 points. Senior captain Nick Quattrucci hauled in seven rebounds.

King Philip, 56 vs. Dartmouth, 60 – Final – King Philip rallied from a 13 point halftime deficit but the Indians were able to hold on. Seth Sullivan had a team-high 18 points while sophomore Justin Vine added 15 points.

Taunton, 59 @ New Bedford, 69 – Final
Girls Basketball
Milford, 62 @ Canton, 47 – Final

Foxboro, 57 @ Sharon, 49 – Final – Foxboro had four players reach double figures for scoring. Lily Sykes led the Warriors with 16 points while Ashley Sampson added 13 points, Grace Tamulionis had 12 points and Carolynn Will finished with 10 points. Sharon was led by Alyssa Piazza with 20 points and four steals, while Charlotte Ransom had seven points, all in the fourth quarter. Shira Stoller had seven assists and Emma Eberhardt had 11 points for the Eagles.

North Attleboro, 45 @ Franklin, 54 – Final
Attleboro, 43 @ Mansfield, 56 – Final – The Hornets clinched the Kelley-Rex division title with the win. It is the second in the program’s history. Jen Peel led the way with 18 points and five assists. Meg Hill added 11 points and 15 rebounds and Juliana Newell scored 12 for Mansfield. Attleboro was led by Sarah Deyo, who finished with 15 points. Sam Pierce added 10 for the Bombardiers.

Stoughton, 32 @ Oliver Ames, 63 – Final – Sophomore Kayla Raymond led the Tigers with a game-high 16 points while Kaitlyn McCarthy added 13 points and Niyera Mitchell had 12 points. 
Taunton, 48 vs. New Bedford, 17 – Final – Senior Kia Pate led Taunton with 11 points, sophomore Hannah Moniz added nine points, senior Alyssa Gibson finished with eight points and senior Jordan Wade chipped in with nine points and six rebounds.
Hockey
Attleboro, 4 vs. Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk, 1 – Final
Milford, 3 @ North Attleboro, 5 – Final

Hornets Celebrate Senior Night With Pair of Wins

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Mansfield senior Nick Baskin takes the ball to the basket against Weymouth. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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MANSFIELD, Mass. – The Mansfield boys’ and girls’ basketball teams both celebrated senior nights with victories on Monday night in the Albertini Gym and both advanced to the finals of the 2016 Round Ball Classic. The boys pulled away in the second half to roll past Weymouth 69-42, while the girls used a strong finish to get past Walpole 51-39.

Although Weymouth came into the game with just one win on the season, Mansfield could expect to be challenged, as the Wildcats are led by former Franklin coach Dean O’Connor and even just one year in have already taken on some of his trademark intensity.

“You can already see Dean’s effect in terms of his kids’ knowledge of where they need be and the challenges they presented on their defensive end,” said Mansfield coach Mike Vaughan. “There were a lot of possessions we didn’t look real comfortable.”

He added, “The biggest difference is that we have guys who can score they don’t.”

The Hornets mixed and matched the lineup with junior Sam Goldberg sidelined with injury and with Vaughan making sure that his seniors got plenty of time on the court. Kyle Swansburg scored five of his team-high 14 points in the opening quarter and junior Christian Weber scored six, all on drives to the basket.

“When he’s going to the hoop and Matt [Ehrlich] complements him going to the hoop and we can score inside out then I think it makes a big difference,” said Vaughan about Weber’s contributions.

Weymouth shocked the Hornets by hanging around through the first quarter. The Wildcats scored 15 points, led by Adrian Quinn’s five. The problem for Weymouth was trying to keep that output going over four quarters.

Mansfield scored another 16 points in the second with Phil Vigeant scoring five points including a put back on a missed free throw that extended the lead to 22-17. Matt Ehrlich added five in the quarter as well, three on a layup plus the foul and another bucket that pushed the Hornets lead to its largest of the first half, 11.

Weymouth scored the final four points of the half to stay within single digits at the break, but Mansfield broke the game wide open in the third. Leading 37-31, the Hornets went on a 13-2 run to close out the quarter and build a comfortable edge heading to the fourth.

Ehrlich (eight points) started the run with a layup and a free throw then Swansburg scored over Weymouth’s 6-foot-9 center Julian Mincey and hit a pair from the line. Evan Christo scored to make it 46-31 and Tyler Boulter scored on an offensive rebound. After a Weymouth hoop, Vigeant (seven points) scored again to close the quarter.

Vaughan said, “Overall I was happy with the ball movement and sharing the basketball and trying to work to get the best available shot as a team and not just necessarily an individual.”

If there was any thought that the Wildcats may be able to make it a game in the fourth quarter, Mansfield ended those fears early. Boulter buried a three-pointer, followed by another shot from deep by Max Boen and then Boulter took the ball strong to the rim. After Swansburg hit a pair of free throws to make it 61-41, Mansfield emptied its bench to give debuts to younger players.

Mansfield will face Cohasset in the Round Ball Classic final on Thursday and Vaughan said that the team still has plenty to work on as it looks ahead to the tournament.

“We just keep talking about continuing to get better, to be solid as a group, and just get better each day and each game,” said Vaughan. “We want to be playing our best starting next week and we’re playing really good basketball right now, so I like where we’re at.”

Mansfield 51, Walpole 39

The final score made it seem a comfortable win, but with just fewer than three minutes remaining in the game, Kelly Fogarty’s fifth three-pointer of the game had brought Walpole back within two at 41-39.

Momentum was with the visitors but the Hornets regrouped and closed the game with 10-0 run that started with Meg Hill being left open on an inbound play under the basket for her first points of the night. Then in transition Jen Peel added her sixth assist of the night to Juliana Newell (10 points) for an easy layup and the lead was quickly back to six points.

Hill had been quiet for most of the game but she pulled down a big defensive rebound and scored in the paint to build the lead to 47-39. Peel and Anna Chiarolanza each made two from the line to seal the victory.

“We showed a little character,” said Mansfield coach Mike Redding. “We kind of held off the charge, kind of took back control, had a few good possessions to get some separation to put the game away.”

Despite starting with an unusual lineup thanks to senior night, the Hornets jumped in front early. Mansfield outscored the Rebels 16-6 in the first quarter, led by Caroline Maher’s five points. The lead grew to 11 by halftime with Peel (six points) adding four in the second and Jackie Carchedi and Jen Kemp each knocking down jumpers.

But Walpole dominated the third quarter and came all the way back to tie the game. Newell scored four of her 10 in the quarter but Fogarty nailed two threes, Melanie Weber collected an offensive rebound and scored, Emma Flynn banked home a three and Courtney Brigham scored in the paint to even things up at 31-31.

“You know, up 11 at the half and we played a lot of people and then we just fell asleep at halftime and they definitely came to play,” said Redding. “They came in needing to win two out of three to get into the tournament and they definitely played like it in the second half and Fogarty heated up.”

Mansfield scored the final four of the third to get the lead back and in the fourth quarter turned to Maher to hold off the Walpole charge. The senior guard scored six in the fourth, including a banked floater on an offensive rebound and a layup on the break.

“She wants to make shots in the end,” said Redding of Maher. She’s played for four years, Jackie has played for three, Jen is in her third year, the guard position is loaded with experience and in close games you need people who are going to put it on the floor, get it to our bigs, get to the free throw line and make free throws.”

In the end, Mansfield had enough to get the win and stay within touching distance of one of the high seeds in the upcoming Div. 1 South tournament. The Hornets will face Dartmouth on Thursday in the Round Ball Classic before taking on Attleboro on Monday to decide the winner of the Kelley-Rex division.

Josh Perry can be contacted at JoshPerry@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.

Monday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 02/15/16

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Basketball
Attleboro, 45 @ Dartmouth, 58 – Final Berlyns Abraham led the Bombardiers with 12 points and five boards while Lucas Boucicaut added 11 points and Jake Dunkley chipped in with 10 points and five rebounds.
Foxboro, 53 vs. Marlborough, 54 – Final – Marlboro converted two free throws with 12.9 seconds to play to take the lead and the win. Senior Alex DuBrow finished with a team-high 18 points while classmate Jason Procaccini added 15 points for the Warriors. 
Franklin, 74 vs. Brighton, 83 – Final – Tim Prunier scored a team-high 22 points and was named to the Comcast/Arbella All Tournament team. Paul Mahon added 15 points, Connor Goldstein scored 13 points and Kevin Gill finished with 11 points.
Mansfield, 69 vs. Weymouth, 42 – Final – Mansfield was led by senior Kyle Swansburg, who scored 14 points. Tyler Boulter added 12 points and Matt Ehrlich had eight for the Hornets, who broke the game open with a 13-2 run to close out the third quarter. The Hornets, who had 13 players score on Monday, will face Cohasset in the Round Ball Classic final on Thursday.
Milford, 54 vs. Lexington, 40 – Final – A strong second half helped Milford turn a one point lead at halftime into a double-digit win. Dwight Anderson notched a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds while sophomore Kayden Kelley scored 10 points and hauled in 16 rebounds for a double-double as well. Zach Tamagni chipped in with 13 points. Milford advances to the finals of the 1st Annual Scarlet Hawks Classic to play Tantasqua at 7:00 on Tuesday.
North Attleboro, 62 @ Bishop Feehan, 60 – Final – With just over two minutes to play, Ridge Olsen drained a three as the shot clock expired to give the Rocketeers a 58-57 lead. With a minute to play, Mario Bresko got to the rim to go up 60-57. North Attleboro hit a pair of three throws down the stretch to close the game and hand Feehan its first loss of the season. Olsen finished with 17 points and Bresko had 15 points while junior Brent Doherty scored a team-high 19 points. 
Oliver Ames, 60 vs. Cardinal Spellman, 64 – Final – Junior Dylan Mahoney netted a team-high 15 points while classmate Carter Evin added 14 points and Nick Welch finished with 13 points.
Sharon, 62 vs. Belmont, 63 – Final
Taunton, 80 vs. New Bedford, 69 – Final
Girls Basketball
Canton, 53 vs. Norton, 37 – Final – Emma Murphy led the Bulldogs with a team-high 14 points, Meg Hunter added 11 points and Hannah Jerrier chipped in with 10 points.
Foxboro, 69 vs. Ursuline Academy, 36 – Final – Ashley Sampson led the way with 12 points and Shannon Smally chipped in with nine points for the Warriors. Foxboro will play Hanover on Tuesday night at 6:30 in the tournament finals.
Mansfield, 51 vs. Walpole, 39 – Final – The Hornets finished the game on a 10-0 run to pull out the win. Caroline Maher led Mansfield with 11 points, including six in the fourth. Juliana Newell added 10 for the Hornets while Jen Peel had six points and six assists. Mansfield will play Dartmouth in the final on Thursday.
North Attleboro, 40 vs. Bishop Feehan, 50 – Final – The Rocketeers led Feehan 20-18 at the half. Emily Peters was the top scorer for North with 10 points and Samantha Taggart added nine.
Sharon @ Fontbonne, 4:00
Taunton, 38 @ New Bedford, 28 – Final – Senior Alyssa Gibson led Taunton with 14 points, sophomore Hanna Moniz chipped in with eight points and senior Jordan Wade added six points for the Tigers.
Hockey
Foxboro, 3 vs. Norton, 1 – Final

King Philip, 1 vs. Bishop Feehan, 3 – Final

Mansfield, 3 vs. Lincoln-Sudbury, 3 – Final – Mansfield lost in a shootout for the tournament’s purpose but the game finishes as a tie in the MIAA standings. 
Milford, 0 vs. Hopkinton, 8 – Final

Oliver Ames, 0 vs. North Reading, 7 – Final
Girls Hockey
Canton, 2 @ Franklin, 0 – Final
King Philip, 6 @ Quincy/North Quincy, 1 – Final

Attleboro Shuts Down Hornets, Tied for League Lead

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Attleboro sophomore Sam Pierce scored a game-high 14 points, eight in the second half, to help the Bombardiers tie Mansfield atop the Kelley-Rex standings. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

ATTLEBORO, Mass. – With 4:27 left in the fourth quarter, Jen Peel hit a pull-up jumper from just inside the free throw line to pull Mansfield within one of Attleboro in Friday night’s meeting of the top two teams in the Kelley-Rex.

The Hornets had held the Bombardiers to just two made free throws in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 39-38, but that would be as close as Mansfield could get. Coming out of a timeout, Attleboro scored the final nine points of the game to pull out a 48-38 victory and tied Mansfield atop the league standings.

“Honestly, this means everything to us,” said Attleboro senior guard Emily Houle, who passed the 900-point mark for her career on Friday. “From the start of the season, we’ve been faced with a lot of adversity, so to come this far…we’ve battled.”

“We kept saying we deserve this because when you go through that much it just feels really, really good to get this.”

After Peel’s basket, the last of her team-high 11 points, sophomore forward Sam Pierce answered with a jumper and then on the next possession Sarah Deyo (13 points, 11 rebounds) battled for an offensive rebound and fed Pierce for another jumper in the paint. Pierce finished with a game-high 14 points and added 11 rebounds.

“In just one year, she’s improved tremendously,” said Attleboro coach Rick Patch of Pierce. “She can play mid-range, she can play under the basket, she can play on the perimeter, and she’s the one I told that how she plays will determine if we win.”

Leading by five, Attleboro had another chance to extend the lead but Meg Hill got out quickly and blocked a three attempt by Deyo (Hill finished with eight blocks on the night), but the ball bounced right back to the Attleboro junior who drilled her second chance at a dagger three from the corner to make it 46-38.

“We’d play great ‘D’ and then kick out for an open three and that was a killer,” said Mansfield coach Mike Redding. “They worked hard on the boards and we didn’t get a lot of second chances on our end.”

The game was close throughout. The final margin of eight turned out to be the largest lead for either team.

Mansfield jumped out to an early lead behind Hill (nine points, 11 rebounds). The sophomore scored on a layup and then a free throw line jumper to help the Hornets to a 6-2 lead. Senior Juliana Newell also scored four in the quarter and the visitors led 10-7 after one.

After combining for just five points in the opening quarter, Attleboro’s big three of Deyo, Houle and Pierce scored 13 of the Bombardiers 15 in the second to give the home team the lead, helped by Hill picking up a second foul seconds into the quarter. Emma Vlashi picked up an offensive rebound and scored at the buzzer for a 22-18 lead at the half.

Mansfield got five points from Peel in the second, but the junior point guard was under constant pressure from several Attleboro players, including freshman Jordyn Lako, junior Mishelle Logie, and (for a brief cameo) sophomore Grace Mayer.

“We just threw Lako out there and told her to go crazy, like she does in practice,” said Patch. “You’re going to make some playas and we’ll make some for you if you mess up. Jen Peel is phenomenal…and I think Jordyn was able to wear her down a little bit.”

The Hornets got off to a strong start to the third quarter. After a Pierce basket began the half, Caroline Maher scored on a putback layup and then on another layup when she picked off a cross-court pass. Jackie Carchedi (eight points) buried her second three of the night to put Mansfield ahead and after a putback by Hill the game was tied 27-27.

Attleboro managed to come away from the third with the lead in part because of big shots by some of the unheralded players. Lako knocked down a three, Vlashi was left open and knocked down a 10-footer and then Logie buried a deep three. The Bombardiers went into the fourth up 37-32.

“It definitely take some pressure off me, Sarah, and Sam,” said Houle about her teammates coming through with big shots. “Coming into game I feel more confident because I know we have girls that can take the shot and make it.”

Redding explained, “We said, okay we need to stop the big three. We did okay with that but Logie and Vlashi hit some big shots. We were willing to give it to them and they hit them and that was a big difference in the game.”

Again the Hornets made a run to come back and cut the lead to a single point, but the Attleboro defense clamped down to shut out Mansfield for the final four minutes.

Houle said, “We just worked hard. We were diving on the ground for balls and I think that was really what gave us the energy to keep going.”

It was the Hornets first loss of the season in the league and afterwards everyone was already looking forward to the rematch in the Albertini Gym on Feb. 22.

“We’ve just got to keep winning and give ourselves a chance when we get them at home to play better offensively,” said Redding. 

“I think when we play again there will be something on the line for both teams and it will be a great game, but you can’t have a letdown until then.”

Attleboro (14-1, 10-1) will face another league leader in its next game on Monday when it hosts Oliver Ames. Mansfield (12-3, 10-1) will host Milford on Monday night.

Josh Perry can be contacted at JoshPerry@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.

Hornets Hold Off Warrior Comeback to Secure Victory

By Josh Schafer, HockomockSports.com Student Reporter

MANSFIELD, Mass.-  With just under a minute and a half remaining in the game and Foxboro looking to complete its comeback, the Hornets managed to hold the ball for the entire 30 second shot clock and still come away with a layup.

The play began with Mansfield once again finding a way to break Foxboro’s press defense through efficient ball movement. As the shot clock dwindled down, Juliana Newell found Meg Hill in the post to beat the buzzer and give the Hornets a four-point lead with under a minute to play.

Hornet senior Jackie Carchedi sealed the deal for Mansfield sinking three of her last four free throw attempts in the closing minutes as the Hornets edged Foxboro for the 49-45 victory.

Mansfield coach Mike Redding complimented his team’s’ ability to make plays in the closing minutes of the game.  “Jackie made some big free throws and we made plays when we had to,” Redding said.

Foxboro started the game with consecutive three point shots, first from Ashley Sampson then from Cassidy Harrison as the Warriors took an early four-point lead. Newell (10 points, 12 rebounds) had a huge first quarter for the Hornets as she contributed six of Mansfield’s eight points.

Each team found different ways to counter the opposition’s defensive scheme. For the Hornets the focus was on breaking the press and finding easy layups. For the Warriors the method was sharp shooting from behind the arc in order to exploit the holes in Mansfield’s zone defense.

“We thought one of the big things they do is press and I thought we did a good job breaking their press. The problem was we gave them too many open threes,” Redding said.

The second quarter started similar to the first as Harrison (game-high 19 points)  sank a three-pointer to give the Warriors the lead. Following the three, Mansfield tightened up on defense allowing only four more points in the quarter.

A large part of the Hornets success came from their dominance in the paint. Hill (14 rebounds) and Newell (12 rebounds)  continuously battled for loose balls and found ways to get the ball moving in transition. Defense led to offense for the Hornets as they finished the quarter on a 8-0 run which gave them a five-point advantage heading into halftime.

The Hornets came out strong in the third, extending their lead to as much as 13 midway through the quarter. But the Warriors refused to back down. In the final minutes of the quarter, Foxboro constructed an 8-0 run of its own. Sampson scored five points in less than a minute to bring the Warriors back within striking distance.

“It looked like we had them on the ropes a couple times but they battled and played hard,” said Redding. “They are the type of team that can come back in a hurry.”

Foxboro’s resiliency was on display once again in the fourth quarter as the Warriors battled back from a 10-point deficit to bring the game within a basket in the final minutes.

In the end Mansfield was able to hang on to the lead in large part because of outstanding play from junior guard Jen Peel who consistently found ways to break the press and finish at the rim. Peel led the Hornets with 14 points on the night.

Redding said of Peel’s second half performance, “She made nice passes weaving through the press and finding the open person. She has great eyesight, great vision. She’s the player we want breaking the press.”

With the win, Mansfield (9-2, 7-0) remains unbeaten in league competition. The Hornets look to keep their winning streak alive as they host King Philip (3-7) on Friday night. Foxboro (7-2) looks to carry their solid play into Friday nights home matchup against Canton (2-7).

Tuesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 01/19/16

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Basketball
Attleboro, 57 @ Sharon, 73 – Final – Attleboro cut a 10-point Sharon lead at halftime down to two in the third quarter but the Eagles were able to pull away. Sharon hit 12 three pointers between three players – senior Matt Lowerre hit five, sophomore Jimmy Fitzhenry hit four and senior Tyler Smith had three. Fitzhenry finished with a game-high 20 points and Lowerre had 17 points. Attleboro junior Jake Dunkley had 19 points and nine rebounds and sophomore Nate Douglas chipped in with 11 points and five rebounds. 

King Philip, 66 @ Canton, 53 – Final – King Philip stormed out to a 20-8 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back. Senior Ben Smith his six three pointers for a game-high 18 points, freshman Kyle Layman had 15 points and eight rebounds, junior Noah Goodwin had 13 points and junior Pharoah Davis had 12 points. Canton senior Griffin Jerrier scored a team-high 13 points for the Bulldogs. 

Mansfield, 51 @ Foxboro, 69 – Final – Foxboro used an 11-0 run in the middle of the second quarter to create separation while its defense prevent Mansfield from gathering any momentum offensively. Foxboro senior Alex DuBrow scored a game-high 22 points and had eight rebounds, senior Rob Lowey had 16 points and eight rebounds and senior Jason Procaccini added 14 points and five rebounds. Mansfield junior Sam Goldberg had 10 points to lead the Hornets. 

Franklin, 83 @ Stoughton, 63 – Final – The Panthers held a six point lead at halftime (41-35) as the two teams combined for over 75 points in the first half. Franklin had a 23 point third quarter and added 19 more points in the final quarter. Sophomore Connor Peterson had a game-high 16 points while senior Tim Prunier and freshman Jay Dieterle each added 15 points for Franklin. Stoughton senior Brandon Teixeira had a team-high 14 points for the Black Knights. 

Taunton, 62 @ Milford, 50 – Final – Milford held a four point lead at halftime and at the end of the third quarter but Taunton won the fourth quarter 29-13 to get the win. Taunton junior Tommy MacLean scored 20 points in the win for the Tigers. Milford sophomore Kayden Kelley had 14 points and 15 rebounds, Dimitry Torres added 11 points and Dwight Anderson had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Scarlet Hawks. 

North Attleboro, 74 @ Oliver Ames, 70 – Final – Brent Doherty scored a career-high 28 points to lead the Rocketeers. North Attleboro held a 20 point lead at halftime (44-24) but Oliver Ames stormed back with 25 points in the third quarter and 13 more in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime tied 62-62-. Doherty connected on seven three pointers and went 3/4 from the free throw line in overtime. Sophomore Mario Bresko finished with seven points, including a key three pointer in overtime. Junior Jonny Friberg scored a career-high 18 points and had 10 rebounds for North. Oliver Ames’ Carter Evin scored 21 of his career-high 26 points in the second half to help OA get back into it. Tim Kelley added 23 points and senior Shawn Cardoza had nine points for the Tigers. 
Girls Basketball
Canton, 38 @ King Philip, 56 – FinalThe Warriors turned the game around with a 22-4 second quarter. Shannon O’Connor was the top scorer for KP with 10. Sam Madden and Julia Lerouix each scored nine for the Warriors. Canton was led by Emma Murphy with nine points.
Foxboro, 45 @ Mansfield, 49 – Final – Jen Peel was Mansfield’s top scorer with 14 points. Juliana Newell added 10 points and pulled in 12 rebounds and Meg Hill grabbed 14 boards. Cassidy Harrison had a game-high 19 points to lead the Warriors.
Stoughton, 35 @ Franklin, 55 – FinalOlivia Adiletto was the top scorer for Franklin with 13 points. Lauren Rudolph added 11 for the Panthers, who had 10 players on the score sheet. Stoughton was led by Alecia Quinones with 11 points.
Milford, 40 @ Taunton, 44 – FinalThe Tigers rallied in the fourth quarter, outscoring Milford 14-7, to pick up their first win of the season. Alyssa Gibson led the way for Taunton with 13 points and nine rebounds. Jordan Wade added nine and Kia Pate had 10 rebounds. Milford was led by Katie Irwin with 12 points and Nicole Dahlgren added 10.
Oliver Ames, 49 @ North Attleboro, 52 – FinalThe Rocketeers were led by forwards Caroline Collard and Emily Peters who combined for 24 points. Julia Feid added 13 for North. The Tigers were led by Kayla Raymond with 15 points.
Sharon, 35 @ Attleboro, 75 – Final – Emily Houle scored 33 points and added seven steals to pace the Bombardiers to a big win. Sarah Deyo chipped in with 19 points and 10 rebounds and Sam Pierce added another 10 points. Emma Eberhardt was Sharon’s top scorer with 14 and Veronica Wallace added 11.
Swimming
Canton boys, 77 @ Sharon boys, 93 – Final
Canton girls, 92 @ Sharon girls, 76 – Final

Seniors Come Through as Mansfield Rallies Past Franklin

Jackie Carchedi
Jackie Carchedi (24) scored eight of her nine points in the fourth quarter to help the Hornets escape with a win and stay unbeaten in the league. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

FRANKLIN, Mass. – With the game slipping away in the second half, turnovers piling up, and shots clanging off the rim, Mansfield looked like it was on the brink of picking up its first league loss of the season. Then the Hornets found a second wind, and their shooting touch, to pull out the win.

Seniors Jackie Carchedi, Caroline Maher and Jen Kemp knocked down three straight shots from beyond the arc to turn a three-point deficit into a three-point lead. After four free throws were matched by a pair of Franklin layups, the Panthers had one more chance to send the game to overtime but Carli Koffinke’s shot went halfway down and rimmed out.

Mansfield battled back in the fourth quarter for a 51-48 road victory over its rival that keeps the Hornets one game in front of Attleboro at the top of the Kelley-Rex division standings.

“We played inexperienced in the third quarter and that’s surprising for a veteran group,” said Mansfield coach Mike Redding. “We kind of just hung around enough and then we bang in three threes and suddenly we have the lead and didn’t feel like we should be up.”

“These are two very good rivals and this is how it always is; neither side is going to give an inch.”

The Hornets led 24-16 at halftime thanks to a big second quarter from sophomore center Meg Hill, who scored eight of her game-high 17 in the frame. Hill also added four blocks and finished with a game-high 11 rebounds. The Mansfield defense was also smothering Franklin. The Panthers did not hit double digits until there was 1:40 left in the half.

While the half was a struggle, Franklin did find a little momentum before the break. Kristen Donaghy and Margaux Welsh each knocked down threes and sophomore Grace Sameski scored on an offensive rebound to cut the lead to eight.

That energy certainly carried over to the second half. The Panthers stormed out of the locker room and took over the game, scoring the first 15 points of the third quarter and completing an 18-2 run that gave Franklin its biggest lead at 34-26.

“They got a little momentum and they cant miss,” said Redding. “We can’t make a shot and I’m trying to save a couple of timeouts for the fourth quarter. I probably could’ve used five of them in the third quarter.”

Franklin coach John Leighton laughed when asked if he had given a dramatic halftime speech to elicit that type of run. He said, “We tried to change up what we were doing defensively cause Meg Hill is a great player.”

Leighton explained, “We tried to limit the touches for the wings cause they’re such a good outside shooting team and, give her credit, Meg took advantage. In the second half, we tried to pack it in.”

Mansfield went zone to combat Franklin’s success off the dribble, but the Panthers were able to use Aubrie Kutil (eight points, nine rebounds) in the high post to draw the wing defenders into the middle and open space for the shooters. Lauren Rudolph (11 points) suddenly had space and hit a trio of threes, including one of a step-back that had the Panthers bench on its feet.

“Lauren is just such a good scorer,” said Leighton. “In the first half she didn’t get a lot of looks but in the third quarter it opened up a little for her.”

He also praised Kutil for finding space, taking Hill off the dribble, and also being able to find the right pass to pick apart the zone, including a kick out to Caroline Maguire for three of her seven points (which all came in the third). He joked, “[Aubrie’s] my center-point guard.”

“If you let Meg [Hill] stand then you’ll never get inside, so we hoped to make her move a little bit and we did, got her into a little foul trouble and it opened up some things.”

Mansfield helped out by turning the ball over in the third quarter. Redding admitted that the Hornets were “rattled” in the second half but Juliana Newell hit a jumper and Maher (six points) finally found the range on a three that cut the Franklin lead to 36-31 heading into the fourth.

Hill scored to start the quarter and cut the lead to three but junior Catherine Gray got inside and answered with a three-point play on the other end. With Franklin leading 41-35, Carchedi (nine points) hit a three only to have Welsh (six points) answer right back.

A minute later, Carchedi knocked down another big three then Jen Peel (10 points, eight assists) threw a perfect cross-court pass to Maher who was open in the corner and tied the game at 44-44.

“I don’t know when it happened but the switch came on and Jackie and Caroline came alive and got us back into it,” said Redding. “I give Caroline credit. She was in a little slump but she came through with some big ones down the stretch to get us the win.”

Carchedi was forced to the bench after a hard collision on defense (she also went flying into the stands to save a loose ball in the first half, knocking over the water jug and scattering fans behind the Franklin bench). In her place,  Kemp stepped up and made her only shot from the floor to give Mansfield the 47-44 lead.

“I was surprised that Jen took the shot, she usually defers,” said Redding. “It was a gutsy shot. We had some momentum there and we were in position to rebound.”

Peel and Carchedi each hit a pair of free throws and Olivia Adiletto answered each time with layups on the other end to keep the lead at three. After a missed front end of a one-and-one, Franklin had one last chance with 12 seconds left. The Panthers swung the ball around to Koffinke in the corner and her shot looked pure but somehow bounced out allowing Mansfield to breathe a sigh of relief.

Leighton said, “I thought we had a good play and got a good look. I was happy; we always talk about end of the game three-pointers, take the shot and she took it and it was halfway down.”

Redding could only shake his head at another grueling night in the Hockomock. No complaints for the Mansfield coach, as his team remains in first.

“To win at OA and at Franklin in the same week…that’s a good week,” he said. We looked at the schedule and said those are two very dangerous road games, so to get the wins and go back home for two games next week, we’ll take it.”

Mansfield (9-2, 7-0) will be home on Tuesday to host Foxboro. Franklin (4-4, 3-4) will host Stoughton.

Josh Perry can be contacted at JoshPerry@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.

Carchedi Propels Mansfield to Road Win Over North

By Lance Reynolds, HockomockSports.com Contributor
NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. – When the Mansfield high girls’ basketball team traveled to take on North Attleboro Monday night in a battle of league unbeatens, both teams knew that the contest was going to be a defensive battle. Though, the two top teams in the Kelley-Rex might not have anticipated how much of a challenge it was going to be to register a basket.
The Hornets, highlighted by a strong performance from senior captain Jackie Carchedi, made enough plays to walk away with a 39-31 victory over the Rocketeers. The win places Mansfield alone atop of the Kelley-Rex.
The Hornets held a 13 point advantage, 29-16, entering the final eight minutes of play and the lead, at the time, seemed like a comfortable one. However, the Rocketeers rattled off seven consecutive points on baskets from Sam Taggart and Ashley Ahern to cut the deficit to six at the 4:25 mark. Mansfield then responded as Caroline Maher, who hadn’t hit a shot from the field, drilled a three point shot from top of the key to push the Hornet lead back to nine and erase North’s hopes of pulling off a comeback.
“I think if we missed that and they come down to make another three, it’s going to get very interesting if they got to five,” Mansfield head coach Mike Redding said of Maher’s three pointer. “You could just see that at some point that they’re going to make shots.”
“I thought we get a stop there and it’s a whole momentum changer,” North Attleboro head coach Derek Herber said. “That’s why they’re a good team, they answered the bell – to make it 12 or 11, it was a big shot by her, and we didn’t get a good look coming back down. I liked our effort better in the second half both offensively and defensively.”
Meg Hill started the game’s scoring on a two pointer inside the first minute of play, and gave the Hornets a lead that they never saw taken away from them. The closest the Rocketeers would get to Mansfield was on their first basket from Emily Peters to make the score 3-2. Hill and Carchedi were the main fixtures on the offensive side of the ball for the Hornets, combining to score 25 of the team’s 39 points. Carchedi was the game’s high scorer with 19 while Hill contributed with six to go along with seven rebounds. Juliana Newell had a team high eight rebounds.
“(Carchedi) was a little sick yesterday and we were worried about her, and Meg (Hill) didn’t practice as she had the stomach flu. Thank god they both showed up,” Redding said. “I thought Meg had a great first half and got a little fatigued in the second half. Jackie just hung in there and gave us a great effort at both ends of the floor. It’s a good win on the road – they’re tough, they have big kids inside, their guards are aggressive. It’s an ugly win but it’s a good win on the road to get to 4-0 in the league. We just have to find our rhythm on offense, once we get back up into the 50’s, I think we will be okay.”
Scoring a mere five points in all of the first half, North aspired to come out of the halftime break strong, and start putting the ball through the hoop. Just two minutes into the third quarter, the Rocketeers tallied the same amount of the baskets they had in the first 16 minutes on two jumpers from Peters. There seemed to be some momentum building for North until Maher stole the ball away and found an open Carchedi for a layup putting the margin back to 13. Ahern and Kiersten Bixby answered with baskets to see the Rocketeers get within eight at 22-14, however, Mansfield ended the quarter on a 7-2 run as Carchedi nailed a three pointer and Jen Kemp sunk two free-throws.
“We played good defense, we handled the ball pretty well but we just have to start finishing and executing,” Redding said.
When asked about the offensive stranglehold, Herber responded, “The two teams know each other, and they understand the stakes so I don’t know if it’s timid-ness or mutual admiration that they’re trying to get. Both teams play good defense no matter what, and it’s a premium for good shots. When you think you can take a shot, you go from there.”
Mansfield (5-1) travels to Bishop Feehan on Wednesday night for a rematch of last year’s Division 1 South Semifinal while North (3-2) looks to get back into the win column on Friday night when they host Attleboro.