BELLA GEORGE scored 29 points during Lynnfield’s 48-39 win over Georgetown on Jan. 25. (File Photo)

 

By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI

WEST NEWBURY — Lynnfield High girls’ basketball head coach Sue Breen knew her team faced an uphill battle as her squad took on perennial power Pentucket last Friday night in West Newbury. The host Sachems showed that they are still one of the elite teams in the Cape Ann League as they won 51-19 to sweep the season series.

The hosts took care of this one early as they shut out the Pioneers in the first quarter while they scored 13 points. At halftime, they comfortably led 26-8.

Pentucket then scored 17 points in the third as they led 43-14 after the third quarter.

Bella George led the Pioneers in scoring with 11 points while Taylor Valiton added four. Senior, Lucy Cleary, led the team in rebounds with seven. Valiton and Maggie Ozanian were right behind Cleary as both players pulled down six boards.

With the loss, the Pioneers record dipped to 4-8 overall and 1-8 in the CAL.

The Sachems, who improved to 9-3, were led in scoring by Gabby Bellacqua who had 14 points.

“They are very strong,” admitted Pioneers head coach Sue Breen. “We did not shoot well and didn’t get too many second chances.”

The news was much better on Jan. 25 as Lynnfield defeated guest Georgetown 48-39 to pick up their first league win.

The fourth quarter was the difference as the Pioneers outscored the Royals 16-7 as the game was tied at 32 after the third quarter. They scored the final 14 points of the game playing their best ball of the season.

“It was fantastic,” stated Breen. “The juniors went to town.”

George, a junior, had the best game of her career with 29 points. Ozanian, another 11th-grader, was second with seven. All of her seven points came in the fourth.

“Bella was really impressive,” stated Breen. “She also went 14 for 18 from the foul line.”

Cleary had a team-high 11 rebounds while Erika Pasquale, a freshman, had five steals to lead the squad.

The Royals were led by CeCelia Nielson who scored eight.

This Friday night at 6:30 p.m., the Pioneers visit North Reading. They then welcome Newburyport on Feb. 8 with that game starting at 5:30 p.m.

Lynnfield is looking to get a split of the season series against both schools.