NHIAA Girls' Basketball: BG shows balance vs. MemorialBy MICHAEL ABELSON
Special to the Union Leader
February 17. 2017 12:28AM
NASHUA — The Bishop Guertin girls’ basketball team flexed some muscle Thursday night in a 73-54 victory over Manchester Memorial.
The Cardinals had 13 players reach the stat sheet in some fashion with 11 of them scoring points. The Guertin bench put up 57 points.
“We’re very fortunate to have the kind of depth we have up and down the lineup,” BG coach Brad Kreick said. “We have 14, 15 kids that can play. It can be challenging from time to time to manage minutes and expectations, but the kids have bought into finding their role, whether it’s playing six minutes a game or 26 minutes a game. It’s all about the team for these kids.”
Memorial’s zone defense confused BG early, but the Cardinals finished the first quarter on a 13-6 run to open a 22-14 lead at the break and never looked back. As BG (13-1) worked more and more of its bench into the game the tempo picked up, and the Cardinals forced turnovers that turned into baskets on the other end.
Junior Haleigh Shea had a game-high 20 points for the Crusaders (7-9). Syndey Robinson scored eight points and Melanie Presseau added seven.
Memorial coach Greg Cotreau said keeping the margin to fewer than 20 points was a “moral victory,” which will help the Crusaders in their final two regular-season games and playoffs.
“I think our girls fought really hard,” Cotreau said. “If we cleaned up our transition defense, it would have been a much better game.”
Freshman guard Erin Carney led BG’s offensive charge off the bench with a team-high 16 points. Senior guard Meghan Cramb had 13 points and five steals off the bench as well. Meghan Morelli had a dozen points and two steals as well.
“We’re able to distribute the ball really well and spread out our shooting and our scoring,” Cramb said. “I think when we do that, we really get into the flow of the offense, and we’re able to share the ball really well.”
The offense was aided by a defense that forced 30 Memorial turnovers, including 20 steals. The Cardinals also moved it well, piling up 15 assists. Senior forward Rachel Marion led the team with four helpers.
Morrelli and Cramb lead a group of nine seniors that lead by example for the Cardinals. Seven of the seniors scored against Memorial.
“Nothing really fazes them,” Kreick said. “They coach themselves. I’d say two-thirds of the time, they’re self-correcting on the floor without us having to say a word, and that’s a nice luxury to have as a coach.”