GAME RECAP: Sandwich at Marshfield (January 30, 2009)
Final Score: Marshfield 62, Sandwich 47
Wow. That pretty much summarizes the night for Marshfield’s sophomore sensation Nicole Beresford, who posted the kind of stat line LeBron James himself would be proud of (36 points, 16 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 assists, 1 block). Beresford was unstoppable out of the gate, racking 15 points in the first quarter alone, and she contributed steadily through the rest of the game, earning 9 of her 19 second-half points at the foul line.
Emerging star Erin Doherty, a freshman forward for the Rams, posted a double-double in her third straight home game (10 points, 12 rebounds, 4 blocks, 2 steals, 1 assist). Her success is made all the more impressive because she’s not yet a starter for the Rams, but she’s still managed to become the team’s third-leading scorer (behind Beresford and junior forward Kendra Kerr) and second-leading rebounder (just behind Beresford), despite playing only about two and a half quarters in most games.
Kendra Kerr also played strong for the Rams (9 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals), and the team’s senior captains and backcourt tandem of Lindsey Morrison (9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals) and Jenn Dowd (7 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals) funneled the offense to the Rams’ top scorers while playing their usual brand of stifling defense.
Other top contributors for the Rams included senior forward Carley Lenahan (5 points, 2 blocks, 2 rebounds) and senior guard Ashley Cox (2 points, 2 blocks, 1 assist, 1 rebound).
As expected, there was no quit in the Sandwich team all night long. Despite being down by 17 with 3:41 left in the first half, the Blue Knights took advantage of Beresford’s lengthy second quarter stint on the Marshfield bench (due to foul trouble) by clawing their way back to within 6 at the break.
In the second half, the Knights kept pressuring all the way into the final minutes of the game. They were within 9 with just over two minutes remaining, but a missed layup and putback that would have tightened the margin to 7 was the final turning point, as the Rams pulled away one last time, leading to the 62-47 final score.
Leading the way for Sandwich were seniors Amy Jordan (11 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block) and Melissa Morrissey (9 points, 5 rebounds, 1 block, 1 assist). Other top contributors included senior Sarah Sprague (6 points) and sophomores Kenny Antonowicz (5 points, 6 assists), Frani Davis (7 points), and Emily Kent (6 points).
The win pushed Marshfield one step closer to the ACL title, as they remain undefeated in league play (12-2 overall). The deciding game for the Rams will almost undoubtedly be their road game next Friday in Falmouth against a Clippers team with only 1 league loss (at the hands of the Rams). In the end, that game might simply differentiate whether Marshfield takes the title outright or has to share it with Falmouth, but it’s an important distinction for the Rams, who aren’t looking to share the crown with anyone else. Up first is a long road trip down to Nauset on Tuesday to take on the Warriors.
Dan Bargar and Kyle Dapkas called the game for MSB, and their commentary is featured in the highlight reel below. In addition MSB correspondent and Rams senior captain Lindsey Morrison filed a post-game field report for us with fellow captain Jenn Dowd and team star Nicole Beresford.