Whalers outhustle storm in opener

Photo by Nicole Harnishfeger

Cara Godlesky pulls down a rebound in the first half of the girls varsity basketball team’s season-opening 41-16 win over Sturgis East Monday at home.                       I&M Sports Photo Galleries

By Christy Bassett-Baker
Contributing Writer

(Dec. 13, 2012) Thanks to a stifling full-court press, strong rebounding and a deep bench, the girls varsity basketball team cruised to a 41-16 season-opening victory over Sturgis East Monday at home.

The Whalers (1-0, 1-0 Cape & Islands League) were led by 11 points and seven rebounds each from Clesha Phillips and Megan Cranston Yesterday, Nantucket was scheduled to face Monomoy Regional High School (a new team created by the merger of the Chatham and Harwich school systems) on the road, too late for this edition of Sports. On Friday, the Whalers will host Mashpee, before traveling to Sturgis West Monday.

In the season-opener, Sturgis East may have snagged the opening tip-off, but thanks to senior captain Kate Freed the Storm didn’t make it to their side of the mid­court line during the initial minutes. Freed quickly stole the ball before breaking toward the Whalers’ hoop. While she missed that layup, within the first three minutes she found the basket as she drove the ball to score the first points of the season. The Lady Whalers then went to the full­court press, which they utilized for the majority of the game.

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