St. John's Girls Cadets Take Home Opener

Faye Parker wins the opening jump ball.
Faye Parker wins the opening jump ball.

Parker Leads St. John's in Win

December 14, 2013

At the Swampscott Middle School, the Girls Cadets took on St. John's of Winthrop in their home opener. Coming off two tough road losses, Swampscott got out to an early lead and cruised to an easy win. 

Faye Parker won the opening tap and just 5 seconds into the game, Katie Watts had an easy lay-up to take the lead. Watts then fed Maggie Barden and Mary Miles to make it 6-0. There was no let up for Swampscott as Mary Miles got the ball inside to Faye Parker which forced Winthrop to take a time out to try to settle things down. It was not to be. Swampscott picked up the defensive intensity and followed it with baskets from Faye Parker, Kayla Kornitsky, Katie Watts, Maggie Barden, and Sasha Balchenkoff. Winthrop had no idea what had hit them. With 7:09 left in the half, Swampscott had scored 18 straight points to start the game. The route continued, Kornitsky drained a jumper and then fed Olivia Matela for a 22 point run. Winthrop finally got on the board, but then Mary Miles took over. She took a steal the length of the court and then assisted on baskets to Katie Watts and Faye Parker. Two made free throws by Maggie Barden sent Swampscott into the half with a commanding 32-4 lead. 

Jillian Flanders kept the momentum going when she scored on an offensive putback to start the second half. Olivia Matela hit a long 3-pointer and the game was never in doubt. Faye Parker made sure of that with 10 points and 7 second half rebounds as St. John's of Swampscott took their home opener easily. 

In another dominant outing, Faye Parker led St. John's with 18 points, 14 rebounds, and 2 blocks including her 300th career point. Mary Miles had a solid all-around game with 6 steals, 5 assists, 5 rebounds and 4 points. St. John's takes on St. Adelaide of Peabody on Saturday at the Swampscott Middle School.

St. John's Boys Cadets Drop Home Opener

December 14, 2013

At the Swampscott Middle School, the Boys Cadets took on St. Rafael of Medford in their home opener. St. John's has not had an easy road to start as they have taken on the league's two best teams to start the season. St. John's hung around for a while but a 17 point run in the second half ended any hopes for an upset win. 

St. John's struck first on a pass from Chris Legere to Ben Turner to start the game. But St. Rafael countered with a 13 point run to take over. Jake McIntire hit a jumper to end the run but St. John's couldn't get anything going. Medford was controlling the offensive boards as they extended the lead to 19-4. But St. John's didn't give up. Max Pegnato hit a runner and Jake Goldman followed with a made free throw but St. Rafael always had an answer. A Max Solone jumper followed by back to back baskets by Ben Turner on passes from Cole Keough ended a 9-4 St. John's run to make it 23-13 with 38 seconds left. Medford acored a late basket to head into the half up 25-13. 

After matching free throws to start the second half, the bottom fell out on St. John's. St. Rafael went on a 17-0 run until a made Jack Leahy free throw ended the run with 8:13 left in the game. Seven late points(including a 3-pointer) by Max Pegnato were the only bright spots for St. John's as they fell hard to St. Rafael 57-28. 

Ben Turner had a strong game for St. John's with 9 points,5 rebounds, and 3 blocks in limited time due to foul trouble. Max Pegnato added 9 points and McKeon Midland grabbed 6 boards in the loss. Swampscott next takes on St. John's of Peabody at home in a rare Tuesday night match-up. 

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