Wahconah girls basketball scores measuring-stick home win over Mount Everett
DALTON — On a night when Mount Everett's Gwendolyn Carpenter went into her school's record books, it was the Wahconah girls basketball team that got the final say in in a 52-36 win at home. The win is the Warriors' eighth straight.
Carpenter put her name in the Mount Everett record books by breaking Jen Bennett's point total of 1,788 (Carpenter now stands at 1,791), but it was the other point guard on the night — Maria Gamberoni — that led everyone in scoring.
Gamberoni put up 25 points, while her older sister Victoria put up 15 herself — all on 3-pointers — and drew the unenviable task of guarding Carpenter for most of the night. With both Gamberonis on point, the Warriors (8-1) were able to turn around a slow start to post the double-digit victory.
Wahconah coach Liz Kay pointed to Victoria Gamberoni's night as a big reason why her team won.
"Obviously [Victoria] did hit some big shots and kind of get her going, but she guarded Gwen all night, too," Kay said, "and really takes so much pride in what she does defensively. She's an intense competitor. While she does a lot of the dirty work for us, it was actually really great to see her succeed on the offensive end, as well."
Mount Everett (4-6) came out and scored the first four points of the game, and went up 8-2 on a post finish by Madison Ullrich. That, though, was the high-water mark for the Eagles.
Maria Gamberoni started a 7-0 run to end the quarter with a made free throw, then hit Victoria for a triple to make it 8-6. Another pair of freebies by Maria evened the score, then Noelle Furlong put Wahconah up for keeps with a free throw of her own.
In the second quarter, Wahconah scored the first nine points of the period to take complete control. At halftime, Wahconah led 26-14.
Mount Everett scored the first six of the third quarter on threes from Mackenzie Ullrich (14 points) and Carpenter (14 points), but a Maria Gamberoni layup quelled the drive. The Gamberonis had an answer for everything the Eagles threw at them in the quarter. First, after a three by Mackenzie Ullrich made it 30-23, the Gamberonis came back down the court and Maria hooked up Victoria for an answer triple. Then, after Carpenter converted an and-one opportunity to tie her school's scoring mark, Maria responded several plays later with a three-ball off a pass from Furlong.
Kay said that the win was a good measuring stick for her side.
"I feel great about it," Kay said. "I thought that was a great barometer for where we are. [Mount Everett is] a great team. Right now, that's what you're looking for — seeing where you are in comparison to everyone else.
"I thought our defense was tremendous tonight."
Carpenter eventually broke her team's record on a free throw in the fourth quarter. The bucket, though, only made the score 44-32. On the night, Wahconah's 1-3-1 zone — with Victoria Gamberoni up top — did well to stymie the dynamic point guard.
"They played great defense tonight, it was really hard for me to get inside, which is my way to create for other people," Carpenter said. "Mackenzie had a big game for us, hitting a lot of big shots. Unfortunately, we weren't getting a lot of calls down low, but we have to play better defense, and that's something we've been talking about."
Jilly Cote had nine rebounds for Wahconah in the win, while Maria Gamberoni added eight boards and three assists. Furlong had five assists in the win.
For Mount Everett, Carpenter had nine rebounds and four assists, and Madison Ullrich added seven boards.
MOUNT EVERETT (36)
VonRuden 1-0-2, Carpenter 4-4-14, Devoti 0-0-0, Mad. Ullrich 2-2-6, Mack. Ullrich 5-0-14, Atwood 0-0-0. Totals 12-6-36.
Morris 0-0-0, V. Gamberoni 5-0-15, Steinman 3-0-6, M. Gamberoni 7-8-25, Furlong 0-3-3, Marauszwski 1-0-2, Cote 0-1-1. Totals 16-12-52.
Everett 8 6 15 7 — 36
Wahconah 9 17 12 14 — 52
3-point goals — ME 6 (Mack. Ullrich 4, Carpenter 2), W 8 (V. Gamberoni 5, M. Gamberoni 3).
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