Friday, April 7, 2000
Carlisle girls basketball team closes intense season
The Carlisle girls basketball team had a great season this year! The girls on the team worked diligently throughout the season to improve both their shooting and their defensive skills. In league play, the team finished with a record of four wins and four losses. The season also included playing four non-league games against Bedford and Concord. Although Carlisle lost these games, both teams were surprised by the improved play of the Carlisle team when playing the second round of scrimmages. Throughout the season, Carlisle played each game intensely. The first win of the season was against Shirley. The Carlisle girls, despite missing two of the team's starters, played with a determination that paid off, winning 24-22 after four overtimes. This spirit stayed with them throughout the season as they learned to pull together as a team and to think on the court. Their hard work paid off as they won the final two league games against Parker and Hanscom.
Returning eighth-graders Sam Saltz, Kim Anderson, and Joslyn Tarr led the team throughout the season. Saltz, who led the team in scoring, played brilliantly at point guard. She ran the offense, either passing to an open player or driving to the basket. Anderson led the team's tough defense, pulling down the most rebounds. On offense, Anderson was fierce at the baseline, with her determination often resulting in a basket. Tarr worked well on both ends of the courtsetting up plays on offense, playing tight defense and going for steals and rebounds. Returning eighth-grader Emily Rolando was unable to play throughout the season due to an injury. The team missed her greatly. Mary Snell, Charlotte Siegel and Libby Daltas, new to the team this year, played wonderfully. Snell proved to be an all-around player whose hustle on offense and defense kept the team going. Siegel's fierce play on defense made her a tough opponent, as did her left handed drives to the basket. Daltas played intense defense and her amazing speed broke up several fast breaks by the opposing teams.
Returning seventh-grader Sam O'Keefe continued to play aggressively on both offense and defense. Seventh-graders Allie Robbins and Nicole Koehlert were great additions to the team with excellent play under the basket, both shooting and rebounding. Seventh-grader Eva Jellison played strong defensively. Sixth-grader Jill McElligott showed off her offensive skills with her passing and shooting, while fellow sixth-grader Allison Stephens played fierce man-to-man defense. Managers Meredith Haggerty, Emma Canina and Meghan Gillard kept the score and the time clock during games.
These girls put in a lot of hard work throughout the season and it showed. Their skills and ability to play as a team improved with each game. Good luck to all the eighth-graders as they move on to high school. We will look forward to another season of hard work and fun next year!
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