Girls Basketball Beats Brighton in First Round of Playoffs

Tuesday February, 24 Manchester Essex girls’ basketball defeated Brighton in the first round of playoffs. Coach Lauren Dubois helped bring these girls to victory. The final score of the game with a great win from the Hornets was 67-19. The girls moved on to the next round against Bishop Fenwick but lost 47-52 in a very close game.

Each team has to stand together before the game begins to cheer on the other team as Athletic Director Kelly Porcaro calls out the starters. Hornets stand linking arms pumping each other up before their big game. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Each team has to stand together before the game begins to cheer on the other team as Athletic Director Kelly Porcaro calls out the starters. Hornets stand linking arms pumping each other up before their big game. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The game begins with the group huddle. The girls cheer before the game begins. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The game begins with the group huddle. The girls cheer before the game begins. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior guard Fraley Morton throws the ball inbounds after being scored on by Brighton. Morton is one of the lead scorers on the team. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior guard Fraley Morton throws the ball inbounds after being scored on by Brighton. Morton is one of the lead scorers on the team. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Wrestling for the ball, senior Eliza Logue and junior Sabrina Pallazola try to gain possession of the ball after it being set loose on the ground. Brighton players also fight for it. Manchester Essex  got the ball. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Wrestling for the ball, senior Eliza Logue and junior Sabrina Pallazola try to gain possession of the ball after it being set loose on the ground. Brighton players also fight for it. Manchester Essex got the ball. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
During warm up, Manchester Essex Hornets practice drills and plays before the game. Defensive players practice their blocking and the offensive players practice their shots under pressure. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
During warm up, Manchester Essex Hornets practice drills and plays before the game. Defensive players practice their blocking and the offensive players practice their shots under pressure. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Fans pile into the gymnasium wearing the Hornet’s colors, green and white. Senior Aisling Batchelder wears white from head to toe as does junior Bella Mastendino. White paint covered fans faces as they represented the hornets during their ‘white out’ game. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Fans pile into the gymnasium wearing the Hornet’s colors, green and white. Senior Aisling Batchelder wears white from head to toe as does junior Bella Mastendino. White paint covered fans faces as they represented the hornets during their ‘white out’ game. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior starters Sabrina Pallazola and Kara Hersey practice dribbling drills. Pallazola is the center forward for the Hornets; Hersey is another forward for the team. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior starters Sabrina Pallazola and Kara Hersey practice dribbling drills. Pallazola is the center forward for the Hornets; Hersey is another forward for the team. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
 Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Pallazola with the tip off, the Hornets prepare themselves for a tough battle against Brghiton Public High School. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Pallazola with the tip off, the Hornets prepare themselves for a tough battle against Brghiton Public High School. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Brighton wins the tip off but soon after Manchester Essex receives the ball because it was thrown out of bounds. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Brighton wins the tip off but soon after Manchester Essex receives the ball because it was thrown out of bounds. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Sydney Christopher shoots and scores a three pointer against a defender. Christopher is one of the leading scorers in the Cape Ann League.  Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Sydney Christopher shoots and scores a three pointer against a defender. Christopher is one of the leading scorers in the Cape Ann League.
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Senior Phebe Biggar carries the ball down the court. Biggar then scores on a lay-up.  Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Phebe Biggar carries the ball down the court. Biggar then scores on a lay-up. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
 Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Biggar and Hersey double team a Brighton player. Holding their arms in the air the players try to distract the offensive player by yelling and trying to knock the ball out of her hands without illegal touching. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Biggar and Hersey double team a Brighton player. Holding their arms in the air the players try to distract the offensive player by yelling and trying to knock the ball out of her hands without illegal touching. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Coach Lauren Dubois speaks to players from the side of the court.  Dubois has been coaching for many years at Manchester Essex and has brought the girls basketball team to victory several times. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Coach Lauren Dubois speaks to players from the side of the court. Dubois has been coaching for many years at Manchester Essex and has brought the girls basketball team to victory several times. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
 Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
 Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
During free throws, the crowd puts their hands in the air and shakes their fingers sending luck to the shooter. Spirit fingers are a tradition in basketball. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
During free throws, the crowd puts their hands in the air and shakes their fingers sending luck to the shooter. Spirit fingers are a tradition in basketball. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The fans cheer on the players and travel to all their away games. There was not a large turnout of fans, but their cheering for the girls made it as if the whole gymnasium was full. There is a lot of support to both the girls and boys teams at Manchester Essex. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The fans cheer on the players and travel to all their away games. There was not a large turnout of fans, but their cheering for the girls made it as if the whole gymnasium was full. There is a lot of support to both the girls and boys teams at Manchester Essex. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
 Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Ainsley McLaughlin passes the ball to junior  Molly Lynch who then carries the ball for an assist. The assist was shot by sophomore Courtney Holley Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Ainsley McLaughlin passes the ball to junior Molly Lynch who then carries the ball for an assist. The assist was shot by sophomore Courtney Holley Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

enior fans Aisling Batchelder and Emily Moore support the senior players on the team by holding up blown up faces of Biggar, Morton, and Logue.  Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
enior fans Aisling Batchelder and Emily Moore support the senior players on the team by holding up blown up faces of Biggar, Morton, and Logue.
Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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