HYANNIS — She was virtually unstoppable.
Barnstable junior forward Mia Crawley scored 18 points and tore down eight rebounds last night to lead the Barnstable High girls basketball team (3-3) to a decisive, 50-23, win over the visiting Nauset Warriors. It was the second highest point total in her career. Nauset fell to 1-3 on the season with the loss.
At no juncture of this Saturday night affair were the Red Raiders ever in jeopardy of falling behind as they established a 16-5 lead in the first quarter, a 32-10 lead by halftime and a 42-13 lead after three quarters. The only bucket Nauset would get in the entire third quarter was a downtown trey from junior point guard Savannah Thomas. Thomas would finish the night with nine points, her team’s highest tally. All of Thomas’s points came via the three-point field goal. Christine Burns had a hard-earned six points for the Warriors.
Barnstable 8th grade center Carly Whiteside proved formidable in the paint once again as she netted 12 points and pulled down five rebounds, but it was Barnstable’s defensive effort that created such an offensive outburst for the Red & White.
Running a high-pressure, full-court press for the first half, Barnstable fully disallowed Nauset the opportunity to drive the lane. Nauset was forced to take shots it could ill afford, with the exception being the aformentioned Thomas beyond the arc.
Senior point guard and captain Margot Rice had six points but her effectiveness was not on putting points on the board, rather, it was her complete ability to disrupt Nauset’s offense that created the points for Barnstable on the other end.
Barnstable faces Martha’s Vineyard at Mashpee High School at 2:00 pm on Monday in continuation of the Stripes Tournament that started yesterday across the Cape.
— Sean Walsh is the sports editor for www.capecod.com. His email is [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @coachwalshccbm.