(Danvers MA) Cheyenne Nessinger was awesome tonight.
But Newburyport had the balance to offset Cheyenne’s big game and downed Danvers, 48-37, in the opening round of the Gieras Memorial Games.
The Clippers will face Reading in the title game tomorrow night.
Cheyenne had twenty-five points, twelve rebounds, and five blocks to literally carry Danvers on her back.
Cheyenne seemed as surprised as anyone regarding her special night: “I can’t explain the good game. We did have a shoot-around this morning and that probably helped.”
The Clippers (12-7) broke away from a close game (21-20) late in the first half while Cheyenne was on the bench.
While the Falons (10-9) went scoreless during the final 2 ½ minutes of the half, the Clippers put up nine straight points thanks to Deidre McElhinney (15 points) and Abby Gillingham (12 points).
Deidre’s part was a three and two free throws.
Abby’s part was a jump shot (assist Jackie Doucette) and a nice put-back seconds before the halftime buzzer sounded.
Newburyport’s halftime lead was 30-20.
The Falcons were down 40-26 in the closing seconds of the third quarter but Sabrina Auciello drilled a three to give Danvers hope as they entered the final period.
A free throw and a layup by Cheyenne Nesseinger and a layup by Kristina Yebba started things on a positive note for the Falcons in the final period. They were within six (40-34) with four minutes left.
The home team continued to stay close (43-37) with 1 ½ minutes left after Kristina Yebba dropped in a three-pointer.
But those would be the last points Danvers would score.
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