While Friday nights were game time for the Watertown High School girls basketball team, Saturday mornings were reserved for helping out the Watertown Youth Basketball. That has helped form a strong bond between the players, young and old. WHS head coach Patrick Ferdinand’s players spend the morning working with the fourth and fifth grade girls, who are playing organized basketball for the first time. “It’s an honor to teach the kids to plan and getting them them know what we do in high school,” said WHS senior Jenna McMahon. “It’s important, at the same time, to have fun.”
After fouling out with just 10 seconds left and her team down seven on Saturday night, Watertown High School’s star senior center Shannon Murphy still had a smile on her face as she was greeted by her coaches and teammates as she left the floor for the last time as a Raider. First half foul trouble put Watertown into a deep hole against Hamilton-Wenham in the Div. 2 North Section Quarterfinal. In the first half, the Generals had 15 free throw opportunities to just two for the Raiders. “It is what it is.
The Watertown girls basketball team got their EMass title defense off to a good start Tuesday night be beating Chelsea 42-21. Last season, the Raiders made it all the way to the MIAA Div. 2 State Final. The Raiders won their first round game at Watertown High School in convincing fashion. Next up for the third seeded Raiders (15-4) is sixth seeded Hamilton-Wenham (13-8), which beat Swampscott 45-32 Tuesday night.
After reaching the State Final last year, the Watertown girls basketball team’s road to Springfield has some familiar foes in the way, including their archrivals. The MIAA released its girls basketball state tournament brackets Friday morning, and Watertown could have rematches against teams they played in the regular season, including playoff clash with Belmont for the third straight year. The Raiders, which finished 14-4, received the third seed in Div. 2 North, while Belmont claimed the stop seed with a 16-4 record. There are three other Middlesex League teams in the bracket.
Watertown High School girls basketball coach Pat Ferdinand, who guided the Raiders to the state final this March, will hold a week-long basketball camp at the high school this summer for girls age 8-16. The ASA-WILDCATS Girls Camp ages 8-16 will be held at Watertown High School from August 1-5, 2016. ASA provided the following information about the camp:
ASA and Walter McCarty camps are geared for all ages and abilities. All campers are expected to work very hard, be receptive to coaching, exhibit discipline, a strong work ethic, and be serious about basketball. As a staff we pride ourselves in being teaching camp first, campers are expected to learn and exhibit certain skills throughout the week.
SPRINGFIELD – This year’s Watertown girls basketball team rose to heights never reached by the program and will leave a legacy, but it did not feel that way for the players after falling to Longmeadow in the MIAA Div. 2 State Final on Saturday.
The 2015-16 Raiders squad went farther than any girls basketball team before them, and had an eight point second half lead before falling 36-31. When asked what her memories will be of this season, senior co-captain Michaela Antonellis said: “It’s going to be good. It sucks right now.” With the tears still fresh after the loss, senior co-captain Katelyn Rourke added that she and her teammates have left their mark.
SPRINGFIELD – Watertown had Longmeadow right where they wanted them in the MIAA Div. 2 girls basketball state final, with an eight point lead midway through the third, but the title slipped from their grasp and Longmeadow won 36-31. Watertown came out of the half and put up the first five points, punctuated with a lay up by junior center Shannon Murphy with 4:22 left in the third. A three pointer by Antonellis extended the Watertown lead to 29-21. The Lancers ate away at the lead and back to back shots by 6-foot-3 center Kayla Mokwuah gave Longmeadow the 31-29 lead with 5:24 left in the fourth.
The Watertown girls basketball team seeks to claim the first state championship Saturday in Springfield, but they face likely the toughest test of the season in Longmeadow. Follow the action live here beginning at 4:30 p.m. (Refresh the page for the latest updates):
Game over: Korte scored 2 with 9 seconds left, but Longmeadow ran out the clock. Final score 36-31 Lancers. 44 seconds left – Fyenkevez fouled. Misses the front end of the one-and-one but Taylor Shubrick gets board and is fouled.