Boston High School: Nicole Catizone

Friday's Bay State Games results

July, 16, 2011
Courtesy Bay State Games media relations director Peter Cohenno:


Boys Scholastic 11/12 Grade
Wentworth Institute of Technology – Boston, MA

Metro 86, Northeast 75

Central vs Coastal
Results not available

West 91, Southeast 89
West beat Southeast in a nail-biting 91-89 overtime thriller. The game was close throughout with West holding a slim 15-11 lead after the first quarter and an even slimmer 35-34 lead at the half. However, at the end of the fourth quarter West found itself down by one with just a few second left on the clock. With one shot left, Jose Allen (Amherst, Amherst HS) drilled a shot at the buzzer to tie the game at 74-74 and send them into overtime. Allen, who led West with 15 points, added another six points in overtime to seal the win. Southeast’s Sayvonn Houston (Brockton, Brockton HS) led all scorers with 25 points.

Coastal 100, Metro 91
Coastal drained nine 3-pointers as they defeated Metro 100-91. Coastal jumped out to an early 30-18 lead at the end of the first quarter. By halftime Metro had cut the lead down to 54-47. However, Coastal regained a nine point lead going into the fourth quarter and never looked back. Leading the charge for Coastal was guard Chris Green (Taunton, Taunton HS) who scored 22 points, 18 of which were in the first half while Andrew Kenyon (Swansea, Case HS) added another 20 points.

West 124, Northeast 85
West had seven players score in double digits as they demolished Northeast, 124-85. Northeast kept the game close in the beginning, and were within three points, 50-47, at the half. However, in the third quarter West erupted for 41 points. West’s Phil DePhilips (Orange, Mahar HS) led the team with 21 points, 10 of which came during the second half explosion. Jose Allen (Amherst, Amherst HS) added 19 points for the winners.

Central vs Southeast
Results not available

Boys Scholastic 9/10 Grade
Reggie Lewis Center – Boston, MA

Metro 77, Northeast 48
Metro sailed past Northeast Friday morning with a score of 77-48. Northeast’s Jordan Mendez (Salem, North Shore Tech) netted a game-high 20 points in the victory. His teammate, Jack Jimenez (Salem, Salem Academy Charter), contributed 11 points. Metro’s leading scorer was Tyler Sullivan with 16 points, though Matt Woods was close behind, scoring 15.

Coastal 83, Southeast 76
In one of the tightest games so far in the tournament, Coastal defeated Southeast, 83-76. Coastal’s sophomore guard Ryan St. Clair (Easton, Oliver Ames) put up a team-high 22 points. His teammate sophomore guard Tony Pires (Carver, Carver) scored 16 points. Despite being on the losing squad, freshman forward Dave Harrison (Weymouth, Weymouth HS) netted a game-high 22 points. His teammate sophomore forward Paul Preziosi (Abington/Hull, Cardinal Spellman HS) contributed 15 points.

West 65, Central 62
West snuck past Central on Friday by a narrow three-point margin, 65-62. Sophomore forward Justin Crosby (Westfield, Westfield HS) posted 13 points toward his West squad’s win, while his teammates, freshman Corey Baker (Granby, Granby HS) and sophomore Andy Gifford (Granby, Granby HS) each scored 11 points. Central’s sophomore guard Colin Richey (Upton, Whitinsville Christian) netted a game-high 16 points. His teammate, sophomore guard Mark Deuris (Uxbridge, Uxbridge) contributed 11 points.

Southeast 72, Northeast 48
Southeast defeated Northeast, 72-48, Friday afternoon. Southeast’s freshman guard Dave Harrison (Weymouth, Weymouth HS) led the charge, notching 16 points. His teammate, sophomore Ridge Francisque (Brockton, Brockton HS), was close behind with 13 points. Northeast sophomore Jordan Mendez (Salem, North Shore Tech) managed to net a game-high 18 and his teammate, sophomore Jack Jimenez (Salem, Salem Academy Charter), scored 13 points.

Metro vs Central
Results not available.

Coastal vs West
Results not available.

Girls Scholastic
Emmanuel College – Boston, MA

Southeast 66, Metro 52
Southeast got 15 points from sophomore center Ashley Snyder (Foxboro, Foxboro HS) to help them to victory over Metro, 66-52. Senior guard Katelyn Sousa (Hopkinton, Hopkinton HS) contributed 11 points to the offensive effort. Despite the loss, both sophomore Gena Restiano (Revere, Revere HS) and junior Colleen Kane (Arlington, Arlington HS) managed to put up 11 points each for their Metro squad.

Northeast 68, Central 37
Northeast put on an offensive showcase as they defeated Central, 68-37. They came out hard, outscoring Central 22-8 in the first quarter alone. Senior Amy Pelletier (Beverly, Bishop Fenwick HS) scored a game-high 11 points to propel her team to victory. Her teammate, Nicole Catizone (Woburn, Arlington Catholic HS), contributed nine points to the effort. Central’s leading scorer was Sammie Battaini (Leominster, St. Bernard’s Central Catholic), with seven points.

West 58, Coastal 43
West defeated Central Friday by a 58-43 margin. Junior Jill Ritrosky (Pittsfield, Pittsfield HS) contributed a game-high 12 points to the win. West sophomore Alyssa Darling (Palmer, Palmer HS) scored 10 points. The leading scorer for the Coastal squad was sophomore Angelique Martinez (Taunton, Taunton HS), who netted 10 points. Her teammate senior Jennifer Rock (Byfield, Triton), scored eight.

Central vs Southeast
Results not available.

West vs Metro
Results not available.

Northeast 73, Coastal 36
Northeast was too strong for an undermanned Coastal squad as they walked away with a 73-36 win. Kaitlyn Lipka (Peabody, Bishop Fenwick HS) led all scorers with 15 and Carlene Kluge (Reading, Reading HS) added 12 points for the winners. Coastal’s Rachel Camara (Fall River, Durfee) gave strong effort, collecting 13 points.

Waltham High School – Waltham, MA

Metro/Northeast 2, West 1
Whitney Jones (Sudbury, Brooks School) and Erika Kelly (Watertown, Watertown HS) each scored a goal to help Metro/Northeast edge West, 2-1. Morgan Mazanec (Selburne, Mohawk Trail Reg. HS) collected the lone tally for West.

Southeast 6, Coastal 1
Southeast got goals from six different players to blow past Coastal, 6-1. Katy Cronin (Franklin, Franklin HS), Kayla Garczynski (Norwood, Norwood HS), Meghan Pini (Natick, Natick HS), Meghan Murphy (Walpole, Walpole HS), Emily McColgan (Walpole, Southfield HS), and Mackenzie Hudson (Stoughton, Stoughton HS) each found the net. Meghan Carroll (Mansfield, Mansfield HS) broke up the shutout with a goal for Coastal.


Boys Scholastic
Wentworth Institute of Technology – Boston, MA

Northeast 14, Metro/Southeast 3

West 10, Coastal 8

Northeast 16, Central 4

Metro/Southeast 11, West 10

Girls Scholastic
Waltham High School – Waltham, MA

West 14, Northeast/Central 6
West was too strong for Northeast/Central as they cruised to an easy 14-6 victory. Nicole Beliveau (Westfield, Westfield HS) notched four goals, Alicia Busco (Agawam, Agawam HS) potted three and Emily Allcroft (Northampton, Northampton HS) tallied a pair to pace the West offense. Northeast/Central’s Isabella Gitto (Leominster, Leominster HS) netted three goals in a losing effort.

Southeast/Coastal 15, Metro 10
Southeast/Coastal’s strong finish helps secure 15-10 win over Metro. After a slow start, Metro pulled within a goal midway through the second half before Southeast/Coastal scored four unanswered goals to come out on top. Natalie Devine (East Walpole, Fontbonne Academy) led her team with three goals, and four others chipped in with a pair of markers. Freshman Shannon Fitzgerald (Newton, Newton North) was terrific for Metro with six goals.

Nee leads AC to first-ever D2 state title

March, 19, 2011

WORCESTER, Mass. -- Arlington Catholic's Erin Nee may give Jim Carrey a run for the starring role in any future sequels to "The Mask."

After suffering a fractured nose during the Cougars state semifinal victory over Hopkinton, Nee was forced to don a facemask to protect the injury. Apparently, she got comfortable with it pretty quickly, as the senior opened the second quarter with back-to-back 3-pointers during a 21-0 run that helped Arlington Catholic pull away from Millbury, for what resulted in a 49-28 victory and the Cougars' first Division 2 state championship, at the DCU Center Saturday.

"It was interesting. it was a different feeling but I got used to it after a while," Nee said of wearing the protective mask. "The shots felt really good. I was just open so I shot and they went in. I think we fed off that energy and the crowd going wild. It was awesome. I think it really helped us to go back and have intensity on defense and the offense came from the defense."

Those two shots were huge as AC (21-6) went a paltry 2-for-11 from the field in the opening stanza. Nee got the crowd going and her teammates fed off that energy -- Emma Roberson in particular.

The Cougars' star scored 10 of her game-high 16 points during that spurt, as AC turned a 7-2 deficit into a 23-7 lead. With Nee getting hot, it gave the Woolies (23-2) an additional threat to watch for in addition to normal 3-point gunner Nicole Catizone (11 points).

"Erin definitely got our momentum going," Robersopn said. "We were a little down on ourselves after the first quarter. None of our shots were going in and we weren't playing great. So Erin coming out and hitting those two big threes got us going."

The Cougars got amped up in the defensive zone as well, forcing eight Millbury turnovers in the second that led to a number of transition buckets.

"I thought we came out of the box good but in the second quarter the floodgates opened up," admitted Millbury coach Steve Reno. "We couldn't make a shot and we couldn't get anywhere near the hoop for a rebound. Sometimes we couldn't even get across halfcourt because their pressure was so relentless."

"To make things worse, they started heating up," Reno continued. "They were making threes and they got a couple of turnovers where they were able to convert on runouts. It was the nightmare scenario."

Having found themselves in a similar spot against Hopkinton where AC had to rally from an 18-point hole to win, the Cougars never took their collective foot off the gas pedal, roaring out of halftime with an 11-0 run.

"I think defense comes from the heart," Catizone said. "You really have to keep working at it. We all work extra hard as a team with helping and talking. We knew that if they started getting on a run they could come back easily. We didn’t want that to happen."

And they didn't let it happen. Catizone drained a pair of treys while Nee and Kayla Awizsus also hit from beyond. Defensively, the Cougars held the Woolies to a mere five field goals on 30 attempts and AC took a 44-16 lead into the fourth.

"They’ve come so far as a team," said a proud AC coach Dave Brady of his Cougars. "The basketball language at the beginning of the year, they didn’t even know what a backdoor was. Now, they are out there teaching me things. These girls deserve so much. They’ve really come so far."

ESPNBoston's Hoops Finals Picks

March, 18, 2011
We've got you covered from the first tip-off to the final buzzer tomorrow at Worcester's DCU Center, home of six MIAA basketball state championships. But for now, to whet your appetite, here's high school editor Brendan Hall's picks for each of the six games.

The Lowdown: In a season of relative unknowns in Division 3, the Wildcats of Lee dominated Western Mass again, albeit to nobody's surprise. Puncutated by wins over Division 1 finalist Amherst and Division 3 juggernaut Sabis (which was averaging nearly 70 points per game before falling in the D3 West final to Lee), the Wildcats are at it again with that famously dogged press of theirs. Always undersized yet always relentless, they blitzed Pentucket a year ago on the DCU floor en route to their sixth state title in 20 years, and could be up to their same old tricks tomorrow morning. St. Mary's, meanwhile, has size all over the place, led by the senior "Twin Towers" of 6-foot-2 center Tori Faieta and 5-foot-11 forward Cassi Amenta. The Spartans beat Lee a month ago, 71-60, in a tournament just before the start of the MIAA playoffs.
Hall's Pick: History says to never take Lee lightly -- no matter what shape or size it comes in. But unfortunately, there is just too much size to be accounted for on St. Mary's side of things. Not that they're unbeatable, but I just think the Spartans will control the glass. St. Mary's, 50-45.

The Lowdown: Another matchup that on paper looks uneven, the Whitinsville Christian Crusaders boast plenty of size behind 6-foot-9 Hans Miersma, who dominated Lenox in Wednesday night's Central/West semifinal. Meanwhile, Watertown's tallest player is 6-foot-3 senior forward Connor Stockdale -- whom head coach Steve Harrington likens to another point guard on the floor -- and Marco Coppola, one of the state's leading scorers with 25 points per game. Whitinsville excels in the 2-3 zone but isn't afraid to quickly drop it and play straight man should they get into early trouble. But this is Harrington's Raiders, which means you're likely to see four things: weakside post, four out, pick and roll, perimeter shots. In other words, don't take the Raiders lightly, especially if they don't try to challenge Miersma immediately at the rim.
Hall's Pick: The tale of the tape favors Whitinsville, just based on the size it wields in the frontcourt. But Steve Harrington is one of the best coaches in New England, and you can guarantee he's going to draw up a hell of a game plan to try and neutralize the size advantage. Whitinsville Christian, 65-64.

The Lowdown: The Arlington Catholic Cougars -- led by Emma Roberson, Nicole Catizone, and sisters Rachel and Maura Buckley -- can be viewed as a green bunch with all of their youth abound. But on Monday night at TD Garden, they pulled off one of the more impressive feats in recent EMass Finals history, clawing back from 18 down with six minutes left in the first half to take a halftime lead over Hopkinton and hold it up. Meanwhile, Millbury has burned opponents in the transition game all season long, beating opponents in the playoffs so far by an average of 16.5 points per game. Out on the break, seniors Julie Frankian (19.1 points, 8.3 rebounds) and Sydney Bloomstein (9.5, 6.1) have been as formidable duo as we've seen in Division 2.
Hall's Pick: Sorry, AC. That was an amazing comeback you pulled over Hopkinton over the Garden. But this is Julie Frankian's moment in the sun. Millbury, 60-48.

The Lowdown: Mission was the odds-on favorite in Division 2 headed into the season, and hasn't done a whole lot to convince otherwise. Led by three Northeast-10 ready senior guards in Samir McDaniels, Kachi Nzerem and Darius Davis; as well as Charles Gunter, Leroy Hamilton, and Isshiah Coleman on the blocks; the Titans have begun to find that scoring touch around the rim that was missing for stretches this season. They also like to wear opponents out with a smothering, physical man-to-man defense -- as head coach Cory McCarthy often tells reporters, "The uglier, the better." Good news for the Titans: Northbridge relishes in that style, too. Eight of its players were on the Rams squad that won a Division 2 football Central Mass Super Bowl this past fall, and have brought that aggressive mentality to the floor with forwards (and brothers) Thomas and Harrison Murphy. Also watch out for Corey Pryor, who burned Sabis on Wednesday night with a series of uncontest layups en route to 24 points.
Hall's Pick: Cory McCarthy is known to fill up a reporter's notebook fairly quickly with his endless arsenal of money quotes. But the one that still resonates above the rest is the one he gave our correspondent Adam Kurkjian back in December: "I love these kids. I would do anything for these kids. And I feel like they will eat glass for me." Remember that one if this is close in the waning minutes. Mission, 58-47.

The Lowdown: Amherst, written off the in preseason after the transfer of Mariah Lesure to Tabor Academy, has rolled through Western Mass, and arrives in Worcester after a thrilling overtime defeat of Algonquin in Tuesday's Central/West state semifinal. Much of the Hurricanes' emergence has to do with the maturation of their junior class led by Brianna Leonard (11.1 points), Morbasaw Nkambeo (10.0) and Kristen Ferrola (9.3). The Golden Warriors, meanwhile, were one of several heavy favorites in Division 1 headed into the season, and save a lone regular-season blip to Central Catholic have done nothing to deter that thinking. Much has been made of Andover's Division 1-ready backcourt led by Marist-bound senior Natalie Gomez-Martinez and BC-bound junior Nicole Boudreau, the state's newly-anointed Gatorade Player of the Year. But the Warriors excel on the boards, too, behind junior Ally Fazio and sophomore Devon Caveney.
Hall's Pick: At the risk of jinxing this...should Andover win, I don't think it's out of the realm to think the Warriors have a shot next season at making it the first Division 1 girls three-peat since Haverhill in the mid-90's. Long Live The MVC. Andover, 70-60.

The Lowdown: After the loss of Ryan Kelley (ACL tear) and stalemate of a Central Final defeat of Fitchburg (40-38), some questioned whether Shrewsbury was ripe for the picking. The Pioneers put an end to that doubt on Wednesday night, handling a talented Northampton squad with physical defense and clutch shooting from Matt Harrington. Head coach Bob Foley is known for his Princeton-ish offense, this year led by forward pivots Matt Palecki and Richard Rodgers, but we've seen the Pioneers transition teams to death in state championships past (Lynn English, 2009, anyone?). This marks the fourth straight D1 final appearance for SJS, while Prep is making its first appearance since 1974. The matchup of the day might be Pat Connaughton versus Rodgers (we'll just assume that's what Prep head coach Sean Connolly will do for now), but the Eagles have prided themselves all year long on the work of their role players. Every game, it's a different kid stepping up, between Steve Haladyna, Freddy Shove, Mike Carbone, Owen Marchetti and Isaiah Robinson.
Hall's Pick: It's going to be a rockfight on the court, and both student sections are going to be rocking out. And I do mean rocking. I literally can't wait. By the way, every high school fan ever, you've got your work cut out for you after Northampton's "Full Metal Jacket" routine the other night at DCU. Prep, 45-41.

AC mounts amazing comeback to take D2 EMass

March, 14, 2011

BOSTON -- Dave Brady was willing to use all five of his timeouts in the first half to try and snap his team out of an early funk in the Div. 2 Eastern Mass. semifinals on Monday night at the TD Garden.

Apparently he only needed three.

Arlington Catholic (20-6) finally got the message and overcame a 16-point first half deficit with a furious run in the second quarter to eliminate Hopkinton, 65-57. The Cougars will now move on to the state finals on Saturday at the DCU Center in Worcester to play the winner of Millbury and Wahconah.

“The third timeout was them saying this is enough,” Brady said. “There was plenty of time and let’s just go out there and do what we do.”

The Cougars stopped settling for outside jumpers, which didn’t work in the first quarter as they launched seven three’s and only made one of them, and started penetrating the interior of the much bigger frontcourt of the Hillers (19-6).

Emma Roberson led the way with a team-high 25 points, and her ability to get in the lane and dish to open players was a key factor in the run.

“We weren’t attacking their zone, so they weren’t having to move at all to play defense,” said Roberson. “We couldn’t get any shots, so being able to penetrate and open up our shooters on the outside and even get them in foul trouble too definitely changed the game a lot.”

The Cougars went on a 23-4 run after falling behind by 16 points with 6:09 left in the second quarter, and they finally grabbed their first lead, 32-31, on a last-second deep ball from Nicole Catizone before the half.

The offensive flurry was spurred by a change in the defensive system for the Cougars. They went from a zone press to a man-to-man pressure, which probably wasn’t the game plan coming in to the game, because of the height advantage the Hillers held at every position. The Hillers shots a blistering 9-of-11 in the first quarter from the field, but came back down to earth with a 13-for-30 showing in the final three quarters.

The 5-foot-3-inch Erin Nee harassed every single ball-handler who made their way up the court and the Hillers didn’t respond well to that pressure.

“They played really physical and the referees let them play physical,” said Hopkinton head coach Rita Atkinson. “I really think that was the turning point.”

The game of runs turned in to a back-and-forth contest for most of the second half. There were 12 lead changes in the third quarter alone, and two in the opening moments of the fourth quarter.

Two free throws from Alee Leteria (26 points) gave the Hillers a 55-54 lead in the fourth, but the Cougars would used a dominating 11-2 stretch to close out the game. Roberson finished with eight points in the fourth quarter, and hit several clutch free throws to keep the Cougars ahead for good.

“All game I just did my routine and didn’t think anything differently,” said Roberson, who finished 9-of-12 from the line. “I just kind of kept the crowd out of my mind and just treated it like it was any other free throw in any other game.”

AC girls handle Gloucester to win D2 North

March, 13, 2011
LOWELL, Mass. -- It was Gloucester’s potent offense against the stingy defense of Arlington Catholic that provided the storyline for this year’s Division 2 North girls basketball final last night.

Taking the court at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell, No. 5 Cougars had allowed 32.3 points per game during the tournament. Sixth-seeded Gloucester countered by entering the game with an average 60 points per game in its postseason run.

The Cougars came away with a 62-49 win, sending them to their second D-2 state semifinal appearance in three years. Arlington Catholic will take on the South sectional champion tomorrow at 6 p.m. at the TD Garden.

“It’s a young team and we had to learn a lot at the beginning of the year. The way they came out and put it all together was very nice to see,” Cougars head coach Dave Brady said. “We were adjusting to their offense and knew they were a powerful offense that could score and score fast so our goal was to contain their guards and be consistent with our shots.”

The Fishermen relied on sisters and 5-foot-7 guards Hannah and Heather Cain, a senior and junior respectively, who served as the anchor of the offensive attack. Meanwhile, the Cougars featured their own pair of sisters in 5-foot-9 senior center Rachel Buckley and 5-foot-10 freshman forward Maura Buckley.

“This is really kind of crazy because the beginning of the year no one really thought we were going to get deep into the postseason because we had a pretty young team,” the elder Buckley said. “We knew their guards were really good and we saw the way they shut down Reading and knew it was going to be a classic matchup of a really good offense against a really good defense.”

AC, which had outscored the opposition by 81 points in their previous three games, trailed the majority of the first quarter, quickly dropping into a 12-2 hole. The Cougars took a 17-16 lead off an Erin Klein layup to open the second quarter and never looked back, holding on to a 33-29 lead at the half and a 46-41 advantage after three quarters.

Junior Emma Roberson, a 5-foot-8 guard, led the Cougars with 20 points. Junior Nicole Catizone followed up with 16 points, while Maura Buckley added 15 points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. Leading the Fishermen were Hannah and Heather Cain, with 16 and 14 points respectively. Audrey Knowlton also added 14 points, while Katrina Munroe sank nine.

“The defense has been the cornerstone of our game all year and we knew it would have to be that way in the postseason as well,” Brady said. “This was one of the most challenging games of the tournament for us and they really stayed composed and level throughout.”