Ware eliminates Gateway Regional from WMass Division 4 Girls Tournament

For the Gazette
Wednesday, March 01, 2017

WARE — When Ware won the opening tip and Michelle Zawolski scored off a 3-pointer at the beginning of the possession, it set the tone for how the rest of the night would go for the Gateway Regional girls basketball team.

No. 13-seeded Gators fell to the Indians, 46-18, in the first round of the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament, Tuesday.

Gateway finished 9-12. No. 4 Ware (14-7) will host No. 5 Monson (11-10) on Friday.

Becca Herman and Bryanna Fellows had six points apiece for the Gators.

Ware pressed the Gators from their first offensive possession to their last. The constant pressure on Gateway’s offense from possession to possession created a lot of turnovers and multiple opportunities for Ware on the offensive end.

Although his team did not pick up the win, Gateway head coach Elijah Robbins believed his team exceeded expectations.

“They are probably the best team we have seen all year,” said Robbins. “We knew they were going to press us, we worked on it, but we don’t see a lot of teams that press so that was an issue for us. All in all I think we did better than expected tonight.”

Ware’s offense from start to finish was a well-oiled machine. The Gators played a zone defense to try and contain the Indians, but the quick and precise passing from Ware inside and around the 3-point line created a lot of problems for Gateway, especially in the first quarter.

Ware came out hot on offense to start the game, going on a 14-5 run en route to a 23-7 lead entering the second. When the Indians were not slowing it down on offense, their transition game was exceptional.

Gateway locked up defensively in the second quarter. The Gators allowed six points to Ware, but they couldn’t cut into the deficit and trailed 29-11 at halftime.

Gateway continued to have the same problems in the second half. The Gators got on the ground and fought hard for loose balls on the defensive end, but struggled on offensive.

Robbins was proud of the senior leadership that Fellows and Gabby Goralczyk showed all season to help get the team into the tournament.

“They have done an amazing job,” he said. “They built this program and got it going back in the direction we want it. We are a very young team so their senior leadership was a real key this season to getting us to where we are.”

Ware 46, Gateway Regional 18

Gateway 9-12)

Goralczyk 0-0-0, Fellows 3-0-6, Wright 2-0-4, Waters 0-0-0, Herman 2-1-6, Wright 0-0-0, Griffin 0-0-0, Cotto 0-0-0, Van Buren 0-0-0, Gamble 0-0-0, Duggan 0-0-0, Moreau 0-0-0, Bucko 0-0-0, Viel 1-0-2. Totals: 8-1-18

Ware (14-7)

McClure 1-1-3, Walsh 0-0-0, Demers 3-0-6, Towne 0-0-0, Niquette 0-0-0, Halgas 1-3-5, Eskett 4-1-9, Balicki 4-0-8, Tweedle 0-1-1, Zawolski 3-0-7, Burke 3-1-7. Totals 19-7-46













3-Pointers—Ware 1 (Zawolski), Gateway 1 (Herman)