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FutureStarrJenna Cappola Leads Plymouth North to Division 1 Playoffs
On Friday night, Jenna Cappola hit eight baskets and added another two during a decisive fourth quarter to propel her Plymouth North girls team to its first division title in three years.
Top hustler with an infectious energy and strong work ethic, she can see the court well, distributes to open teammates and is an exceptional passer. Already she's being recruited by D-I schools.
Under coach John Coote, the Eagles (11-7) have made a great start and Cappola is at the helm. She's an inspiring leader with an excellent midrange game and tough on the boards.
She boasts impressive athleticism and is incredibly strong off the dribble. Additionally, her shooting range from beyond three points is impressive; making her an effective force from there as well.
In her junior season, she earned the title of Patriot League All-Star and passed 1,000 points in February. Over her career, she averaged 18 points and 13 rebounds per game.
Jenna is an invaluable asset to the team, especially during the fourth quarter when she can score big and help the defense out. She's a fantastic shooter and can take on any guard that comes at her.
Cappola has served as a leader on the bench and been an instrumental factor in developing several players over time. Her experience playing at varsity level will serve her team well during its upcoming matches against South.
She's an impressive asset in the post and capable of defending at a high level as well. She played a crucial role in each of the Eagles' back-to-back victories over Scituate and Whitman-Hanson.
John Coote's Eagles have made a great start under his leadership as they are one of the top teams in Division 1. While they face Duxbury this weekend, many veterans from last season are returning, including sophomore Molly Donovan who is quickly emerging as an impressive star. This weekend will be another tough test for them but they boast several returning varsity players including sophomore Molly Donovan who saw some varsity action last season.
In a win over Pembroke, she scored 16 points and hit two clutch free throws in the closing minutes to seal victory. As an outside shooter, her ability to draw fouls will be an asset in the Patriot League.
She's an outstanding rebounder and ball handler, possessing great athleticism to get to the ball quickly. Additionally, she is a strong member of the varsity volleyball team and an excellent teammate as well as an inspiring leader in the classroom.
Jenna Cappola has been the cornerstone of Plymouth North's success this season, scoring over 20 points per game on average. Her leadership on both ends of the court has allowed them to win 11 games and earn themselves a playoff spot.
She has been an integral part of Plymouth North's successful defense, helping the Blue Eagles limit opponents to 35 percent shooting from the field and 29 percent from three-point range. Additionally, she has been an offensive force for her team this season - leading the team with a career high 221 points.
Her best performances this year have come in games where she scored multiple points, such as against Scituate on Friday night and Whitman-Hanson last week. Additionally, she serves as a strong leader to her team by keeping everyone focused and motivated on both sides of the ball - defensively and offensively.
She has been the catalyst behind Plymouth North High's impressive win streak. When they fell behind Scituate in the fourth quarter, she rallied them with a quick drive to the hoop and then scored off of two different rebounds on two different possessions in order to put Plymouth North ahead for good.
With a career-high 31 points against Scituate, she has emerged as the go-to player for her team this season and one of the top players in the state. She has scored more than 30 points twice this year - including an amazing 47 against Everett away in late January.
Cappola and Moriarty have been instrumental in Plymouth North's 11 wins this season. As their primary scorers and offensive weapons, these seniors have been able to shoulder much of the weight for their team.
In addition to Cappola and Moriarty, the Blue Eagles possess a number of other players who could help guide them into the future. Kylie Grassi, Annika Pyy and Sarah Cline are all capable of scoring goals.
Grassi is not only an impressive scorer, but she's also a formidable defensive player who plays well on the glass. Her strength as a rebounder and passion for play will allow her to become an important component of Plymouth North's defense in the future.
On Sunday afternoon, Plymouth North girls enjoyed a quick 10-0 run to break through their early-game struggles. Alexa Moriarty had an outstanding game to help propel them to victory over Falmouth 41-37. This victory automatically qualified Plymouth North for the state tournament.
The MIAA has released the schedule and seedings for the girls' basketball tournament. As Central Mass teams assess their brackets, they can start strategizing for the upcoming weeks as they strive to defend their state title.
SIUE is one of the top teams in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC), powered by their potent offense and formidable defense. At 24-4 and 17-3 overall, they enter this weekend ranked seventh nationally by national power rankings, with one game left to win the GLVC tournament and guarantee their place at NCAA Division II championships in Salem, Va.
Jenny Esker (Steeleville) is dominating the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) with an incredible batting average of.315 and 25 stolen bases. She also leads the league in hitting, total bases, home runs, doubles and stolen bases - ranking among the top eight leaders across these events.
Junior slasher Kylie Grassi (Medford) is an exciting offensive threat, ranking third in the GLVC in scoring with 14.9 points per game. She has scored a team-high 1.45 per game and leads the conference in three-point field goals made with 2.4 per contest.
Senior forward Jasmyne Fillippini (Medford) is an impressive ballhandler who has scored double-digit goals in all but two of her games this season. Additionally, she boasts impressive shot blocking skills and can be a formidable presence on the boards.
The Panthers have been a formidable defensive unit this season, led by seniors Declan Davis and Justin LaChance. Additionally, they have displayed excellent rebounding this year.
DR is still searching for its first win in the MIAA after dropping two games against rival Longmeadow, but they have done enough to earn a place in the state tournament. At 13-7, DR will take on an experienced opponent in a play-in game at Revere High on Monday night at 6 p.m.
Kylie Grassi is an accomplished leader on and off the court. For four years, she has led her team to new heights this season.
She was an impressive presence on both ends of the floor for Plymouth North, contributing to their 9-2 regular-season record and Patriot League title. With an average point total of 14.8 points per game, she displayed all the qualities a great captain should do.
Her leadership on and off the court is something she strives for each game. She has a tremendous respect for her teammates, always looking out for their best interests.
Grassi's accomplishments have earned her the title of Patriot League Co-MVP and Keenan Division MVP this season. Additionally, she earned a third consecutive Division 1 state tournament berth as the sole representative from Plymouth North in the field.
Grassi was an integral part of the Blue Eagles' success this year, even with an ankle injury at the end. She led the team in scoring and provided a steady presence on defense as well.
She finished her high school career with 1,500 points and two conference championships. Additionally, she was a four-time NEPSAC and Independent Girls Conference All-Star, recording 10 double-doubles this season.
Over her first two seasons with the Bears, Grassi has accumulated 515 points, 154 rebounds, 92 assists, 20 blocks and 67 steals in 40 games. As a result, she was named MASCAC Player of the Week twice.
On Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m., the Bears remain in the thick of the MASCAC race as they host MCLA for a crucial MASCAC race matchup. She's expected to score plenty of points in that encounter.
Her scoring stats are impressive, but it's her ability to get to the basket and create shots that will determine her team's success. She's an incredibly gifted shot blocker who strives to refine her technique every day. Her talents on the court won't go unnoticed by those around her; her skillset could make all the difference for their win on Saturday!