Casella carries Lady Raiders in 52-33 defeat of previously unbeaten Granby
ATHOL — Senior Emily Casella was dominant in the post and the Athol defense put the clamps on a pair of Granby stars to earn a 52-33 victory, Thursday night, in Mallet Gymnasium.
The Rams arrived in the Tool Town with an unblemished 4-0 record, but it was the Lady Raiders (3-4) that looked like the more powerful team on Thursday.
Casella netted a career-high 27 points and collected 15 rebounds to lead her team to victory. While Casella took control on offense, the trio of Lindsey Hamlett, Hope Parker and Julia Carey locked down Granby stars Kate Sullivan and Kate Sarnacki. Sarnacki, who killed Athol in a pair of losses a year ago, managed just eight points while Sullivan netted 15.
“We did a good job of limiting Sarnacki who hurt us in the two games last year,” said Athol head coach Dan Bevis. “We did a good job of making both of them work for their points. (Hamlett, Carey and Parker) did a great job. Without their efforts, I don’t know if we would have been as successful.”
Parker added 12 points for the Raiders. Carey chipped in seven. Callie Jillson and Kayla Robideau tacked on three apiece.
Athol was able to take an 11-7 lead after a quarter of play and the lead was still just four, 22-18, at the break. The Lady Raiders emerged from the locker room on a mission to begin the third quarter and outscored the Rams 19-7 to pull away. Athol switched to a triangle-and-two on Sarnacki and Sullivan in the frame which helped the Granby offense stall out. On the offensive end, Parker made a pair of jumpers while Casella finished around the rim.
Athol returns to the court with a trip to Palmer (2-3) on Monday.
The Raiders won the junior varsity contest 38-26.
Amber Mahony dropped in 16 points to lead the effort. Jess Soucie and Hannah Arsenault tacked on 10 points apiece. Destiny Wrigley added two.