Shaking up their lineups proved to be the winning combination as Belmont's Girls' and Boys' Basketball each came away with double digits victories over visiting Winchester.
Girls' find a W in renewed D
Belmont Head Coach Melissa Hart shook up her starting lineup against Winchester by inserting junior Katlyn Noonan (4 points in the first quarter) and sophomore guard Gabrielle Joyal and was rewarded with a renewed committment to defense resulting in the Maruaders beating the Sachems, 57-39, at Belmont High School's Wenner Field House.
In addition to stellar defense under their basket – Olivia Lyons (11 points) grabbing double digits in rebounds while the Maruader's leading scorer, Katie Leinbach (15 points) had four block shots – Belmont spead the offensive wealth around as a season high 11 Maruaders got into the scoring column with role player Ashleigh Chinn racked up 8 points, 6 of those in the fourth quarter, where she played outstanding man-to-man defense.
Winchester was led by their star junior guard Elise Testa who scored 14 points (but only one in the second half) while a pair of the team's younger players – sophomore Deidrie Mascrorie (8 points) and freshman Ajetha Nadanasabesan (5 points) – contributed.
Boys' bench players take Belmont one step to playoffs
Belmont survived nearly eight minutes in the first half without a point before exploding for 18 points in the third quarter to beat Winchester going away, 59-37.
Belmont Head Coach Adam Pritchard started bench players senior Jack Ramsey (6 points) and junior Matt Levine (5 points) but relied on seniors Sam Musler (16 points including 3 three pointers) and John Dillon (14 points) to keep the Sachems at bay.
Winchester was led by junior captain Ryan Murphy with 13 points.