Monday, March 11, 2013
Westford Academy fell to Central Catholic on Saturday inside Lowell's Tsongas Center after scoring just two points in the final 4:55.
The Westford Academy girls basketball season came to end one game short of an appearance on the TD Garden parquet. But for the Lady Grey Ghosts, it was still a year to remember. Head coach Russ Coward’s charges grabbed a late lead against Central Catholic, but went cold the rest of the way and scored just two points in the final 4:55 of play. As a result, Westford was eliminated with a 60-51 loss on Saturday in the North Division 1 final. “We were hoping that in the big gym (of Lowell’s Tsongas Center) they wouldn’t shoot as well,” said Coward. “But they played great, and a team like that we just tried to play them tough. I don’t think people realize how quick they are. They’re all very quick, and they attack the hoop really well.” Despite…
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Though the Lady Grey Ghosts took a three-point lead in the fourth quarter, Central Catholic ran away with a 60-51 win in the North Division 1 final on Saturday in Lowell.
Westford Academy grabbed a late lead but went cold down the stretch as Central Catholic pulled out a 60-51 win in the North Division 1 girls basketball final at the Tsongas Center in Lowell. After the Lady Grey Ghosts took a three-point edge early in the fourth quarter, Central Catholic took over. Westford scored just two points in the final 4:55 of the contest. "We made two or three runs at them and were hoping they would crack, but they just totally didn't," said Grey Ghost head coach Russ Coward. "I'm proud of our girls, but obviously a little disappointed in the outcome." Check back with Westford Patch on Monday for complete coverage of Saturday's game. Are you a big fan of the Grey Ghosts? You'll also want to see:
Friday, March 8, 2013
The Grey Ghosts fought off a late Billerica charge to earn a 53-49 semifinal victory.
The Westford Academy girls basketball team held on. Now they're moving on. After leading early, the Grey Ghosts fought off a Billerica charge in the North Division 1 semifinal on Thursday night. Thanks to a 53-49 win, Westford Academy will play on Saturday in the bracket final. “In the first game against Billerica we missed some big free throws so it is kind of nice to come full circle, hit some key free throws and win it,” Westford Academy head coach Russ Coward told ESPNBoston.com following the victory. Junior forward Sam Hyslip led the charge for the Lady Grey Ghosts. She poured home 20 points and snagged 18 rebounds in the victory. Billerica handed Westford Academy one of its four losses during the regular season, a 57-53 decision on …
Friday, March 1, 2013
Westford Academy hosts Lexington at 4 p.m. on Sunday in the North Division 1 quarterfinal round.
The Westford Academy girls basketball team enjoyed its run to the Division 1 quarterfinal round last year. This year, they’re hoping to go at least another game farther. After a first round bye, the Lady Grey Ghosts thumped Revere, 70-35, in the opening round of the tournament. As a result, No. 3 Westford hosts No. 6 Lexington at 4 p.m. on Sunday in the same round it was eliminated in last season. “We are looking to hopefully get past this round this time around,” said head coach Russell Coward. “We feel like we have a good shot to make it to the neutral courts. Last year’s playoff loss is pretty motivating for them.” If the Grey Ghosts can manage another victory, they will advance to play in the semifinal round. A date and time have not …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Head Coach Russell Coward has the Westford Academy girls basketball team back in the playoffs again this year.
As part of a new feature, Patch will feature interviews with Westford Academy coaches on a weekly basis. Check back to learn more about the men and women on the sidelines leading the Grey Ghosts. This week's questions were answered by Russell Coward, head coach of the girls basketball team that this week clinched the Dual County League large school division regular season title. Coward is in his fifth year as the varsity coach after two years leading the JV team. What has been the key to the team's success this year? Two things - we have really focused on improving on defense as individuals and as a team. Over Christmas break we usually have alumni that come back to practice with the team. Asia Ewing, who plays at Stonehill, mentioned that…