HARWICH – for the majority of her high school basketball career, senior Christiana Fontaine has played for the junior varsity squad. But on Feb. 12, she was brought up to varsity, who honored her with a truly unforgettable Senior Night celebration.
Prior to the start of the Sharks game against the Sturgis West Navigators, Fontaine and West's lone senior, Isabella DeBlois, were lauded, with Fontaine receiving flowers from not only the basketball team, but also the girls golf team by way of volunteer coach Jack Farrell. Behind her, a gathering of family and friends cheered wildly, some holding up a banner reading “You'll always be our MVP Christiana!”
Then it was game time, with Fontaine taking the floor as one of the starters for the Sharks, who took an early lead against the Navigators and didn't look back.
It became a game in which every player on the court scored, with Melissa Velasquez leading the way with 13 points overall, getting started in the first quarter with a nice three-pointer as the Sharks outscored the Navs 10-2 in the opening frame. Also shooting a sweet three-pointer in the first was Fontaine, much to the delight of her cheering section and teammates.
The second quarter was more balanced between the teams, but Monomoy never relinquished its lead, netting another 11 points to West's seven on shots from Maddie Crossen, Velasquez, and Caroline DiGiovanni as the Sharks took a 21-9 edge into the break.
After halftime, Monomoy head coach Pete Richer seized the opportunity to sub in more of his bench, with Maggie Dever and Courtney Kelley adding to the Sharks' total with six points and a successful free throw respectively.
In the final quarter, each player on the court landed a shot, including Velasquez, who added another three-pointer. She was joined in scoring by Erica Slade, Michaela Crossen, AJ Gates, and Fontaine.
Overall, along with Velasquez's 13, were six each from Maddie Crossen and Maggie Dever, five points from Fontaine, four from Caroline DiGiovanni, three from Leah Nash, two each from Lucy Mawn, Michaela Crossen, Slade, Helen DiGiovanni, and Gates, and one point from Kelley.
“It was a great way to send Christiana off,” said Richer. “She's such a good kid, and has been so helpful to the program. It was great to see her have fun, get a lot of playing time, and score some points.”
Richer was thrilled that every player that got into the game managed to score points.
“It's just fantastic,” he said. “Shoutout to the whole team. They supported each other, supported Christiana, and it's nice to see that camaraderie.”
Richer said that bond would be helpful for the Sharks as they fought for a tournament berth in their last regular season games.
“Absolutely important,” he said. “We've got two more and would like to finish those off strong and be as ready as possible for the tournament.”
At press time the Sharks were set to take on Falmouth Academy in their final game of the regular season. After the West win, the Sharks lost a heartbreaker to Cape Cod Academy with a final score of 38-36, in which Caroline DiGiovanni scored 11 points, with Maddie Crossen adding seven, and Nash and Velasquez six each.
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