HARVARD -- For the first seven minutes of action on Saturday afternoon, the Bromfield girls' basketball team was near perfect. The Lady Trojans scored the first 14 points of the game, as part of a 25-3 run to open things up in an easier-than-it-looked 53-42 non-league victory over Clinton.
I was a little concerned about how we might start considering we had struggled with slow starts and were coming off a 10 day stretch of not playing," said Bromfield coach Mike Dube. "We wanted to make a quick start a priority tonight and the girls responded. Now, we need to work on maintain the intensity throughout, but overall I am pleased with the effort."
Getting her first varsity start, Hanna LoChiatto made her mark early. The eighth-grader came out and scored her team's first six points on a pair of lay-ups and eight-foot jumper to get the Lady Trojans off to a quick start.
We made some changes to the starting line-up to try to spark some things and it worked," said Dube. Hanna was big in the early going and showed a lot of poise in the early going."
Also, instrumental to the 25-3 game-starting spring was point guard Casey Magrath. The senior scored four points, but ran the offense to near perfection, handing out six assists in the first quarter. Amy Jorgensen and scored four points as did Suzanne Ross, whose lay-up off a Magrath look made it a 22-point game before the Lady Gaels scored the final four points of the opening quarter to make it 25-7 after eight minutes of play.
Casey had a solid all-around game for us and her passing in the early going set us up for some easy buckets," said Dube. "I thought our defense was strong as well. When you force 14 turnovers in a quarter, you are going to get a lot of chances and we converted on most of them."
The lead grew to 29-8 after Magrath set up buckets by Montana Burke and Amanda Accorsi. When Magrath picked up her third foul with six minutes to go in the first half, the Bromfield offense stalled out, producing only four points over the remainder of the quarter. Defensively though, the Lady Trojans continued their solid play, allowing only seven points by Clinton on 4 of 19 shooting as the lead was 33-15 heading to the locker rooms.
In the third quarter, the teams played to a near draw as the Lady Gaels held an 11-10 edge in scoring, keyed by four points from Alexis Dylewicz. Magrath continued her big day for Bromfield by scoring four points and adding a pair of assists before leaving late in the quarter with a knee injury.
Clinton drew to with 14 early in the final quarter, but the Lady Trojans put away any thoughts of a comeback with an 8-2 run to ice the game. Burke scored four points while Ross and Kristen Sundeen added a bucket apiece to push the lead to 52-32. The Lady Gaels made a late run, scoring 10 of the game's final 11 points, but it was not enough as Bromfield improved to 3-1 with the 11-point win.
It looked like we got tired later in the game which I kind of expected after being off for a week and a half," said Dube. "Defensively, I thought we were solid throughout. We did a good job on the boards but can improve. There are a lot of positives to take from this, but also there were some things that came up that we will have to work on."
Burke paced the Lady Trojans with 13 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, eight steals and three blocked shots. Magrath (10 assists and eight steals) and Ross (11 boards and five steals) finished with eight points apiece while LoChiatto chipped in six points and four steals.
Jill Hazel led Clinton with 19 points and five rebounds. Monique Daniels finished with seven points, nine rebounds, three steals and three blocks while Angela Pollatta (eight boards and three steals) and Amelia Gonyea scored six points each.