HARVARD -- The Lady Trojans (7-1, 3-0 Mid-Wach D) may not be the most basketball savvy bunch, but they do have heart and athleticism. Bromfield used an 11-0 run midway through the third quarter to pull past a potent West Boylston lineup, 41-36.
Bromfield's stifling defense in the second half wreaked havoc on the Lions, causing them to wear down as the half waged on.
Montana Burke led the Lady Trojans with 11 points and eight rebounds.
"We picked up our defensive intensity in the second half," said Bromfield head coach Mike Dube. "We put two or three different girls on Petersen in the second half. We knew we would pick up some fouls, but we really frustrated her at the end of the game."
West Boylston's Amy Petersen scored a game-high 15 points and pulled down six rebounds.
The Lions started the first quarter on a 5-2 run with a key layup by Kaitlynn Rizzuto to push the score to 5-2 with 5:30 remaining. Suzanne Ross (six points, nine rebounds) cut the deficit to one on a layup high off the glass 30 seconds later off a stellar bounce-pass from Casey Magrath (10 points, seven rebounds) to make it 5-4.
The Lions closed the quarter with a steal by Petersen, who dished it to Jenna Coviello for a reverse layup to push West Boylston's lead to 11-8 at the end of the first quarter.
Ross powered through the lane with authority and converted on a layup from the right block to halt the Lions' 5-0 run with 7:05 remaining in the second quarter. Rylee Osgood stole the ball under the basket and hit Magrath on an outlet pass down the left side.
The Lions outscored Bromfield 6-1 in the final stretch of the first-half, but the Lady Trojans' defensive intensity was beginning to heat up. Petersen knocked down a pair of free-throws with 22 seconds left to give the Lions a 19-13 lead at the break.
Something happened inside the Lady Trojans' locker room at halftime. A different Bromfield team emerged, eager to defend their home floor. Depth is something that you either have or you don't, and the Lady Trojans have plenty. Trailing by as much as nine in the third quarter, Bromfield licked their wounds and settled in defensively.
The Lady Trojans surrendered a layup to Coviello with 2:24 remaining in the third quarter, which pushed the Lions lead to 24-18. Bromfield's defense then went into lockdown mode, and helped to spark an 11-0 Lady Trojans run.
Bromfield's late third-quarter spurt started with a nifty crossover by Magrath, who drove to the basket with her left hand to make it 24-20 with 2:24 left.
Sophomore Amanda Accorsi came off the bench and made an immediate impact, knocking down an eight-foot jumper off a screen with 1:00 left in the quarter, to cut the Lions' lead to 24-23. Elly Vandaavart corralled a pass from Kirsten Sundeen at the foul line and flushed it to give the Lady Trojans' their first lead of the game 25-24, as time expired on the third quarter.
Accorsi and Ross rattled home back-to-back baskets pushing their lead to 29-24 a minute into the fourth. Petersen canned a deep three-point bomb to end a Lions' dry spell of 3:38 and bring them back within two at 29-27.
West Boylston gave the Lady Trojans a scare midway through the fourth quarter, when Coviello drove through the lane and converted a layup from the left block to give the Lions a lead with 5:30 left in the game.
Magrath would then move the ball up the floor and find Ross from the elbow for the trifecta to put the Lady Trojans back out in front, 34-33. Bromfield would eventually pull away after a couple threats by the Lions midway through the fourth quarter. Montana Burke hit a pair of clutch free-throws in the waning seconds to secure the win. Amy Hunter recorded two steals with her tenacious defense and hustle.