HARVARD-Following the Lady Trojans decisive win over Murdock last week, they knew that a share of the league crown was theirs. Your mother always told you to share, but this is the one time where mama was wrong.
Bromfield marched their way to the Mid-Wach D league title with a 50-37 win over Maynard. Senior guard Casey Magrath was lights-out with a game-high 20 points, and four rebounds. Magrath and, Montana Burke were honored prior to the game.
Bromfield has already secured their spot in the districts, and right now is vying for a high seed come playoff time. While the seniors technically played their final game in their home gym, there is still a chance for at least one more.
The first round of the district tournament is played at host sites, and the Lady Trojans are hopeful at securing a first round game in Harvard.
Bromfield's Kirsten Sundeen and Amy Hunter wreaked havoc on Maynard's leading scorer Taylor Kapsimalis, by not allowing her to score. The Lady Trojans dominated the glass in the win holding a 37-25 advantage over the Lady Tigers. 17 of those boards fell into mitts of junior Suzanne Ross who also chipped in 13-points for a double-double.
"The game plan was to have Amy Hunter, and Kirsten Sundeen put a trap on Kapsimalis, and if the refs let them play, they let them play," said Dube. "Our seniors stepped up late in the game. This meant so much to them to get the league title, and they were not going to let it slip away."
Bromfield dominated play from the opening tip, and Magrath made it apparent that she was going to make her last game a memorable one. The Lady Trojans jumped out to a commanding 7-2 lead in the first quarter with nifty baskets from Magrath.
Bromfield's quick start prompted Maynard to burn their first time out, four minutes into the game. Out of the time-out, Magrath rose and canned a three-point missile from Sue Ross, to put Bromfield on top, 10-2. Maynard started to show signs of life late in the quarter as senior Anna Magnuson's runner put an end to the Lady Trojans' run.
Magnuson acted as a facilitator on the driving lay-up by Ashley Lees(team-high nine points), who was fouled in the act of shooting. Lees converted the lay-up, and the free-throw to bring the Tigers back within seven. Bromfield held a 14-9 advantage at the end of the opening quarter.
The Lady Trojans came out in the second quarter, and tried to create some breathing space. Burke uncorked a pure splashdown three-pointer from the top of the key, to extend their lead to 17-9, 10 seconds into the second. Magnuson would give the Tigers a new lease on life, and cut the deficit to four with a trifecta from the left elbow, to make it 17-13 with 4:41 remaining in the quarter.
As soon as the Tigers would look like they were clawing back into the game, Bromfield would snuff out their surges. Magrath knocked down a pair of free-throws to reclaim a four point lead after the Tigers had cut it to two on the previous possession. On the inbounds pass under the basket, freshman center Amanda Accorsi swiped the ball and put it back through the cylinder with grace.
Accorsi would score again on the Lady Trojans' next trip down the floor to push their lead to 23-15. At halftime, Bromfield took a 27-17 lead into the locker room.
In the second half, Bromfield just could not put the Tigers to rest. Turnovers plagued the Lady Trojans in the second half as they committed 11. The misplays allowed Maynard to hang around in the third. Lees converted a basket late in the third to help the Tigers draw within four as the quarter ended at 35-31, but in the fourth Bromfield dropped the hatchet.
Back to back baskets from Magrath clinched the League title for Bromfield, as Maynard ran out of energy in the fourth.
It is the first outright league championship for the Lady Trojans since 2008. Bromfield (14-3,10-1) now prepares for the Blackstone Valley Tournament, where they will meet Hopedale in the opening round.