BOYLSTON -- Bromfield stumbled into Tuesday night's game at Tahanto fatigued. The Lady Trojans were drained from playing at South Lancaster Academy the night before, and the weary legs started to show in the second half of the game. Bromfield fell, 65-44, and it drops to 4-14 on the season.
"This is just life with a young team," First-year Bromfield head coach Mike Davidson said. "Twenty-four hours ago we are playing South Lancaster, and we are down 18 at the half. We came storming back from down 18 and got it to four. We had a chance to tie with two seconds left. They expended so much mental energy to comeback in the second half against South Lancaster then they had to play another game today, it's hard."
Both teams weathered woeful starts from the field in the first quarter. Three minutes into the game, Bromfield junior captain Amy Jorgensen broke the stalemate with a converted free throw to make it 1-0. Tahanto and Bromfield traded baskets for the better part of the opening frame before the Lady Stags gained their first lead of the night on a pull-up jumper by O'Day to make it, 10-9.
Bromfield junior co-captain Maegan Cullinan was fouled following a steal and drive to the basket. Cullinan converted one-of-two from the line to tie the game at 10-10. However, Bromfield would battle for the final shot of the first quarter.
Kate Connors tore down a rebound on the right block and kissed her shot off the top of the window and in with 0.2 seconds remaining to give the Lady Trojans a 13-12 lead at the end of one.
The Lady Trojans held a total of three leads in the game, none of which were by more than three points. Tahanto used a 15-2 run to start the second quarter and extend its lead out to 11 behind the strong play of O'Day and Bridget Looney. Tahanto held a nine point lead at the half, 28-19.
Bromfield came out sluggish to start the second half. The Lady Stags hit Bromfield with an 9-3 run to push its lead out to 13. Tahanto led by as much as 15 points in the third quarter. Bromfield attempted to peck away at the Lady Stags lead with baskets from Amanda Accorsi and Hanna LoChiatto. O'Day and the Tahanto offense kept pouring in buckets to take a commanding 20 point lead, 49-29, at the end of three.
Although the game seemed pretty much out of its reach, Bromfield continued to battle and force turnovers with its full-court press. Davidson's young Lady Trojans refused to pack it in and battled to the final horn.
"I am not giving them a free pass for how they played tonight," the coach said. "They were awful, and I think they know that. I told them this is one of those games you need to throw into the garbage can. It's really hard when you're down 19 points to play hard, knowing that it (the comeback) is probably not going to happen. Some things to build on: we know we have girls who have it in their heart to play to the final buzzer. I know that is going to help us down the road."