HARVARD -- The 2013-14 season has been quite a learning experience for the senior-less Lady Trojans. Bromfield has made its offensive presence known throughout the season, but in the first quarter of Saturday's game with Blackstone-Millville Regional, the Lady Trojans were outscored, 22-6.
Sophomore center Amanda Accorsi (eight points, seven rebounds) netted a pair of back-to-back baskets to tie the game with under a minute left. Accorsi, then netted a pair of free throws to lift Bromfield past the Chargers, 45-44.
However, in the second frame, Bromfield's defense finally did what head coach Mike Davidson has been hoping for.
"We started talking about how our offense is fine -- it's been the defense that has been losing a lot of our games," Davidson said. "I really wanted to put an emphasis on preventing points, rather than scoring points. That first quarter was exactly what I didn't want. In the second quarter and pretty much the rest of the game, we played some really good game."
Blackstone-Millville's offense trotted out to a commanding 22-6 run five minutes into the first quarter. Bromfield's cold-spell lasted only momentarily as the momentum quickly shifted in the Lady Trojans' favor. Bromfield turned the tables on the Chargers and outscored them, 20-5, in the second.
The Lady Trojans began the second on a 12-2 run behind the steady-hand of Lexi Norcross, who scored all 10 of her points in the frame. Bromfield continued to put the pressure on Blackstone-Millville's offense with its effective use of the 2-3 zone.
The Lady Trojans' zone was a large factor in the Bromfield comeback. Lady Trojans freshman Hannah LoChiatto drove into the teeth of the Charger defense and kissed a layup off the glass with less than a minute remaining in the half to bring Bromfield back within one at 27-26.
The Bromfield defense had a pair of isolated incidences in the third quarter that allowed Blackstone-Millville to stretch its lead to 37-30 with 2:15 remaining. However, junior Amy Jorgensen helped kick-start the Bromfield comeback bid with a pair of free throws. Next, Accorsi converted on a slicing drive to the basket to bring her team within three, 37-34, early in the fourth.Blackstone Millville's Lauren Gagnon, who had a game-high 20 points, helped keep the Bromfield offense honest for much of the final quarter.
And then the turnover bug nipped the Chargers. Strong defense under the basket by Abbey Pacl helped to facilitate the Lady Trojans' late game sprint.
A Bromfield foul with two seconds left gave Gagnon and the Chargers a chance to force overtime, but her shot clanged off the back iron. With the win, Bromfield improves to 5-14 on the season.
LoChiatto finished with 10 points for Bromfield.
"This is a good win," the coach said. " We got another big contribution from Lexi Norcross again. Amy (Jorgensen) isn't filling up the scorebook, but she is a steady player for us, who makes the right decisions. We wanted to win one before the season ended. We didn't want to end the season on a seven-game losing streak."