Bourne Girls Basketball Falls In South Semifinals
By: Dan Crowley, March 6, 2014
The top-seeded Bourne Lady Canalmen (19-2) held the upper hand throughout the opening quarter last night in the MIAA Division 3 South Sectional semifinal game over 12th-seeded Archbishop Williams (14-11) at Massasoit Community College in Brockton. The Bishops tied the game midway through the second quarter and edged ahead at the break by a score of 24-19. A run by Archbishop Williams midway through the third left Bourne playing catch-up in a 55-44 victory for the Bishops.
Stacie Tonello hit a 3-pointer to open the second half and Chelsea Doucette followed with a jump shot. A Doucette 3-pointer from the top of the key cut the Bishop’s lead to two points, but Archbishop Williams sophomore Victoria Dean hit a 3-pointer with 3:02 left in the third, opening a 9-4 scoring run that left Bourne trailing 40-32 entering the final eight minute stretch.
Tonello banked in another 3-pointer to open the fourth and Shelby Corsano followed with a steal, taking the ball the length of the court for a lay-up, cutting the Bishop’s lead to three points.
Alana Gilmer then hit from outside the arc, opening a three-minute stretch in which the Lady Canalmen managed just three points from the line. Gilmer, the game’s leading scorer with 31 points, scored 10 points in the fourth quarter push for the Bishops.
Bri Girouard snapped the brief dry run for Bourne with a jump shot and then she dished the ball inside on the next trip down the floor to Tonello for a lay-up. But the clock was against the Lady Canalmen. With just under a minute to play, and trailing by five, Gilmer sank another 3-pointer to put the Bishops up 52-44.
The only scoring after Gilmer’s 3-pointer in the final minute, was another bomb from outside the arc, this time by Dean with five seconds on the clock to seal the win.
Archbishop Williams played a tough physical game inside, which ran head-on into Bourne’s solid 2-3 zone defense causing the Bishops to pick up nine fouls in the first half and keep the scoring down. Bourne pushed hard on the offensive end, but didn’t hesitate to step back and shoot the long ball, which the Bishops contested. Defensively, both teams played very well, but on offense the Bishops held an edge in size and used Gilmer effectively down low.
The Lady Canalmen faced a very determined opponent in their state tournament opening round, as they took on eighth-seeded Rockland and battled the Bulldogs into the final minutes of the fourth quarter, before winning 45-41. Doucette led all scorers with 21 points. She gave BHS a 22-21 lead at the half and then battled underneath the basket for the final two quarters, leading a comeback to tie the game. She cut the Rockland lead to 32-28 at the end of the third quarter with a jumper in the final seconds and then nailed down the win in the final six seconds of the game with two shots from the line.