The Lady Canalmen needed a big win and that’s just what they got Tuesday as they pounded visiting Fairhaven 69-43. Bourne opened an 11-1 lead, not allowing the Blue Devils on the scoreboard for nearly five minutes. The best Fairhaven could muster in the final three minutes of the first quarter was a jumpshot by Mariah Nicholas as BHS took a 16-3 lead into the second.
Under the net Chelsea Doucette (11 rebounds) and Bri Girouard (10 rebounds) came up big for Bourne. Defensively the Lady Canalmen didn’t let the Blue Devils inside, forcing them to take low percentage outside shots that wouldn’t fall. Controlling the boards, Bourne pushed the tempo of the game, with quick ball movement and accurate shooting.
In the second quarter the Lady Canalmen gave Fairhaven more of the same as they built a 31-8 lead in the first five minutes, outscoring the Blue Devils 15-5. Doucette had nine of her 20 points for the night in the second quarter. With 1:39 left in the half Bourne led 33-11, but two free throws and a 3-point play by Nicholas made the score 33-16 at the half.
Stacie Tonello got Bourne rolling after the break with a shot from down low, which she followed up on the next trip up the floor with a jumper. Tonello finished the night with 12 points.
Girouard took over the middle of the third hitting a couple from the line, after which she stole the ball and banked it in for two more points. The next time down the court Girouard hit a jumper to put BHS up 43-22. Girouard finished the night with 18 points.
Doucette and Girouard each hit again and Molly Neil sank one to give Bourne a 49-27 lead by the end of the third quarter.
Tonello drove to the glass to open the fourth and then backed off on Bourne’s next possession and hit a 3-pointer. Doucette followed with a drive up the middle and Bourne pulled out to a 56-27 lead.
The Lady Canalmen slowed the pace the rest of the way. Shelby Corsano, who did a nice job setting up the plays, banked one in off the backboard and Girouard split the defense and drove up the middle for a lay-up. Amanda Pomeroy, who finished with 11 points, then sank a 3-pointer. Pomeroy and Doucette finished off the scoring for Bourne.
“Fairhaven was playing to get into the tournament,” coach Mike Tierney said after the game. “They need one more win. They’re a tournament team. We’ve had a tough stretch lately, but we played very well tonight.”
The Lady Canalman closed a 39-28 Notre Dame lead in the fourth quarter Monday to tie the game at 41-41 and send it into overtime.
“We thought we had it,” coach Mike Tierney explained, “with 2.9 seconds to play I called a timeout. We got the shot we wanted, but missed.”
The Cougars (10-7) opened the overtime with two points from the free throw line, but that was all they’d see, as Amanda Pomeroy put up three points, Chelsea Doucette added another and Stacie Tonello put the game in the bag with a 3-pointer to give BHS a 48-43 victory.
“Amanda and Stacie gave us the points we needed in the overtime,” Tierney said, “but Chelsea had a great fourth quarter. She and Bri (Girouard) got us there. Chelsea scored 13 of her 15 points in the second half and eight of those in the fourth quarter.”
Doucette and Girouard both finished with a double-double for the Lady Canalmen with 15 points and 10 rebounds each.
The game got off to a slow start with the score just 7-7 by the end of the first quarter. Notre Dame picked up the pace in the second to take a 21-15 lead at halftime.
“We missed a lot of high percentage scoring chances,” the coach said of his team’s first half performance. “We came out in the third quarter and it wasn’t much better. We weren’t executing.”
The Cougars increased their lead to 11 points (39-28) in the fourth quarter, but Doucette and Girouard went on a run and closed the gap.
“We’re playing some really good teams right now and that’s what you want going into the tournament,” Tierney said. “These kinds of games are helping us get ready.”
Bourne lost in overtime Friday night to Wareham, 55-53. The Vikings tied the game in the final seconds from the free throw line, as Amber Filkins hit both shots. Her second free throw was her 1,000th high school career point.
Defensively the Lady Canalmen struggled, while offensively four BHS players finished in double figures. Corsano and Girouard each had a dozen points, Doucette had 11 and Tonello added 10. Bourne hit seven 3-pointers over the course of the game.
Bourne travels to Old Rochester tomorrow night. Monday the Lady Canalmen will host Walpole (9-7) at 6:30 PM in the opening round of a season-ending four-team tournament that also includes Martha’s Vineyard and Falmouth. The consolation and championship rounds will be held next Wednesday at Bourne.