The Lady Canalmen are playing some of their best basketball of the season right now, and the timing is right as the state tournament begins next week.
“That’s tournament basketball,” coach Mike Tierney said of his team’s performance last night in their 52-37 victory over Martha’s Vineyard. “You’ve got to be able to play clean. That’s what we did.” Bourne had just four fouls all night.
With a final regular season record of 18-2, Tierney expects his team will be one of the top two seeds when the MIAA announces the pairings tomorrow. With Abington’s loss in overtime last night, the chances are good that Bourne will be the top seed.
Bourne jumped on visiting Martha’s Vineyard early as Brie Girouard and Stacie Tonello hooked up on several nice plays underneath. The Vineyarders came back to tie the game, but Tonello and Girouard hooked up for another couple of runs at the hoop in the final minute giving BHS a 13-6 lead after the first quarter.
MV tied the game again in the second quarter, but Girouard set up Shelby Corsano down low and Tonello hit four quick points to put Bourne back on top. Amanda Pomeroy and Tonello scored down the stretch for a 25-19 lead at the half.
Bourne held MV scoreless for the first three minutes of the third quarter. Girouard and Chelsea Doucette did a nice job off the offensive glass as Bourne pulled out to a 38-30 lead after three quarters.
Quick accurate passing and physical defense by Bourne took the Vineyarders out of the game in the fourth as the Lady Canalmen build a 15-point lead with 2:46 to play and held it the rest of the way.
Tonello led all scorers with 18 points and Girouard had a triple-double, with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists and Pomeroy hit some timely points finishing with 10. Doucette also had 10 points and hauled down 13 rebounds.
Monday night Walpole kept the contest within a few points, until with two minutes to play Pomeroy hit a 3-pointer from the right side baseline to give Bourne a six-point lead, which was enough as the Lady Canalmen held on for a 59-51 win.
The visiting Rebels took a quick lead, going up 12-4 in the first quarter, before Girouard hit a jump shot and Tonello came up with a steal, which she took the length of the court and banked in off the glass. Corsano then cut the lead to one point in the final minute, but Walpole (11-8) came back to take a 14-11 lead at the end of the opening quarter.
Pomeroy and Tonello hit back-to-back jump shots to open the second quarter, giving Bourne a 15-14 lead, but the Rebels quickly answered. Corsano pulled up and hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key midway through the second and Tonello tied the game at 21-21 with a 3-pointer as the Lady Canalmen fought to get inside on the Rebels, who had a height advantage and played a tough, physical zone defense.
A nice pass from Girouard to Tonello cutting to the basket put Bourne on top and a jumper by Girouard with 10 seconds on the clock left the Canalmen with a 26-25 advantage at halftime.
Chelsea Doucette kept Bourne on top in the opening minute of the third, but the Rebels built a six-point lead midway through the quarter. Tonello set up Girouard underneath for a couple of points and then Corsano stole the ball and raced the length of the floor for a lay-up. Girouard then drove the lane, bouncing a shot in off the glass to put BHS up 38-37.
Walpole reclaimed the lead, but Tonello tied it with a nice move to the net. Two free throws with 14 seconds left in the third by Molly Neil left the Lady Canalmen with a 43-41 edge entering the final eight minute stretch.
Walpole took an early lead in the fourth, but a steal at midcourt by Tonello, which she took to the hoop, tied the game. Doucette then took a pass from Pomeroy and banked one in as Bourne pulled ahead 49-47 with five minutes to play.
Girouard and Doucette, who had both battled the Rebel’s big girls under the basket all night, got it going down the stretch. If Walpole attempted to take away one, the other made them pay.
Girouard put BHS up 51-47 with a jumper at the 4:41 mark, followed on Bourne’s next possession by a 3-pointer from Doucette. The Rebels turned it up and cut the lead to 54-51, but Pomeroy’s 3-pointer staggered the Rebels, forcing then to foul. Bourne kept the ball in the hands of Girouard and Doucette, who each went to the line in the final minute.
The Bourne defense forced Walpole’s Summer King, who had been deadly accurate inside, to the outside of the 3-point arc in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, from where the low percentage shots were not falling. King finished as the game-high scorer with 28 points.
Girouard led Bourne with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Corsano ended the night with 13 points, including two 3-pointers. Doucette had 11 points and 11 rebounds and Tonello added 10 points.