Bourne Girls Come Up Short
By: Dan Crowley
Ryann Chase tore up the court Tuesday night, but the Lady Canalmen (4-10) couldn’t stop Greater New Bedford Voke’s Stephanie Antoine, who scored 30 points and was a force off the glass in a 63-47 victory for the Bears (11-7).
Chase led BHS with 20 points, did a nice job in transition, and played a tough game underneath the basket. Caitlin Gilley and Hannah Gasper chipped in with eight and seven points, respectively, and each drained a three-pointer. Kayleigh Dube played aggressive defense.
A physical, and fast-paced fourth quarter Monday with Bourne and Falmouth (9-7) trading points over the course of eight minutes ended in favor of the Clippers as Falmouth survived with a 47-46 victory.
The Lady Canalmen held a 29-28 lead after three quarters of play, but Bourne was in foul trouble. Midway through the final quarter Hannah Gasper and Kayleigh Dube fouled out, leaving Bourne without two of their big guns for the stretch run.
“One of the things that got to us was that we got into foul trouble early,” Coach Karl Armstrong said. “Hannah picked up three fouls in the first quarter. We didn’t handle it very well. We got frustrated and as a team we made some careless mistakes. We just weren’t able to overcome our frustration.”
Mary Kay Robinson opened the final quarter for the Clippers with a three-pointer. Alison O’Kane nearly answered as she drained a jumper from just inside the three-point arc. Falmouth then took a one-point lead at 33-32 and held it for almost two minutes until Lindsay Rice knocked down a shot to put BHS back on top 34-33.
Falmouth inched ahead, but another three-pointer from O’Kane, followed by a steal that she took the length of the court put the Lady Canalmen up 39-35.
O’Kane came up with another steal at the two-minute mark and hit Ryann Chase on the fast break. Chase and O’Kane then reversed roles for two more points, but an eight-point run by Falmouth put the Clippers ahead by five.
O’Kane nailed another three-pointer from the top of the key with 15 seconds on the clock to make it a one-point game. The Lady Canalmen had a chance in the final three seconds off an inbound play at center court, but the shot missed.
Caitlin Gilley and Gasper opened the scoring for Bourne, but foul trouble held Gasper to just four points in the first half and the team lost Gilley for most of the first half after she was hit in the face with the ball. By the end of the opening quarter Bourne held a 10-6 lead.
Dube did a nice job off the glass in the second quarter for Bourne, but Falmouth was winning most of the rebounds. The Clippers kept pace staying within two or three points until, with a minute remaining in the half, Chase stole the ball and raced the length of the court for a layup. O’Kane then stole an inbound pass and hit Chase on the run for two more as Bourne took a 21-16 lead at halftime.
Gilley returned in the second half, doing a nice job defensively.
“We couldn’t get that third player into double figures,” Armstrong pointed out. “That, and when you can’t make the free throws, it’s hard to win.”
Bourne was 0-for-5 in the first half from the line and finished the night two-for-nine. Chase led all scorers with 18 points, O’Kane finished with 16 points, including four treys. The Clippers struggled as well from the line, shooting just five-for-20.
“I have to give our young ladies credit,” Coach Armstrong added. “They worked hard, played aggressive, and did everything I asked.”
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