The girls basketball team started its TD Garden debut Tuesday night in the same way it started a lot games at BHS. Of course, the fact that the hundreds of fans that came out to see the game were able to watch their hometown team on the JumboTron was a little different; and watching the replays of great shots in slow motion was nice too. The only thing missing was play-by-play from Tom Heinsohn – and he would have loved this game.
The Wamps went up 6-0 in the early going on scoring by Ashley Russell, Molly Reagan and Jen Guen. Meanwhile, Paige Marshall did a masterful job with assistance from Rachel Norton of holding Nicole Boudreau to just a handful of points in the first three quarters. Andover was touted as the number one team in Massachusetts, and in the Massey Ratings they are 59th in the country. The Andover coach obviously didn’t expect this start from his girls or from the Wamps, and Braintree led after the first quarter 13-7.
The second quarter saw the score change back and forth. The Wamps still had a handle on the game. Late in the second quarter, the Wamps were helped when Rachel Norton and Bridget Herlihy forced a turnover, stole the ball and an Andover player on the floor passed the ball to Paige Marshall, who wasted no time in getting two points. Braintree went into the half with a two-point lead, 25-23.
The third quarter saw more defense by both teams and Braintree still had a slim lead 34-33 at the end. In the fourth quarter, Andover’s Nicole Boudreau, kept quiet most of the night by Braintree’s defense, sank a couple of three-point shots, giving Andover a six-point and largest lead of the night. The Wamps offense that had kept the game so close all night was unable to penetrate the Warrior defense and Andover pulled away.
The Lady Wamps Basketball team has given Braintree a lot to cheer about this year. Before closing the book on the 2011-2012 season, let’s reflect on the tremendous accomplishments of this hometown team.
We will also welcome Paige and Annie Kate to our ranks as fans. Finally we look to a bright future, a very bright future. Great work this year Wamps!! You have made us all very, very proud.
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