Balance Propels Braintree to Big Win (Video)
Posted on January 12th 2013
Mike Abelson - New England Prep Stars
NEEDHAM, Mass. – The top-ranked Braintree girls basketball team flexed their muscles yet again in a 57-35 Bay State Conference win over Needham last night.
The host Rockets came out strong early, and had the game tied at six midway through the period. Once the Wamps hit their rhythm they put up 12 straight points to end the quarter up 18-6 and it was total Braintree control from there.
The Wamps extended the lead to 18 at halftime and 29 at the end of three quarters. Braintree’s height advantage gave the Wamps numerous second and third chances opportunities, and they converted.
Sophomore forward Molly Reagan ’15 led all scorers with 16 points. Senior Rachel Norton '13 scored 10 points and, according to coach Kristen McDonnell, helped provide a strong, veteran presence on a very young team.
“[Rachel’s] leadership is outstanding,” McDonnell said. “Unfortunately it’s not on the stat sheet, but what she does to the level of play and intensity when she’s on the court is amazing.”
The sisters Herlihy, Bridget and Brianna, combined for seven points and hustled on both ends of the court.
“They’re tough,” McDonnell said. “I think that’s the tough thing with our team; when you take one person out another steps up. Especially with those two having the one-two punch of being able to play guard or forward it definitely makes it hard to matchup with them.”
--- Braintree senior Alyssa Klotzbeecher '13 scored nine points off the bench.
--- Needham seniors Molly Strakoscch '13 and Maddy Ganser '13 (pictured below) led the Rockets offensively. Strakoscch pumped in a team-high 10 points and the Holy Cross-bound Ganser added eight points and led the Rockets on the glass.
--- The Rockets outscored Braintree 13-8 in the fourth quarter. McDonnell said it was the first time she could remember her team being outscored in a quarter this season.
--- Looming on the horizon for Braintree is a date with Springfield (Ore.) next weekend at the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass. The Wamps will have to defend Tennessee-bound Mercedes Russell, the top-ranked high school player in the country.