Playing twice in as many days Attleboro traveled to Milford to take on the Hawks, who had won just 3 games. The girls in blue got off to a sluggish start but once Emily Houle tied the score, following an opening basket by Milford’s 6’2” Jessica Pye, and hoops by Sarah Deyo, Houle and Kerri Beland the Bombardiers held a slight 8-4 advantage as the horn sounded to end the first quarter.
First half turn overs plagued the Bombardiers but free throw shooting by Houle, Beland and a basket and free throw by Kim Runey gave Attleboro a 15-8 lead. Beth Clifton’s shot inside matched a Milford basket but with the score 17-10 the Hawks went on a 6 point run, before a put back by Bri LaPlume gave Attleboro a 3 point advantage. A Milford basket at the buzzer ended the half with Attleboro holding a slim 19-18 lead.
Milford opened the second half with a score to take over the lead. LaPlume answered to put Attleboro back in front, 21-20. A free throw by Milford’s Pye knotted the score and a 3 by Miyares put the Hawks in the lead, 24-21. Free throws by Attleboro’s LaPlume, followed by a turn around inside the lane by LaPlume put the Bombardiers back in front. LaPlume continued to work hard inside, against the taller Pye, who drew her third foul and was forced to the bench. Bri made good on 2 more free throws and Attleboro held a 3 point advantage. A Milford free throw brought the Hawks to within 2 of the Bombardiers but that was the closest they were to come for the remainder of the game. A hoop by Kerri Beland and a put-back by Beland increased the Attleboro lead. A Sarah Deyo buzzer beater gave the Bombardiers a 33-27 lead, as the quarter came to a close.
The opening of the final 8 minutes saw the Hawks Pye sitting on the bench, with 5 fouls. It was here that Attleboro went on a 9 point run, with Laplume scoring 4 Clifton 3 and Deyo 2. With 2:47 remaining in the contest and Milford down by 10 the Hawks were forced to foul. LaPlume, Runey and Cassie Vivar all hit on their 2 free throws, closing out the game with an Attleboro 50-36 win!
LaPlume led all scorers with 16 points and 7 rebounds. On defense Bri held Milford’s 6’2” Jesssica Pye to 9 points and Pye was unable to successfully defend LaPlume inside, eventually leading to her 5th foul.
Kerri Beland contributed 8 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Kim Runey had 7 points and 5 rebounds, while Emily Houle added 6 points and 8 rebounds. Beth Clifton helped out with 5 points and 9 boards while Freshman Sarah Deyo had 6 points and 3 steals. Once again it was the free throw shooting of the Bombardiers that sealed the victory, hitting on 18-23.
Attleboro now stands at 10-4 and 7-3 in the Hockomock League’s Kelley-Rex Division. The team travels to North Attleboro on Tuesday. An Attleboro win would clinch a spot in post season tournament play. Game time, 6:30.