The Attleboro High School girls varsity basketball will enter the postseason with momentum. The Bombardiers finished the regular season Wednesday at home with a 46-42 victory over Durfee.
The game opened with Durfee taking a 4-0, but a three-point shot by Kirsten Terrien and a layup by Beth Clifton gave the Bombardiers a 5-4 lead. Point guard Abby Oliver took a Durfee charge, and two free throws by Clifton combined with a 10-foot shot by Kerri Beland put the girls in blue up 9-6. A quick three by Durfee and a buzzer-beater basket gave the Hilltoppers an 11-9 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Durfee went on a 5-0 run in the second quarter before a free throw by Emily Houle put the Bombardiers on the board. A put-back by Terrien, score by Clifton and successful shot from behind the arc by Kim Runey gave Attleboro more points, but the Bombardiers went into the locker room trailing 22-17.
Terrien opened the third quarter scoring consecutive threes, giving Attleboro a 23-22 point lead. The lead was short-lived as Durfee ran off six unanswered points. Field goals by LaPlume and Clifton as well as successful free throws by LaPlume brought Attleboro to within three. Houle's three-pointer tied the score and a two-point basket by Clifton gave Attleboro a 34-32 lead going into the fourth quarter.
In the final stanza, it was the Bombardiers' free-throw shooting that ensured the victory. With time running out, the Hilltoppers were forced to put the girls in blue on the free-throw line. Shooting seven for 13 from the charity stripe along with a put-back by Runey and a three-pointer by Terrien (her fourth of the game) gave the home team their 12th victory of the season.
Terrien and Clifton led the Attleboro scoring with 14 points each and LaPlume pulled down 14 rebounds.
The final regular season game for the girls in blue was also Senior Recognition Night. Honored by their teammates were Sara Blackwell, Oliver, Bri Hochwarter, Makaila Lombardy and Terrien. Hochwarter, who has been sidelined her junior and senior years with ACL problems, stepped on the court for the tip-off and teammate Makaila Lombardy tapped the ball to her, after which she returned to the bench to the applause of the Attleboro fans.
With a 12-10 record, the Bombardiers wait for the tournament pairings to be announced.
The freshmen and junior varsity teams made it a 3-0 night for Attleboro. Maddie Turner scored 12 points while leading the freshmen to a 44-28 win. The JVs earned a 48-39 victory with Amy Eklind and Cassie Vivar each scoring 10 points.