The Bombardiers' bench strength, free-throw shooting (24 for 33) and full-court press propelled the Attleboro High School girls varsity basketball team to a 58-34 victory Tuesday at home over Hockomock League rival Milford.
With the visitors taking an early 4-0 lead, coach Missy Traversi substituted for four of her starting players. Makaila Lombardy (5 rebounds and 3 points) and team captain Sara Blackwell were the spark Attleboro needed. Lombardy opened the Bombardier scoring, followed by a successful Kirsten Terrien basket. AHS scored the next 7 points with a free throw by Emily Houle, baskets by Terrien and Kerri Beland and two free throws by Blackwell (7 for 8 from the stripe). The first eight minutes ended with Attleboro holding an 11-4 advantage.
A second-quarter opening basket by Beth Clifton and free throws by Houle, followed by a Beland hoop increased the Bombardier lead. Made free throws by Houle and Blackwell ended the first half, with Attleboro in the driver's seat 23-14.
Attleboro began the second half with a 3 by Kim Runey. Beland increased the lead with a hoop and four free throws. Clifton ended the third stanza with a basket and the Blue Bombardiers led 34-23.
A productive final quarter saw Attleboro score 24 points while holding Milford to 4.
Kerri Beland led the Bombardiers with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Sara Blackwell poured in 11 points and pulled down 7 boards. Beth Clifton was again a force down low, chipping in with 9 points and 9 rebounds.
On Friday, the Attleboro team will take its 8-5 record to Mansfield for a 6:30 p.m. start.
The Attleboro freshmen and junior varsity teams made it a perfect night with the freshmen winning 44-29 and the JVs winning 35-13.