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Bombardiers Unable to Maintain Halftime Lead

A 54-49 loss to Sharon drops Attleboro's record to 9-7. The team needs two more wins to qualify for the postseason.

Attleboro took a 28-19 lead into the locker room at halftime of a road game against Sharon on Friday. However, the Bombardiers were unable to maintain the lead, and fell 54-49.

With Kim Runey scoring eight points in the first eight minutes of play and Beth Clifton connecting on a basket, the Bombardiers trailed by just two (12-10) at the close of the first quarter.

Runey opened the second quarter with a three-pointer, followed by a Kerri Beland layup, giving Attleboro a 15-12 lead. The girls in blue increased their lead to 17-12 on another Beland hoop. With the teams exchanging baskets, free throws by Bri LaPlume and Clifton, a score from behind the arc by Beland and a Kirsten Terrien basket, the Bombardiers took a 28-19 lead into the locker room.

Sharon opened the third quarter with a run, outscoring Attleboro 14-2 and erasing the Bombardiers' halftime lead. Baskets by LaPlume, Clifton and Terrien tied the score at 36. A score by Sharon ended the quarter with the Eagles up 38-36

In the final eight minutes of play, LaPlume tied the score at 38, but a basket by Sharon's O'Driscoll gave the Eagles a two-point lead. Beland hit a three-pointer and Attleboro took a 41-40 lead. This was the last time the Bombardiers were ahead. 

LaPlume was fouled going to the hoop, and was successful on one of her two free throws. Sharon hit the next two free throws, taking a seven-point lead. A basket by Beland and a three-point basket by Terrien brought Attleboro within two, but with time running out the Bombardiers were forced to put Sharon on the free throw line. Time ran out on the Bombardiers, and they were on the short end of a 54-49 score.

Attleboro had balanced scoring, with Beland hitting for 12 points, followed by LaPlume (11 points and 11 rebounds), Runey (11 points) and Terrien with nine. Clifton was strong under the basket, pulling down 13 rebounds.

The girls in blue will entertain Oliver Ames on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. With a 9-7 record, the Bombardiers need two wins to qualify for postseason play.

The Attleboro freshmen team won 42-17 and the junior varsity was outdistanced 44-34.

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