The Bourne High School girls’ JV basketball team opened the season with a 26-12 win on December 13 over Dennis-Yarmouth and never looked back. The team went on to finish undefeated in the South Shore Conference at 15-0 and posted a 17-2 record overall.
“The girls worked very hard from the beginning to end,” Coach Bridget Conlon said. “They never complained. They bonded as a team and showed a great love for the game.”
Sophomore captain Abby Pomeroy got the Lady Canalmen off to a quick start with 10 points and Hanna Leach controlled the defensive boards in the season-opening win.
Six days later Bourne played their home opener and posted their second victory of the young season topping Greater New Bedford Voc Tech 45-25.
“Freshman Renee Moore really started to step up offensively,” Conlon said. “She had nine points.”
Pomeroy and Leach combined for 20 points and Marena Moccia picked up her first points.
Back on the road the Lady Canalmen dealt Apponequet a 35-22 loss.
“Junior captain Trisha Carpenter ran the point,” the coach said. “She finished with 11 points and seven rebounds.”
The day after Christmas Bourne hosted Seekonk topping the Warriors by a score of 51-3.
“Maddie Kinney was a swing player, and she got her first JV points that night,” Conlon explained. “Hanna Leach stepped up with 15 points and for Abby (Pomeroy), who finished the night with 12 points, it was her fourth game in a row in double digits.”
Before the end of the year, Bourne had another one in the win column defeating Dighton-Rehoboth on December 29.
The Lady Canalmen opened the New Year with a 48-23 victory on January 2 over Fairhaven.
“It was a huge win for us,” the coach pointed out. “This was the game when I began to see just how much heart these girls had.”
Moore and Molly Neil combined for 22 points.
“Molly had seven rebounds and Renee had six,” the coach noted. “They controlled the tempo of the game.”
On January 4 Bourne won their seventh straight game with a 40-19 victory over Case.
“We had a slow first half,” Coach Conlon said, “In the second half we really pulled it together and outscored Case 19-8. I think it was Molly’s drive that motivated the team.”
Senior Teresa Paba also saw action in the win over Case.
“Teresa is from Italy, she had never played basketball,” the coach said. “She worked as hard as she could and by this game the pieces started to come together.”
The JV squad continued to mow their way through the SCC. On January 8 Bourne defeated Wareham 53-31, with Neil and Moore combining for 26 points.
“Hanna had a good game on the boards,” Conlon pointed out, “and Anna Widdison began to emerge. She had been working hard on her game and had gained confidence. She came in off the bench and hit a 3-pointer.”
After nine straight SCC victories the Lady Canalmen hosted Falmouth one day after their Wareham victory losing 48-33.
“Falmouth is a strong team,” Conlon explained. “Their pressure forced us to turn over the ball, but I was happy with our second half intensity.”
Conference play resumed for BHS on January 11 with a 44-28 win over Old Rochester.
“Our defense was led by Trisha Carpenter,” the coach noted. “She finished with six steals.”
Hanna Leach added another five steals and Anna Widdison kept the momentum up, giving the Lady Canalmen a fourth quarter spark.
On the road on January 18 Bourne picked up their second victory of the season over GNBVT with a 38-25 win.
“Carpenter controlled the tempo for us,” Conlon noted. “She had 13 points, five rebounds and three steals. Also the passing game of Renee Moore really drove our offense.”
Back home on the 22nd Bourne played to a 56-37 victory over Apponequet with four players finishing in double digits. Leach finished with 15 points, while Neil had 11 and Pomeroy and Moore each ended the night with 10. Carpenter ran the point, while picking up eight points of her own.
Seekonk next fell to Bourne for the second time by a score of 45-23.
“Molly Neil continued to hone her skills,” Coach Colon noted. “She finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds.”
Leach had seven points, eight rebounds and five steals and Moore had six steals.
Bourne fell to Falmouth for the second time on January 26.
The month ended for the Lady Canalmen with a 41-17 victory over D-R.
“Tenacious defense by Moore was beginning to take a toll on opponents by this point,” the coach said.
Leach led Bourne with a dozen points.
The Lady Canalmen opened February at home with a 46-27 victory over Fairhaven.
“Anna Widdison came off the bench and hit a couple of big points,” the coach said, “and Paba pulled down some big rebounds.”
Bourne improved to 14-2 with a 47-28 victory over Case. Pomeroy hit four 3-pointers in the first half.
At Wareham on February 7, BHS picked up a 43-18 victory.
“Renee took over and had an amazing game,” the coach said. “She had 14 points and 12 rebounds.”
Moccia did a nice job down low for Bourne coming away with four rebounds.
BHS hosted D-Y on the 13th defeating the Dolphins by a score of 45-37.
“D-Y had improved a lot,” the coach noted, “but we were able to pull it out behind an intense performance by Molly Neil.”
“We had some seniors open the season with us and they set the tone early,” Coach Conlon explained. “Kianna Carpenter, Casa Warren, Carly Mount and Olivia Cotton got the JV off to a good start. We had a great group and a great season. I think the times we laughed and had fun and supported each other are the moments that I’ll remember most. The future looks bright for Bourne basketball, but we’ll miss seniors Maddy Kinney and Teresa Paba.”