An early first-quarter lead slowly dwindled down to a second-half deficit in the Bourne girls’ basketball team’s road opener.
Visiting Mashpee in a non-conference game on Tuesday, December 17, the Canalmen held a 13-7 lead in the opening frame only to see the Falcons soar back for a 53-40 win.
The Falcons, led by a combined 32 points from Ashley Keleher and Kalaija Moore on the night, fought back for a narrow 20-18 halftime advantage before busting the game wide open in the third. Mashpee pounced over Bourne with 14-4 run in the quarter to take a 34-22 lead into the fourth quarter.
In the final quarter, the Canalmen put up a fight, cutting their deficit to 11 points, 49-38, with a little more than a minute to play. That run was fueled by freshman guard Haley McCarthy’s 12 fourth-quarter points, which gave her a team-high 17 on the night. Senior co-captain Brooke McCallum scored seven of her 11 points in the final frame while five of Nora Barmashi’s 10 points also came in the fourth.
Seven Canalmen scored on the night, including Kaya Fernandes (six points), Hannah Wenzel (three points), Emma Bourgault (two points) and Lexi Morisset (one point).
Dartmouth 59, Bourne 39
The Canalmen were competitive in their home-opener against Dartmouth playing in their fast-paced style. But a combination of youth, turnovers and getting beaten on the boards spoiled Bourne’s first home game of the season.
McCallum caught fire with her shot from outside in the third quarter, but it wasn’t enough to erase the Canalmen deficit as they lost, 59-39, to the Indians last Friday, December 13.
“I think there were a lot of positives to take away from tonight,” head coach Craig Davidson said. “We played all 13 players and did some good things in our new offense; we just have to rebound the ball better.”
The two teams were tied at 12 after the first quarter, but with Bourne in early foul trouble, the Indians opened the second quarter on a 12-2 run in a span of a 4:43 that led to a 29-18 halftime lead. Though the Canalmen came out stronger in the second half with quality contributions from Fernandes and Barmashi, the Dartmouth lead hovered around 10 points for most of the second half before pulling out late in the fourth quarter.
Dartmouth outrebounded Bourne, 43-31, and turned the ball over less, 17-19.
Following their Thursday, December 19, road game against Apponequet the Canalmen (0-2, 0-0 SCC-Gold) are off until Monday, December 23, when they’ll travel to Westport for a non-conference meeting.