After opening the season with back-to-back losses, the Bourne girls’ basketball team rebounded to record two wins in its last two games.
Visiting Westport for a non-conference game on Monday, December 23, the Canalmen mounted a furious fourth-quarter rally to scream past the Wildcats, 45-36.
They were led by freshman Haley McCarthy, who scored 12 of her team-high 20 points in the final frame, part of a 14-2 run for the Canalmen, who outdistanced Westport, 22-9, in the fourth quarter. She added six rebounds and six steals in the win.
Head coach Craig Davidson also credited the defensive play of guards Emma Bourgault and Alexis Morisset in turning the game around. Senior guard Kaya Fernandes had a complete-game effort, scoring nine points, dishing out six assists and coming up with seven steals. Backcourt mate Nora Barmashi scored seven points while Brooke Lunedei scored her first varsity buckets for four points. Morisset added four points while Bourgault had three and Brooke McCallum had one.
The win comes after the Canalmen scored Apponequet, 44-41, on the road December 19. Visiting the Lakers, Bourne trailed 24-20 at halftime and 35-34 after three quarters.
But the Canalmen defense came to play in the fourth quarter, holding the hosts to just six points over the final eight minutes of action. Both McCallum and Barmashi led Bourne offensively, each scoring a team-high 11 points. McCarthy wasn’t far behind her teammates with a 10-point effort.
Fernandes’ eight points and Morisset’s four points rounded out the scoring for the Canalmen in their first win of the season.
Apponequet had an opportunity to force overtime, but the Lakers’ 3-point attempt didn’t fall in the waning moments. They were led by Riley Levrault’s game-high 16 points, 12 of which came from beyond the arc.
Bourne (2-2, 0-0 SCC-Gold) will look to avenge a season-opening loss to Dartmouth tonight Friday, December 27,when they meet the Indians for a 6:30 non-conference game.