Digging out of an early double-digit deficit, the Bourne High School girls’ basketball team nearly came all the way back at Apponequet High School on Tuesday night as they opened the 2021 basketball season. The Lady Canalmen trailed by as many as 13 points in the first quarter, but rallied to close the gap to just a single point in the fourth quarter.

Bourne had a chance to take the lead in the final period, but couldn’t get a big shot to drop. Apponequet held the fort and was able to close out the game and take the first contest for each team this year, winning by a 32-25 count.

“We opened up playing really tight,” head coach Scott Wenzel said. “We fought back in the second half and had it down to one, and had a fast break to take the lead with four minutes left and missed the shot.”

Following the missed shot by BHS, which would have put them up a point, the Lady Canalmen were whistled for a foul. AHS knocked down both of the ensuing free throws and their lead went up to three from that point. Bourne wasn’t able to get any closer going forward.

First game jitters along with some mistakes were what proved most costly to the Bourne ladies.

“We missed too many free throws and some of our transition baskets,” Wenzel said. “We were right there. There are some good things to build on.”

Emma Bourgalt, a sophomore, had a strong game defensively for the Canalmen, playing hard throughout the contest. She finished with four points as well. Junior Nora Barmashi was the team’s top scorer for the night, leading all players in the game with 16 points. She knocked down a pair of 3-pointers as well.

Jill Allen had her first varsity points in the game for BHS, which lost four of its five starters from last year’s team. Megan Roache canned a 3-pointer from a distance for the purple and white. Jess LaFlamme and Grace Gobeil had strong outings on the glass.

Apponequet was led by forward Marli Chapin. She finished with 13 points overall.

“Defensively, I thought that we did a nice job and we limited them. We played a good trapping defense,” Wenzel said.

Bourne looks to bounce back with its first home game of the season, tonight at 6:30 PM at the BHS Gym. It will host rival Wareham High.

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