Earning their way into the Southcoast Conference Tournament was a great achievement. Waiting for the Bourne High School girls’ basketball team after their victory in the play-in game over the weekend was the No. 1-seeded Old Rochester Regional Lady Bulldogs.

Going from playing the bottom of the league to the top dogs was quite a difference. Bourne battled as hard as it could, but could not overcome the powerful ORR squad. Old Rochester had four players score in double figures as they routed BHS, 69-24.

Old Rochester made it clear that they were not going to take anything for granted right away. The home team did not overlook BHS, but took them quite seriously and that was proven on the scoreboard as the purple and white found themselves looking up at a 24-1 deficit at the end of the first quarter. ORR powered the ball to the hoop and netted 11 field goals over the first eight minutes. Bourne was held to a free throw from Jess LaFlamme.

Nora Barmashi started to find some space to shoot in the second quarter, and was able to net six points in the period, but unfortunately for Bourne those were the only six points that the team put up in the period. At halftime ORR led 45-7.

Barmashi was the high scorer in the game for Bourne. She had 16. LaFlamme, who played well on both ends of the court in her final high school contest, had six points. Jill Allen had the other two points for Bourne.

Bourne 47, GNBVT 32

Nora Barmashi had been frustrated over the last few games as some of the top tier teams in the Southcoast Conference did all they could to take her out of games. Against Greater New Bedford Voc Tech in the play-in game of the SCC tournament, Barmashi was able to find a little room to operate, and the Lady Canalmen’s leading scorer got on track and helped lead the way to a win over the Bears.

Barmashi lit it up for a game-high 28 points as she led the squad to a much-needed win. Knocking down five 3-pointers in the game, Barmashi helped the Lady Canalmen get out front and stay there the whole way as they upended the vocational school in the play-in round.

A huge second quarter proved to be the difference for Bourne. Leading 9-4 after a bit of a sloppy opening period, the Lady Canalmen found the range in the second and opened up some breathing room as they got 10 points from Barmashi in the quarter—with a pair of threes—and some key buckets from Grace Gobeil, who scored all seven of her points in the first half.

Hannah Wenzel had five points, with three in the second half of the game. Bourne led 24-13 at the half and then extended that to 39-21 after three on their way to moving into the postseason tournament proper.

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