(Beverly MA) That’s seventeen straight for undefeated Lynn English.
The Bulldogs (17-0) displayed their never-ending offense as they ran away from Beverly, 78-46, on the road on Friday night in Northeast Conference action.
The Panthers (6-9) never could find a way to contain the LE scorers but they did manage to stay competitive through 2 1/2 quarters thanks to the long-range accuracy of Natalie Mellinger (17 points) and Bridget Keaton (12 points).
Natalie had three long ones in the first five minutes of the game and that helped Beverly hold a 15-8 advantage.
Lynn English, however, just never went away offensively. Diondra Woumn (22 points), Catherine Stinson (19 points), and Deidra Newson (16 points) had the speed and dribbling skills to find plenty of layups and open looks from the outside.
Two free throws by Deidra Newson gave LE an 18-17 lead after a quarter. Diondra Woumn cashed four layups and two free throws in that quarter.
The Bulldogs pushed their lead to ten (30-20) in the second quarter but Beverly put seven unanswered points together and were within four (35-31) early in the third period.
Four LE layups later the Bulldogs were in front 43-31 with three minutes left in the third quarter. Beverly answered with two three’s (Bridget Keaton) and a Natalie Mellinger jump shot and only trailed, 46-39, with a 1 1/2 quarters left.
Those last twelve minutes were absolutely all Lynn English to say the least. Fatigue had plenty to do with it as Beverly had played, and defeated, Lynn Classical on Thursday.
The Panthers began to have trouble even getting shots off while, down the other end, the Bulldogs continued to take and make shot after shot. The rest of the way Beverly was outscored, 32-7!
LE had unanswered runs of nine points and eleven points during the closing twelve minutes. Beverly was held to just four points in the final quarter.
The individual skills of the LE players were impressive. They could dribble their way into good shots. They could move without the ball to get open.
Then you add 1000-point scorer Catherine Stinson to the mix. She had four 3’s and three layups.
Lynn English has had only one close game this season and that was their 59-51 win over St. Mary’s on December 28th.
Last year the Bulldogs were upset in the Division 1 North quarterfinals by Andover. In that win, Andover made three’s and got several LE starters into foul trouble.
Lynn English is 59-6 over the past 2+ years.
Another thing about Lynn English that caught my attention was their lack of emotion. Nothing seemed to change about their demeanor whether they were behind early in this game or cruising to victory later on.
Very small crowd of spectators watched this game. At times it was so quiet that if you closed your eyes you might have thought you were in the Beverly Public Library.
Makayla Everette (10 points) was the fourth Bulldog in double figures.
Beverly had twenty-two turnovers while Lynn English had fourteen by my unofficial count.
Last time I was in the Beverly Fieldhouse they had stands set up under each basket.
Beverly’s next game is at Revere on Tuesday (5:30PM). LE visits Lynn Classical on the same night.
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