(Foxboro MA) Duxbury broke open a tight game with Charlton in the fourth quarter and defeated the Wildcats, 40-33, in the opening round of the 5th Annual Massachusetts State Tournament at Mass Premier Courts in Foxboro on Saturday morning.
This Division 2 eighth grade girls’ game was tied eight times including 29-29 with 5:25 left but thereafter it was all Duxbury. The Dragons (9-3 in the South Shore Girls Basketball League) put seven straight points together over the next 3+ minutes and the Wildcats couldn’t recover.
In the separation segment the Dragons had points from Olivia Duvall (free throw), Nicole Callender (layup), Emily DeMerrit (jump shot), and Molly Norton (runner in the lane).
Charlton (13-0 in the South Central Massachusetts Youth Basketball League) spent most of the first three quarters ahead or tied. Two baskets by Jaime Woods in the last minute of the third quarter gave the Wildcats their biggest lead (27-22) of the game.
But in the final quarter Charlton’s lead vanished as Duxbury, which had scored twenty-two points through three quarters, erupted for eighteen points in the last period.
While Charlton started the decisive quarter with four turnovers, Duxbury started to find room inside getting two layups by Allie Cavallo, and another by Nicole Callender, in a seven-point run. That combination of miscues and points put Duxbury on top, 29-27, with 5:41 left.
Bailey Savage (13 points) of Charlton temporarily stopped the bleeding with a driving layup to tie the score but Duxbury controlled the last five minutes to get the win.
Molly Norton (15 points) led all scorers. Molly had plenty of rebounds and blocked several of Charlton’s layup attempts.
Charlton lost out in their league tournament to Marlboro in the championship game.
Duxbury went out in their league tourney to Rockland in the second round.
Both Charlton and Duxbury played tight defense throughout. There were very few open shots or open lanes to the basket.
The turnovers were plentiful. Some of it had to do with the referees, “letting the girls play.” Charlton had twenty-eight turnovers (by my unofficial count) in thirty-two minutes of play while Duxbury had nineteen.
Almost all of the turnovers were on bad passing decisions.
Another very telling stat was free throws. Again I’m reporting unofficially. Bailey Savage made the first free throw attempt by Charlton. The ten after that? All missed. Duxbury was a little better connecting on six-of-nineteen attempts. The Dragons did allow the Wildcats to hang around longer than they should have by making only one of their last nine attempts including the front end of two one-and-one’s.
All those negatives aside, I enjoyed the game. I admire the commitment the girls (and their families) make to basketball. Playing a 10AM game that you have to travel to on a (for the rest of the kids their age), sleep-in Saturday is commitment.
My understanding is that this tournament at Mass Premier Courts, which finishes on Sunday, is the end of the league season. Now the AAU season starts for some of the girls.
The Mass Premier Courts facility was impressive. There are six regulation-sized courts with very good lighting. On this Saturday morning there were games happening on every court. I was distracted by the whistles and horns from other games but those distractions (for me) didn’t seem to bother any of the girls in the Duxbury/Charlton game.
MPC also had plenty of parking as well as several rows of seating on one side of each court. Nice place!
I created a boxscore for the game. I would hesitate to wager anything on its accuracy……but it does give you an idea of where the points came from.
(All of the pictures above and below enlarge considerably if you click on them.)