BRIDGEWATER -- Junior point guard Kelly Martin scored 17 points and senior center Shannon Brady scored 18 of her 22 points in the second half and overtime as Scituate stormed back from a 14-point deficit late in the third quarter to defeat Braintree, 57-51, in overtime last night in the final of the Harry A. Lehmann tournament at Bridgewater State University.
Ive been involved in a lot of good wins, said Sailors coach Brian Buckley. We didnt handle the ball as well as we wanted to and we didnt shoot as well as we wanted to, but in terms of guts that was as good a comeback as weve ever had. My kids just showed they had great fortitude to hang in there against a very, very good team.
Braintree controlled the game for most of the first half. After being down early, the Wamps went on a 15-2 run to end the first quarter to lead 22-10. With 2:58 left in the half, the Wamps went up, 29-14, on Rachel Nortons third 3-pointer of the first half.
Even after a 6-0 run to finish the second quarter, the Sailors found themselves down, 29-20, heading into the break.
We played some zone, which was my fault, we shouldnt have been playing zone against that team, said Buckley. I felt if their shots arent going down itll give us a breather because they have more depth than we do. Once our kids made a few shots and made a few stops they started to believe, and I told them to keep chipping away, chipping away, chipping away.
The Sailors found their groove in the second half . After falling behind, 40-26, with 3:06 to go in the third, Scituate went on a 7-0 run thanks to senior guard Kate Lemires 3-pointer and some timely hook shots by Brady down low.
In the fourth, solid defense by Martin, Brady, and senior forward Megan Otto held Braintree to 6 total points. Meanwhile, Brady and Martin chipped away at the lead, combining for 9 of the 13 Sailor points in the final frame.
After Scituate went ahead, 44-43, with under five minutes to go the team traded buckets the last five minutes before moving to overtime tied at 48.
In overtime, Brady scored 6 of Scituate's 9 points, including clutch free throws and hook shots down the stretch to secure the victory.
Martin, for her stellar play on both ends of the court, was named MVP.
We all deserved [the MVP award], said Martin. It was a great team effort. Im not taking the credit and Im not saying I did everything. It was just a whole team effort. If I could give it to the whole team I would.
The Sailors (20-0) move on to the Division 2 South tournament, where their undefeated record will likely earn them the No. 1 seed.
The Wamps (18-2), even with the loss, will earn a high seed in the Division 1 South bracket.