Kyle Templeton of North Middlesex stops in front of Algonquin goalie Matt Bogdanski after a shot on net in a recent CMass. boys hockey game.  NASHOBA
Kyle Templeton of North Middlesex stops in front of Algonquin goalie Matt Bogdanski after a shot on net in a recent CMass. boys hockey game. NASHOBA VALLEY VOICE/JEFF PORTER

BOLTON -- Every time the Nashoba Regional girls' basketball team would make a run, the visitors from Groton-Dunstable had an answer.

That answer was usually from either Rachel Romich or Jordan Wynn.

Romich netted a game-high 24 points and Wynn chipped in with 17 as the Crusaders clinched the Mid-Wach B league title withg a hard-fought 68-64 victory over the Chieftains on Monday night.

With the win, G-D ran its record to 15-1 overall and a perfect 8-0 in league action while Nashoba fell to 12-6 overall and 6-2 in Mid-Wach B action.

"Anytime we were able to make a run, they were able to come back and make big shots," said Nashoba head coach Christina Seabury. "You have to give credit to them.

Matt Metras of North Middlesex fires the puck back into the zone. NASHOBA VALLEY VOICE/JEFF PORTER
Matt Metras of North Middlesex fires the puck back into the zone. NASHOBA VALLEY VOICE/JEFF PORTER
They have five players on the court at all times that are phenomenal."

It seemed like the visitors had a comfortable cushion all night, but the Chieftains chipped away at the lead. Wynn helped the Crusaders push the lead back to double digits with 5:41 to play when she converted on an old-fashioned three-point play to make the score 61-50.

With 2:15 left in the game, freshman Jillian Payne drilled her third 3-pointer as Nashoba found itself down just five at 66-61.

But down the stretch, Groton-Dunstable hit free throws while Nashoba struggled to get baskets over the final two minutes.

Senior captain Sarah Gillooly (19 points) scored the lone points over the final two minutes when she hit a deep shot from behind the arc with three seconds left, but it was too little too late.


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In the opening half, the Crusaders opened up a 21-14 lead after eight minutes and actually held a 29-18 lead midway through the second quarter. Abby McNulty and Payne each scored six points in the opening half for Nashoba as they went on a run to cut the lead to eight at the break, 35-27.