HARVARD All the indicators were present for a blowout, but it never happened.
The under-manned and under-sized Clinton girls basketball team played with a ton of heart and put a scare into Bromfield before falling 47-37 on Tuesday night. The victory improved the Lady Trojans to 1-1 for the season.
Bromfield owned decisive edges in major categories, taking 85 field goal attempts to just 50 for Clinton, hauling down 48 rebounds to 36 for the Gaels, and commiting 17 turnovers compared to 23 for Clinton, but the Lady Trojans never could deliver the knockout punch.
The Gaels stayed in the game by driving to the basket against the bigger Lady Trojans, earning 31 trips to the free throw line. Amazingly, Clinton drew to within four points with less than three minutes to play despite having only nine field goals in the contest.
Bromfield failed to capitalize on significant advantages in the game with an atrocious shooting night. The Lady Trojans connected on just 20 of 85 shots (24 percent) and they fell in love with perimeter jumpers when Clinton posed little threat inside the paint.
The Lady Trojans came out playing tough defense and the Clinton turnovers piled up quickly. Over the first 4:36 of the game, Clinton turned the ball over nine times and fell behind 9-1. Center Lindsey Burke (18 points, 18 rebounds) scored five of Bromfield s points during that span, while Catherine Johnson (13 points, eight rebounds, three steals) and Rebecca Reusch (six points, three rebounds, two steals) added a basket each.
Freshman Kelly Thurston provided a lift off the bench for Bromfield, hitting back-to-back lay-ups to boost the lead to 12 at 15-3, and the Lady Trojans looked poised to blow Clinton out of the gym, but the Gaels battled back and hung tough.
Bromfield abandoned their inside game and started launching outside jumpers while Clinton took the ball to the basket. Clinton closed to within 21-14 when Shanna Gadoua finished off a drive with three minutes left in the half.
Reusch drained a mid-range jumper to extend the lead to nine, but Clinton picked up some momentum with the final four points of the half, a lay-up by Lauren Kilcoyne and two free throws by Laura Miller to draw within 23-18 at intermission.
We didn t play smart and we didn t put them away when we had the chance to, said Bromfield coach Tom Hill. We had too many fouls and they hurt us from the free throw line.
The second half was a carbon copy of the first, with Bromfield being on the verge of taking over the game, only to see Clinton not allow it to happen. Bromfield built nine point leads at 31-22 and 40-31, with just four minutes left, but the Gaels kept fighting. Bromfield s got solid work inside from Burke and Thurston (eight points, five rebounds), who finished off a number of two-on-ones after Bromfield broke the Clinton press.
Gadoua hit a free throw, Kilcoyne sank a short jumper, and Gadoua buried a three-pointer and suddenly it was 41-37 with 2:05 left.
But Bromfield dug in defensively and went to the inside offensively to put the game on ice. Burke converted after grabbing an offensive rebound, before Johnson hit a short jumper and followed with a drive to put the Gaels away.
Lydia Maurer and Henley Siegrist both grabbed five rebounds for Bromfield.
Erin Peete finished with 11 points and six rebounds for the Gaels.