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Bromfield 40

North Middlesex 16

LUNENBURG — A pair of young teams tangled on Thursday evening in Wallis Park Girls Summer Basketball League action, but Bromfield proved to have too much size for North Middlesex and rolled to a 40-16 victory.

Bromfield controlled the paint at both ends of the court, posting a prohibitive 52-18 rebounding advantage, including 24 at the offensive end. Also keying the win was Bromfield’s balance as all seven girls who suited up contributed.

Lindsey Burke led the way with 12 points and 11 rebounds, but got plenty of help. Morgan Smith finished with ten points and nine rebounds, Kelly Thurston six points and nine rebounds, Rebecca Reusch and Robin Neschke four points and five rebounds each, while Emily Reedich (eight rebounds) and Jordan McDonnell (five rebounds) each chipped in with two points.

North Middlesex worked hard throughout, but just didn’t have the size to match up. Kristen Hayward scored four points and hauled down seven rebounds. Melissa Deon used her quickness to advantage, finishing with two points, two rebounds and four steals. Jess Thonis added four points and two steals, while Sarah “Chicky” Leineck handled the ball well and added two points, two rebounds and two steals. Justin Chenelle hustled throughout, finishing with two points, two rebounds and a steal.

Bromfield took the lead when Thurston scored on a lay-up, but North Middlesex tied it up when Thonis finished off a drive.

Bromfield got consecutive follow-up baskets by Smith and McDonnell to move on top 6-2, but North Middlesex bounced back again to even things up when Hayward drained a 15-footer, and Thonis added a fast break lay-up.

The remainder of the half was all Bromfield as their size thwarted North Middlesex at both ends of the court. Bromfield finished the half with a 16-2 burst to take a 22-8 lead to intermission. Smith and Burke were productive in the paint, while Thurston added an outside presence by swishing a perimeter jumper.

Bromfield maintained their momentum to start the second half. Burke converted after hauling down an offensive rebound, Smith hit a lay-up, Burke scored on a drive, and Neschke hit a turnaround jumped to make it 30-8 three minutes into the second half.

North Middlesex could have quit, but didn’t and played the remainder of the game evenly. Jenn Kirk (two points, four rebounds) hit an outside jumper, while Leineck and Chenelle played with heart and hustle. Deon showed flashes of her great speed and played strong, hustling defense.

Reedich picked up a pair of steals for Bromfield and worked hard defensively, while Smith was very active inside.

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