SHIRLEY — The only consistent thing about the Bromfield girls basketball team’s season has been that the Lady Trojans have been inconsistent, and their 42-37 win over Parker on Monday night was a 32-minute microcosm of their season.
The first half was played to a stalemate, the Lady Trojans dominated the first 12 minutes of the second half, and Parker made a mad rush over the final four minutes to nearly steal a win. When the final totals were tallied, Bromfield escaped with a win to improve to 7-5 for the season.
The Lady Trojans survived both the loss of talented forward Catherine Johnson and 37 turnovers. Johnson was injured 12 minutes into the game after scoring six points and grabbing three rebounds. Bromfield once again was nervous with the ball and nearly paid for it.
“We played more aggressively in the second half and we did a better job of getting the ball inside to Lindsey Burke,” said Bromfield coach Tom Hill. “We got some positive things out of our press in the second half, but we must cut down on our turnovers. We were able to win tonight, but this effort won’t get the job done against a lot of teams we play.”
The first half was close throughout with neither team being able to shake off the other. Bromfield came out with baskets from Lydia Maurer, Burke and Johnson to build a 6-1 lead after three minutes.
Parker did an excellent job of getting the ball into the paint in the early going, but errant shooting hurt them. The Panthers got a lay-up from Amy Williamson and a free throw from Emily Colligan to draw even at 8-8 with 7:45 left in the first half.
Bromfield got a fast break lay-up from Burke and a mid-range jumper from Johnson to take a 12-8 lead, but Parker finally started making some shots and finished the first half with a 9-4 run to take a 17-16 lead at halftime.
Liz Gapinski came off the bench to provide a lift for the Panthers with a pair of baskets and a free throw as they drove to the lead.
The halftime statistics were eerily similar. Bromfield hit 7 of 29 shots from the field and grabbed 18 rebounds, while Parker was 7 0f 28 from the floor and had 17 rebounds.
Rebecca Reusch hit a pair of mid-range jumpers to start the second half to put the Lady Trojans on top 20-17. After Williamson answered with a lay-up to draw the Panthers to within one, Bromfield tightened up their defense, worked the ball inside and appeared to put the game on ice when they scored 21 of the next 25 points to move in front 41-23.
Burke, who scored 13 of her 17 points after intermission, was the centerpiece of the run with hard work in the paint. After not visiting the free throw line over the first 16 minutes, Burke took 13 free throws in the second half. Complementing the effort of Burke was solid defense from Henley Siegrist and Lydia Maurer and excellent all-around play from Kelly Thurston, especially off the boards.
But Parker refused to go quietly, despite an 18 point deficit with 4:30 left. Led by eight points by Williamson, including a pair of three-pointers, the Panthers put together a 14-0 run to draw to within 41-37 with 39 seconds left in the game.
In addition to her 17 points, Burke hauled down 13 rebounds and made four steals for the Lady Trojans. Maurer (six rebounds, three steals), Reusch and Johnson each added six points, while Thurston finished with four points and six rebounds. Siegrist and Casey Silver each had three steals.
Williamson paced Parker with 17 points, six rebounds and five steals while Gapinski added seven points. Jocelyn MacDonald topped the Panthers in rebounds with eight. Tory Pfenninger (four steals) and Pearl Jurist-Schoen (three steals) played strong defense.