SHIRLEY — The Shirley Middle School girls basketball team is enjoying an outstanding season the Hawks showed why with an overpowering performance in a 36-8 win over overmatched Bromfield.
Shirley scored the first 22 points of the game, combining a smooth-running offense with a stingy defense. Depth was also a part of the package as eight different players scored for the Hawks.
Erica Hebert paced the win with eight points, three rebounds and two steals. Anna Peck (four rebounds, three steals), Sabrina Schwartz (three rebounds) and Katie Poitras (three steals) each added six points. Maggie Prescott led the Hawks off the boards with ten rebounds while chipping in with four points. Meaghun Lewush, Mary Coke and Casey Hardgraves (four rebounds) each added two points.
For Bromfield, Meghen Bradshaw, Brooke DiFlorio, Molly Papazian and Penelope Over each scored two points.
Shirley put the game away quickly by not allowing Bromfield any quality shots defensively, while scoring in a variety of manners at the offensive end. Schwartz sandwiched a pair of baskets around a lay-up by Hebert to build a 6-0 lead.
Poitras used her quickness and ballhandling ability to advantage and scored on a lay-up after a steal, and a drive to make it 12-0.
As the half was winding down, Peck finished off back-to-back fast breaks, before Hebert made her presence felt in the paint, with a follow-up basket and a lay-up.
Bromfield finally got on the board in the final minute when Papazian stole the ball and converted it into a lay-up.
Bromfield scored the first basket of the second half when Bradshaw buried a 17-footer, but Shirley scored eight of the next ten points to build the lead to 30-6. Poitras finished off a fast break with a lay-up, Peck scored on a drive, Prescott drained a perimeter jumper, and Coke scored on a lay-up at the front end of the fast break.
Deflorio also grabbed six rebound and made a pair of steals for Bromfield. Jackie McHugh hauled down five rebounds while Erin Molinaro grabbed four boards.