HARVARD — The Clinton girls basketball team has enjoyed a successful start to the 2007-08 and figured to be a tough test for Bromfield in the Lady Trojans’ final tune-up before the league schedule gets into full flight. But Bromfield, which is finally healthy and intact, turned in an outstanding all-around performance in posting an impressive 59-41 victory.
The matchup figured to be Clinton’s speed vs. Bromfield’s size, and on this night the Lady Trojans were too tall a task for the Gaels.
Both teams are now 4-2 for the season.
Bromfield owned a slim 14-11 lead after one quarter before taking control of the game with a second period explosion. The Lady Trojans used their size to advantage, outscoring the Gaels 19-7 to take a 33-18 halftime lead.
“Clinton really runs the fast break well, but we did an outstanding job of slowing them down,” said Bromfield coach Tom Hill. “We were inconsistent offensively, but we rebounded well and played excellent defense.”
Kasey Weilyn, who led Clinton with 15 points in the game, kept the Gaels in it in the first quarter with eight points, including a three-pointer. Bromfield maintained an early lead behind strong play from Catherine Johnson (seven first quarter points) and Lindsey Burke, who added five points.
Johnson remained hot with six second-period points, while Kelly Thurston and Maggie Cochrane chipped in with four points each as the Lady Trojans lengthened the lead with their strong second quarter.
Burke took over in the third quarter with strong play in the paint, scoring seven points as Bromfield extended the lead to 47-26 after three quarters. The senior center took the ball to the basket strongly and either scored or drew fouls.
Clinton never quit and fought to the final whistle, outscoring Bromfield 15-12 in the final quarter.
Burke finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds to pace Bromfield, while Johnson added 17 points and a solid all-around effort. Cochrane finished with seven points and six rebounds, while Thurston added five points and nine rebounds. Point guard Henley Siegrist did a nice job running the offense and finished with six points.
Erin Peete finished with 13 points for the Gaels while Ashley Trautner added eight points.
“I’m really impressed with Clinton and the way they run the court,” said Hill. “Our girls hustled and did a good job of taking that away. Clinton is not a big team and I think our size bothered them at both ends of the court. I think we are finally healthy and are starting to play the way we can. This was a good win for us.”