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AYER — Littleton’s 37-36 win over Ayer on Thursday night was a tale of two different halves.

In the first half, both teams shot the ball well and Littleton took a 27-22 lead.

in the second half when the shots stopped dropping, Littleton’s Sonia Basma stepped up and made the difference with her athleticism. Basma, who finished with 14 points, eight rebounds and four steals, scored six of the Tigers’ ten second half points, including a decisive knifing drive for the winning basket in the final minute.

“I’m pleased with the way we played and this was our best game of the season,” said Ayer coach Joe Scunziano. “We spread the offense out in the first half and hit our shots. We didn’t shoot well in the second half, but we hung tough and we excecuted the play to get the final shot. It just didn’t fall.”

Keyed by a pair of three-pointers by Shannon Schwartz (12 points, eight rebounds), Ayer bolted out to an 8-2 lead. Littleton regrouped and drew to within 10-9 when Carly Otis hit a 17-footer.

Ayer bounced back and extended the lead to five at 14-9 after one quarter when Kim Farrington (12 points, 11 rebounds, three steals) scored on a drive and Schwartz added a lay-up.

Littleton was red-hot in the second quarter, outscoring Ayer 18-8 to build their five point halftime lead. Nicole Johanson, who finished with 11 points and 18 rebounds, scored five points and was tough off both backboards, while Basma chipped in with solid play at point guard.

Farrington kept Ayer in the game with diligent work off the boards and at the defensive end. The junior forward put Ayer ahead 20-19 by converting after hauling down an offensive rebound, before the Tigers scored eight of the final ten points of the half.

Ayer hit an offensive drought in the third period and failed to score for the first five minutes. A conventional three-point play by Nicole Johanson, and a free throw by Brooke Johanson extended the lead to nine at 31-22.

After slicing the lead to five after three quarters, Ayer tightened up their defense and made a fourth quarter run. The allowed just four points in the quarter and moved ahead when Schwartz hit a 17-footer and followed with a pair of free throws, setting the stage for Basma’s game winning drive.

Brooke Johanson finished with six points and six rebounds for Littleton, who posted its first win of the season.

Sarah Megan and Amanda Shaughnessy each added four points for the Lady Panthers. Julie Scunziano grabbed eight rebounds.

“This was the fewest turnovers we have had this season,” said Scunziano.

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