HUDSON — North Middlesex traveled to Hudson for a rare 4 p.m. Midland tip-off with the Hawks. The game was originally scheduled for 7 p.m., but a time conflict with the National Honors Society induction forced an earlier start.
The Patriots controlled the game right from the opening possession, as they dispatched Hudson in a laugher, 54-23. North Middlesex head coach Pat Murphy emptied his bench in the win. Hadley Beauregard, Brittani LeBlanc and Grace Young all netted 10 pointsfor the Patriots.
“We are at .500 again with this win,” Murphy said. “I like our chances in playing for the tournament. This game was an anomaly because the girls knew coming in that Hudson hadn’t won a game — coupled with the National Honors Induction tonight.”
North Middlesex opened the game on an 18-4 run, which stretched into the second quarter.
Flavin did a solid job in transition for the Patriots, who forced 20 turnovers — 12 in the first half alone. The majority of the Patriots’ points came off Hudson turnovers.
LeBlanc capped off the run with a quick crossover and drive into the paint for the tough basket in traffic.
The Patriots continued to flex their muscles in the second quarter, hoping out to an 18-point lead following back-to-back jump shots from Beauregard.
North Middlesex carried a 26-8 lead into the half, following a basket from Flavin.
The Patriots extended their lead to 20, when Flavin splashed home a three-pointer in the right corner to give NM a 32-12 advantage with 5:10 remaining in the third quarter.
Hudson, despite the lopsided score, continued to drive the basket, and Maclean Campbell was rewarded with a hard-fought putback layup under the hoop on the ensuing Hudson possession.
The Hawks’ largest run of the game was four points, as the North Middlesex defense clamped down in the final two quarters.
North Middlesex used a 26-3 run to up its lead to 48-19, following a hoop from Katie King.
The Patriots concluded the fourth quarter on a 6-2 run.
North Middlesex freshman center Maddie Harrington started her first game of the season. Harrington added 6 points, 5 rebounds and a block.
“Everybody got a chance to play in the game,” Murphy said. “I threw Maddie off when I told her that she was starting the game. She seemed nervous, but I think she handled it well — that aspect is gone now. A win is a win, and we got everybody a chance to play and contribute. We managed to go .500 in the first half of the season, now we need to do the same in the last half to qualify for the tournament.”
North Middlesex hosts Leominster Thursday night in a Midland A/B crossover game at 7 p.m.
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