“Beverly is our big rival and this is such a great win for us,” said Panneton after the game. “Every game this season has been tough, but we’ve fought back. It feels good that we were able to pull it out.”
Danvers has had several impressive wins: 35-31 over Marblehead last month and Tuesday’s 44-41 tournament-clinching win over Gloucester come to mind. Their best, however, was against Peabody, 45-33, at the end of January.
The Falcons were coming off back-to-back losses against Revere and Methuen and needed to something to jump start the rest of their season. So sophomore Hannah Llewellyn hit five 3-pointers and scored 14 of her game-high 19 points in the second half, while freshman Lauren McKinnon was 4-for-4 from the free throw line and grabbed nine rebounds to topple the Tanners.
“It’s the most significant win since I took over in 2007,” head coach Pat Veilleux said after the game. “To be able to do what we did to the team we did it to at the time we did it was amazing.”
The Panthers started off the 2013-14 campaign a little rocky, but managed to string together a four-game winning streak in January. Then earlier this month, Beverly put up the most points it had all season by defeating Lynn Classical, 62-59, at home.
Senior Bridget Keaton netted four 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 18 points in that contest while Freshman Natalie Mellinger contributed 13 points to the win, including three 3-pointers.
Beverly earned two more wins since that night, including another against Classical and Tuesday’s road win over Revere. The Panthers have three games remaining and need to win all three in order to qualify for the state tournament
The Big Blue’s 47-46 over Marblehead was not only their biggest road win of the year, it was their best second half performance in a game. Sophomore forward Olivia Cooke made a free throw with under 10 seconds left to put the Big Blue up by one. The Magicians had the last possession and hit the shot, but it was waved off as time had already expired.