HAMILTON — Heading into last night’s Patton Tournament championship game, Bishop Fenwick head coach Adam DeBaggis had a pretty good idea that it was going to be a physical, defensive battle against host Hamilton-Wenham, having scouted them the night before.
Both teams went quarter-for-quarter until the Crusaders pulled away down the stretch, topping the Generals 43-37 to capture the first ever Patton Tournament title.
“Hamilton-Wenham (15-5) is probably the hardest working team we’ve seen,” said DeBaggis. “All we talked about before the game and at halftime was staying calm and being available for each other when the trap comes.
“In a game like this, it usually comes down free throws or what fouls the refs are calling. All you can do is be strong, because both of us are very aggressive.”
After senior point guard Gianna Pizzano left the game with an injury in the fourth, Fenwick (12-8) rallied around its senior captain down the stretch and outscored the Generals, 9-3 in the final two minutes.
Sophomore guard Sydney Brennan made a free throw, and on the next Crusader possession captain Kate Lipka hit a contested three-pointer to put her team up 38-35. Hamilton-Wenham point guard Suz Rose made two foul shots to cut it back to one, but Fenwick freshman Mikayla Porcaro stood tall under pressure and hit both of her free throws, as well.
Colleen Corcoran iced the win for her team on a three-point play and earned tournament MVP honors for her 13 point, 10 rebound and three steal performance last night.
“Mikayla was huge, making both free throws as a freshman,” noted DeBaggis. “Colleen is just a person for us that makes things happen. Plus with Gianna going out, as our point guard and floor leader, a lot of girls like Sydney and Lexie Rose stepped up in that tight situation.”