While the Crusaders established a six-point lead in the first quarter, Hamilton-Wenham held them to just four points in the second quarter and finished out the half ahead, 16-15.
Molly Eagar was stellar of the bench for the Generals, scoring eight points and showed tremendous poise as a sophomore in the intense atmosphere.
Including Eagar, Hamilton-Wenham had just four players factor into the scoring. Rose (seven assists, four steals) finished with 11, while fellow senior captain Sam Charette (13 rebounds) scored a team-high 15 points and Haley Willis added three.
“That was a very physical, tournament-style game,” said H-W head coach Jon DeMarco. “I’m very happy with that from a preparation standpoint. I’m disappointed we lost and thought we could’ve done some things at the end to put ourselves in a better position to win.
“We have to play a little smarter. I think our emotions got the best of us in certain situations and if we played a little smarter defensively, we would’ve had a better chance at the end. Hopefully we can learn from that and it’s only going to prepare us for the tournament, though.”
Rose and Charette were named to the all-tournament team, along with Fenwick’s Lipka (six rebounds, nine points) and Pizzano (six rebounds, eight points).
Both teams saw some of their younger players step up and big situations. Porcarco finished the night with six rebounds and four points, including those two clutch free throws late in the game. Hamilton-Wenham’s Kelly Walsh, grabbed eight rebounds and played key minutes after the Generals got into foul trouble.