It was no one player that turned things around for the Generals. In the fourth quarter especially, the comeback was a true team effort.
Senior Haley Willis, who couldn’t find her stroke throughout the game, scored nine of her 11 points in the final frame, including a perfect 6-for-6 performance from the charity stripe. She also hit an NBA-range three-pointer to bring H-W back within one point just after Stoneham’s Grace Macura hit her own three-pointer to put the Spartans up four.
Senior Lesley Bynum hit a big three-pointer and finished a strong drive to the basket that put H-W ahead by three points with just over a minute left.
Freshman Kelly Walsh converted two big layups, senior Sue Rose showed great ball security and was a calming presence when the Spartans did press. Catherine Ecker and Sam Charette limited second chance opportunities defensively and altered Stoneham shots in the lane.
Then there was junior Julia Fibbe (12 points), who didn’t score in the fourth but was instrumental in the comeback as the Generals most consistent offensive option especially on the fast break where she finished with poise.
“As a group, the girls really rallied around each other, supported each other and fought for each other,” explained DeMarco. “I know it’s cliche, but we told them not to leave anything out there. And they left it all out there.”
Hamilton-Wenham 58, Stoneham 53
at Hamilton-Wenham Regional H.S. Gym
Stoneham: Bramante 3-2-8, Macura 5-3-17, Gallahue 3-0-7, Norton 1-4-6, Brown 1-2-4, Fucci 2-2-6, Kelly 2-1-5. Totals 17-14-53.
Hamilton-Wenham: Walsh 6-1-13, Rose 0-2-2, Willis 2-6-11, Ecker 2-1-6, Charette 2-0-4, Eagar 0-1-1, Fibbe 5-2-12, Bynum 2-4-9. Totals 19-176-58.
Halftime: Stoneham, 33-20
3-pointers: S, Macura 4, Gallahue; HW, Willis, Ecker, Bynum.
Records: HW, 16-5; S, 10-11