The game was lost for Lewis and the Fishermen in the third quarter. Coming out of halftime, Veilleux turned to what he termed his team’s “bread-and-butter” and started trapping Gloucester at halfcourt as the Fishermen brought the ball up.
Gloucester had no answer for the Falcons’ trap, which was run to near perfection, and Danvers (4-3) held the Fishermen to just two third-quarter points.
The Fishermen were never able to rebound from that, and as the pace quickened Sherry found herself open more and more. Eight of her 13 points came in the second half, including two 3-pointers that crippled any comeback hopes Gloucester may have had.
“I’m a coach that believes that if you win the third quarter, you’re going to win the game,” Lewis said. “And we did not play a good third quarter. It’s frustrating, it’s disappointing, but you can’t take anything away from Danvers. They played a good game ... things just didn’t go the way we hoped they were going to.”
Danvers center Emily McNulty kept the Falcons in the game in the first half, with 11 of her 13 points coming before intermission. Black chipped in 11 points and five rebounds for the Fishermen.
With the win, Danvers gets back on the right side of the .500 mark after consecutive conference losses to Swampscott and Winthrop.
“Even though we lost to Swampscott and we lost to Winthrop, we were really improving,” Veilleux said. “A win’s a win, I’m not picky. You just want your team to come out and execute a little bit more, but I’ll take a win any time.”