DANVERS — It came as no surprise to Danvers coach Pat Veilleux that the Division 2 North first round contest with Gloucester would be a hard fought battle all the way. It was back-and-forth until the Falcons took charge in the final quarter to earn a well deserved 50-42 victory.
The Northeastern Conference rivals had split their games during the regular season with Danvers winning by seven points at home, and then dropping a one point decision in overtime on the road.
“That was a weird game I hope never to see repeated,” said Veilleux. “The score was tied after three, and neither team scored a single point in the last quarter. We knew we’d be in a fight tonight, but give Gloucester all the credit in the world because they had to win four in a row to qualify. They really gave us a battle, especially in the first half. I’m proud of the way my girls came back in the second half to pull it out.”
Veilleux said the difference in this third meeting of the season was freshman Hannah Llewellyn, who came off the bench to spark the Falcons in the second half. Llewellyn finished with a dozen points, including three big treys after intermission.
Gloucester clung to a one point lead at the half, 25-24 after Kasey Sherry hit a 3-pointer just before the buzzer to cut the deficit to a point. The Falcons were able to open things up in the second half, outscoring the visitors, 26-17 led by four bombs, three by Llewellyn and another by Sherry, who had a team high 16 points.
“Llewellyn missed the overtime game in Gloucester because she was sick,” said Veilleux. “She did a great job tonight, especially taking some of the pressure off Kasey because she was getting tired. Llewellyn is coming off a sprained ankle, but you’d never know it the way she played.”