Girls hoop rides big 4th quarter to win vs. SharonBy Mike Berger
Down by 11 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, the CHS girls basketball team rallied to beat Sharon 60-54 last week for its second win of the season. The win was Canton’s first against a league opponent and brought the girls’ record to 2-6 overall.
Despite committing 25 turnovers, the lady Bulldogs were able to use their height advantage and a pressing defense to gradually wear down the Eagles. Canton received contributions from everyone, led by Hannah Jerrier, who had a team-high 20 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter, and 12 rebounds. Other key contributors included Emma Murphy (11 points, 8 rebounds), Erin Devine (10 points, 3 rebounds), and Maggie Connolly (6 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals).
Lillian Carrington came off the bench to score five points and played tough defense and added a few rebounds. Molly Ludwig, Lindsey Barrett, Nikki Gefteas, Casey Shea, and Taylor Carrington also contributed in the win.
With the teams tied at 25 at the half, CHS head coach Jim Choquette implored his players to pull together, play help defense, rebound better, and reduce the turnovers. “We needed everyone’s help, people playing and everyone on the bench cheering to give us the momentum,” he said.
Sophomore starting guard Julia Hamilton also helped in the win. She was hampered by a hamstring injury but played through the second half to lead the attack.
Earlier in the week, Canton fell 56-42 to Milford, a top Davenport Division team with only one league loss.
Trailing 22-6 after one quarter, the Bulldogs battled back and actually outscored the Hawks over the final three quarters. Jerrier finished with 17 points and double-digit rebounds. Murphy added 12 points for Canton and Devine chipped in with eight.
“I think that if we can play consistently and cut our turnovers, we can compete with anyone,” said Choquette. “We are still a young team and fortunately we have some great leadership from our tri-captains: Emma Murphy, Taylor Carrington and Casey Shea.”
Murphy said the Sharon win shows the improvement this team has made since the start of the season. “It’s a turnaround game,” she said.
In other team news, the girls recently hosted a fundraiser during the Milford game to support breast cancer research and in particular to send best wishes to CHS physical education teacher Kate Coleman. Both teams wore pink to raise awareness and the event raised $700.
This week, the Bulldogs were due to host Foxboro on Tuesday and travel to Stoughton on Friday, January 20. The team will visit Franklin next Tuesday and host Taunton on Friday, January 27, at 6:30 p.m.
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