Lady hoopsters closing in on postseason berth

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According to CHS head girls basketball coach Jim Choquette, when senior center-forward Hannah Jerrier scores 20 or more points, the lady Bulldogs have a great chance of winning that game. When she is held to under 15 points, Choquette said, the opposite usually holds true.

Senior captain Hannah Jerrier (Mike Barruci photo)

Senior captain Hannah Jerrier (Mike Barruci photo)

That was the case again last week as Jerrier topped 20 points in both of Canton’s wins, including a spectacular 41-point performance in a 68-52 victory over North Attleboro. She was limited to just 13 points in their only loss of the week — a 62-42 defeat at the hands of playoff-bound Oliver Ames.

As of February 5, the lady Bulldogs stood at 8-7 overall and were within two wins of making the state tournament for the first time since 2011. (The team fell to Milford on Tuesday night and can lock up a postseason spot with a 2-1 finish over its final three games.)

In last Friday’s game against North Attleboro, the girls played in front of a packed CHS gym as part of a boys-girls doubleheader and completed the home sweep with an impressive double-digit victory. Jerrier was outstanding from the start, scoring 17 points in the first quarter alone as Canton built a 23-9 lead.

The lady Rocketeers battled back in the second quarter and made it a four-point game at the half, but the Bulldogs regained control in the third behind the strong play of Jerrier and guards Julia Hamilton and Maggie Connolly.

In addition to scoring a career-high 41 points, Jerrier also pulled down 25 rebounds, made three assists, and was perfect from the free throw line.

Junior center-forward Erin Devine added 10 points, 13 rebounds and six assists, and junior forward Molly Ludwig scored seven points, including a key three-pointer when NA cut the lead to four.

Choquette said the team played consistent, two-way basketball in the NA win and have a good chance of beating any opponent when they play like that for four quarters.

In earlier action last week, the lady Bulldogs traveled to Dover-Sherborn and came away with a 48-34 victory. Jerrier led the offense with 20 points while Devine and Connolly added 12 points apiece. Choquette said Hamilton played every minute and was instrumental in breaking the press and finding Jerrier around the basket. Senior Lindsey Barrett was also was singled out by Choquette for her play on the defensive end.

CHS lost to a 10-4 Oliver Ames team last Tuesday but was in the game for the first two quarters, trailing by only six at the half. Jerrier found challenges around the basket as OA countered with a player in front and in back of her and Canton players committed too many turnovers trying to get the ball inside to their leading scorer. Besides Jerrier’s 13 points, Devine and freshman Kayla Albert each had six points with Ludwig and sophomore Lilah Milton adding four points apiece.

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