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Nashoba Girls Earn Crucial League Win Over Marlboro

January 19, 2019

BOLTON -- It was quite a turnaround in Bolton on Friday night.

After getting down 13-11 through the first eight minutes, the Nashoba Regional girls’ basketball turned up the pressure and outscored the visiting Marlboro Panthers, 48-21, over the final three quarter as the hosts earned a crucial 59-34 Mid-Wach B league victory.

With the win, Nashoba ran its record to a perfect 11-0 overall and 4-0 in league play while the Panthers fell to 8-2 overall and 2-2 in Mid-Wach B action.

“We are kind of in the grind of season now,” said Nashoba head coach Tina Seabury. “Again, as always, our defense led to our transition offense, which really kick-starts everything. I think everyone really contributed tonight. Once we start swinging the ball and getting everyone involved, it is hard to beat us.”

The difference on this night was one team’s ability to hit shots from behind the arc while the other struggled throughout the evening. Nashoba finished the night 8-for-18 from 3-point land, while Marlboro was just 6-for-30.

The Chieftains took their first lead of the contest just 30 seconds in the second quarter as Jillian Payne (12 points on 4-for-9 shooting from behind the arc) drilled a deep 3-pointer and Brie Donahue converted an old-fashioned three-point play, giving the hosts 17-13 lead.

Nashoba extended its lead to double digits late in the half when Payne and Caylie McMahon (15 points, 3-for-4 from behind the arc) connected on back-to-back 3-pointers as the hosts held a 32-22 lead. The Chieftains took a 32-25 lead into the locker room.

In the second half, the Chieftains continued to keep their foot on the gas as they pushed their lead to double figures after three quarters at 45-34.

Junior Abby McNulty (15 points) put this one out of reach when she connected on a pair of layups on back-to-back possessions to push Nashoba’s lead to 15 at 49-34. The hosts’ defense was so good on this night that they held the Panthers scoreless over the final eight minutes.

“I think it was our pressure that got things going,” Seabury said. “We preach defense in our practices and the fundamentals of defense, and it really translates to the court.”