(Haverhill MA) There had been six lead changes and seven ties.
Then senior Flannery O’Connor took over in the third quarter.
The Cape Ann League All-Star engineered a run of nine unanswered points and a slim one-point lead (36-35) moved to a breathing-room 45-35 score.
The second-half surge of points was too much for foul-prone Lynnfield to overcome and they fell to (18-4) Amesbury 65-50 on Wednesday night at Whittier.
“We hung around for three quarters,” said Lynnfield coach Peter Bocchino afterwards. “We ran out of gas in the fourth quarter.”
The Pioneers (14-9) did get within eight (51-43) with 5 ½ minutes to go in the game.
But then junior Alli Napoli set up teammate Ciara Sullivan for consecutive three’s and Amesbury’s double-digit spread was restored for good.
Continuous fouling by both teams ruined any chance for patterned offense to be on display. There were plenty of one-on-one’s which turned up fouls or layups.
Alli Napoli (Amesbury) and Tori Morelli (Lynnfield) were both in early foul trouble and on their respective benches for much of the first half.
The missing twosome were usually steadying influences on their teams and without them, the play was often ragged in the first half.
“I liked the way that the girls stayed composed with Alli out most of the first half,” said Amesbury coach Gregg Dollos.
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