WORCESTER – Arlington Catholic won its first girls basketball state championship, beating Millbury 49-28 in the Division 2 girls basketball final at the DCU Center.
Millbury took a 7-5 lead after a quarter, but Arlington Catholic senior guard Erin Nee (9 points, 4 rebounds) came out firing in the second quarter and drained back-to-back 3-pointers within the first minute and a half to put her squad on top for the remainder of the game.
Nee’s scoring was a catalyst for a 19-0 second-quarter run that lasted until the 1:35 mark, when Millbury high-scorer Julie Frankian (10 points) hit a jumper to make it 24-9.
Nee was forced to wear a mask for the first time after breaking her nose earlier in the playoffs.
“I wasn’t used to shooting with the mask on, but I guess it worked really well,” Nee joked. “We fed off the excitement of the crowd and they really helped us get pumped up … we knew what we had to do. We knew this was it.”
Arlington finished 21-6; Millbury went 23-1.
The victory capped an impressive rebound from a poor beginning to the season, when Arlington Catholic went 4-3.
“We, as coaches and our team, in the beginning of the year, we -- how do we re-phrase it? We really stunk in the beginning of the year,” Arlington Catholic coach Dave Brady said “Which makes [the win] exciting, we’ve come so far.”
Arlington Catholic was led by Emma Roberson’s 16 points and 7 rebounds.
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