“It’s just really good for the town of Hull too, the past two years we’ve had no budget and sports has had no money,” Hull coach Liz Londergan.
The Pirates held a 27-16 halftime advantage after jumping out to a 13-2 first-quarter lead, led by Nicole Heavern (13 points) who scored 9 points in the first half, and Lauren Geary who scored 8 of her 12 points in the first two quarters. Hull forced Greater New Bedford guard and the team’s top scorer Stephanie Antoine (9 points) to the bench at the 55-second mark of the second quarter with four fouls.
Antoine started the fourth quarter but fouled out 10 seconds in with the Bears trailing 40-27. Her teammate, starting guard Alexandria Richards (4 points), fouled out 25 seconds later.
Hull guard Amy MacDonald (13 points, 7 rebounds, 4 steals) said that after scouting Greater New Bedford earlier in the playoffs, the Pirates were aware that shutting down Antoine would be key. In Antoine’s absence, the Pirates were led by Vanessas Conceicao’s 16 points.
Katie Manning grabbed 14 boards for the Pirates.
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