The Lady Bulldogs will almost certainly be falling in the rankings after this one.
Senior captain Tania Holmes scored a career-high 37 points and the Medford girls' basketball team stunned second-ranked Lynn English, 52-50, at Cooper Gymnasium.
"It was back and forth," Medford coach Leo Burke said. "It was a game of runs and we survived their runs and held on down the stretch."
Junior forward Aleah McAusland-Ace chipped in eight points, six of them in the fourth quarter, and senior captain Emily Welch pulled down 10 rebounds for the Mustangs (8-5) in dealing the Bulldogs their first loss of the season.
"They missed a few shots, we rebounded at crucial times down the stretch and got the ball to Tania who's our best foul shooter," Burke said.
English (11-1) went on a run late in the second quarter and hit a shot at the buzzer to take a 26-25 lead into halftime, but could not finish the job.
"I told them they were coming to Medford undefeated, they are very well coached and a very talented team, but if we play as a team we have a chance to win," Burke said. "It was a total team effort tonight."
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