Kara Charette scored 23 points to lead Fairhaven in the Division 3 South girls’ basketball tile, spurring the Blue Devils to a 62-59 win over Archbishop Williams Saturday at UMass-Boston.
Charette, the 6-foot senior captain, walked to the charity stripe and sank two free throws to put her team up by three points with 7.7 seconds remaining in the game.
“I couldn’t think ahead to the garden,” she said, “I took it one at a time like it was any day at practice.”
It was an aggressive game from the start. Both teams stormed out with extreme defensive pressure, forcing an excessive amount of turnovers. The two teams battled to a 10-10 tie after one quarter of play, but the Bishops edged Fairhaven at the end of the half 26-25.
Despite 11 second-half turnovers, Fairhaven (21-3) broke the game open 52-47 lead with 4:15 left in the fourth quarter after a foul and free throw attempt by Charette. The five-point lead with the Blue Devils' largest lead of the game.
The Bishops (20-6) did not let up. After forcing back-to-back turnovers, junior guard Sara Ryan nailed a 3-pointer with 1:16 remaining to tie the game.
Jeff Perry, the fourth-year coach for Fairhaven, gathered his team at a timeout.
“I told them that I was proud of them and I thought they were the better basketball team," Perry said. "We just had to be mentally better than them.”
As the buzzer sound, an emotional coach Perry was handed the game ball before reminiscing about the journey he has had with his team.
“We’ve had this goal from Nov. 28, the first day of practice, first Monday after Thanksgiving.
“I’m feeling it for the seniors, the emotion comes for the seniors,” Perry continued. “I know how hard they have worked for four years.”
Four years ago, seniors Charette and Kelsey Perron-Sovik were on a team that did not qualify for the state tournament. In their second year, they were eliminated in the first round and in 2011 they were bounced in the South quarterfinals.
On Tuesday, the Blue Devils will take on Pentucket at the TD Garden in the Division 3 Eastern Mass championship.
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