Two things that you can expect during tournament season is drama and upsets. And that is what we got on Wednesday night.
Unranked Notre Dame (Hingham) stunned No. 6 Oliver Ames, 48-38, in Easton.
“I told the kids if they beat Plymouth North in the first round, then we will beat Oliver Ames,” head coach Michael Barrett said.
In the first quarter, Notre Dame’s tallest player, center Colleen McClelland, picked up two early fouls that forced Barrett to bench her for the rest of the first half. While the Cougars were undersized, Barrett felt that his squad did a good job “sealing off the inside.”
The Cougars entered halftime trailing 28-22, and Barrett felt that his team was in great position to win the game.
“I told the kids that it was a combination of fundamentals and the kids knew what they had to do defensively in order to be successful,” Barrett said.
In the second half, the Cougars picked up their intensity and pushed the ball a lot more on Oliver Ames. Their tenacious defense caused turnovers that led to quick fast breaks and easy opportunities. Barrett felt that his team’s quickness was the difference.
“I feel we wore them down and frustrated Oliver Ames,” Barrett said, “I don’t think they expected our quickness.”
Notre Dame, which never led the game until taking the lead with less than two minutes remaining in the final quarter, outscored Oliver Ames 26-10 in the second half.
Oliver Ames was not the only ranked team to get bounced on Wednesday night. Ninth-ranked Newton North fell to Newton South in a dramatic 49-45 upset in overtime.
Newton North emerged as one of the teams to beat in the tournament after a 19-game winning streak and an impressive win over previously top-ranked Braintree.
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