Last year, during the quarterfinals of the state tournament, the Billerica girls’ basketball team was sitting at home, while Masconomet was pushing for a spot in the semifinals.
This year proved to be different as the No. 2 seeded Indians downed seventh-seeded Masconomet, 64-42, in the Division 1 North quarterfinals in front of a packed gym Saturday at Billerica.
Billerica (20-2) opened the final quarter on a 10-0 run to take a commanding 56-33 lead. The Indians held Masconomet scoreless for half of the fourth quarter until the Chieftains (16-6) went on a 7-0 run with a little more than four minutes remaining. The run was started by Nicole Femino, who led her squad with 19 points, but the deficit was just too big and their late push wasn’t enough.
The visiting Chieftains made an early statement as they jumped to a 6-0 lead, but Billerica did not panic.
“We gave them three or four, five easy baskets in transition, so we just basically tried to shut that down,” coach Chris Doneski said.
The Indians quickly put together a 6-2 run of their own. The Indians entered the second quarter a lot more aggressive and a lot more controlled as they quickly scored on back-to-back possessions to gain a 16-14 lead. Senior center Joslyn King and senior forward Danielle Nickerson combined for 23 points.
“We just basically tried to make them score in the half court and at the same time we were trying to get the ball down low as much as we can. I thought we did a little better job at that as the game went on,” Doneski said.
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