WORCESTER -- Nashoba scored the first basket of the game, and that would be the last time the Chieftains saw the lead as Medfield cruised to a 54-36 victory to become the Division 2 state Girls’ Basketball champions for the first time in school history.
Medfield's Lauren Petit (18 points) went coast to coast with 10 seconds remaining and hit a jump shot before half to take a 31-21 their largest lead of the first half into half time. Medfield put together a run after the Chieftains cut the lead to 6, and Medfield answered by scoring the last five points to end the first half. The Warriors failed to pull away in the second when they went cold from the field and missed lay ups around the rim.
Medfield came out of halftime in a man-to-man defense that was too much for Nashoba, scoring six straight points. While Medfield held Nashoba scoreless for four minutes in the third, Nashoba returned the favor by not allowing Medfield to score for the final 3:51 of the third quarter after Erin Cressman (12 points) score on a basket and free throw to put Nashoba on the board for the first time in the second half.
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