As the unbeaten top-seed, Reading was in the perfect spot but wasn't able to defend its state title, losing 59-51 to Medfield in an overtime thriller in Monday's Division 2 EMass Championship game at TD Garden.
After scoring the first basket of the game, the Rockets never led again until late in the fourth quarter. With about 20 seconds left on the clock, junior Bridget Clements drilled a 3-pointer to put her team ahead by 1.
On the ensuing possession, Medfield's Lauren Petit threw up a desperation 3-pointer and was fouled, sending her to the line for three crucial free throws. Petit missed the first shot and made the second to tie the game at 49. Perhaps the pressure was just too much for Petit, though, as she missed the third and sent the game into overtime.
However, she got her redemption in the extra period, going 5-of-6 from the line. The Warriors defense kept Reading off the board for more than three minutes in overtime before Olivia Healy (27 points) scored on a layup. But at that point it was too late. Once the clock hit zero, the Medfield bench went into a frenzy, and rightfully so, as the Warriors ended Reading's illustrious 48-game winning streak to move onto the state championship game on Saturday.
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