The 12th-seeded Watertown girls’ basketball team staged a 21-point explosion while holding secondd seed St. Mary’s of Lynn to 11 points en route to a 61-60 victory Tuesday in the MIAA Division 3 tournament semifinals at Mystic Valley High School.
After Watertown clawed back from a 49-38 fourth-quarter deficit to tie the game, 60-60, Watertown coach Patrick Ferdinand called a timeout with 16 seconds left to draw up an isolation play for junior point guard Gabby Coppola, who led the Raiders (13-10) with 10 fourth quarter points.
On cue, Coppola drove to the basket and headed to the line after picking up a blocking foul where she made 1 of 2 free throws. Hanging on to a 1-point lead, the Raiders applied full court pressure on the Spartans (21-3) and forced them into a contested 3-pointer as time expired.
“We have been in this spot before where we have been down and I just thought that we stayed aggressive and consistent,” said Ferdinand. “When that shot went up and it rang off the rim we stormed the floor and we couldn’t hold our emotions and it was an incredible win. I couldn’t put it into words. Everyone sacrificed and it was a great win with everyone in our community supporting us in that moment. It was surreal.”
The Raiders jumped to an early 16-15 lead in the first quarter after sophomore guard Rachel Campbell (18 points) drilled a 3-pointer to finish with 7 points in the quarter.
"The first quarter we did a decent job. Our game plan was to make them work for several possessions and limit their transition shots,” said Ferdinand. “We were neck and neck but we had some defensive lapses in our rotations.”
Freshman Katelyn Rourke sparked the Raiders' run in the fourth quarter with two straight 3-pointers. The forward finished finished with 9 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals and 1 blocked shot.
Coppola scored a team high 21 points along with 4 assists, 2 steals and 1 block.
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