Algonquin 53, Shrewsbury 42

Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at Shrewsbury

Algonquin Regional coach Ron Jones has seen his team struggle to score in a period before, so he wasn't too concerned about his team's offensive woes as long as the Tomahawks were playing solid defense. Jones' hunch was right as fifth-ranked Algonquin, trailing by seven at halftime after a dismal second quarter, outscored Shrewsbury High by 18 in the third period and withstood Elizabeth Grip's second-half onslaught to topple the Colonials, 53-42. The Tomahawks, who snapped a two-game losing streak, improved to 10-3, 6-0 in the Midland A, after sweeping the season series against the Colonials (2-7, 2-4). Grip, a junior, poured in a game-high 24 points. She scored all six of her team's third-period points and 14 in the second half. ‘‘(Confidence) is back with us,'' said Algonquin junior guard Amanda Murphy, who scored a team-high 15 points, 11 in the second half. ‘‘At halftime, we kind of went in there and talked to each other, and it kind of lit a fire under us. We knew we had to come out strong and beat a good team like Shrewsbury.''

Updated: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, 9:12 a.m.

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