Groton, MA -- In a rematch of 2014's first round, Lawrence Academy's varsity girls' basketball team turned the tables and defeated ISL foe Governor's Academy 48-38 in Wednesday, March 3's NEPSAC Class-B quarterfinals tournament game.
After two quick baskets gave the Spartans a head start, the two SQUADS traded off the lead throughout the first half. At halftime, LA led 20-17.
"One thing I was really happy about was the way they came out," LA Head Coach Donna Mastrangelo said of her team postgame. "Last Friday night here, the Worcester game, we had a very, very difficult first half, and we came out very sluggish. [Today] the kids came out running and set the tone, which was what we were looking for.
"We let [Govs] get back in it ... and we gave them too much going into that half," Coach Mastrangelo added. "We kept them in the game, and that made it hard, but I was glad that we at least came out on fire and ready to play some basketball."
Perhaps buoyed by a packed house, the Spartans kept the lead throughout the second half.
"It's great to have the fan support too," said Coach Mastrangelo. "That was -- never seen anything like it here at Lawrence Academy, for girls."
The head coach also praised the work of the team's younger members, including Tate Jordan '17, who has been playing more since co-captain Jaly Marquez '15 was injured [last month].
"She's been doing a great job for us the last five, six games," Coach Mastrangelo said of Jordan. "It's a lot of pressure on her, but she's been up for it, really has been meeting the challenges, so we've been really pleased with that kind of performance by a younger player."
Lawrence Academy's varsity girls' basketball team will face the Tilton School (in Tilton, NH) in the tournament's semifinals on Saturday, March 7 at 2:00 a.m. Coach Mastrangelo noted that she's looking for her team to "be smart" in the match.
"We've got to have control, a little bit, on the offensive end," she explained. "When we make a big play, sometimes we get a little too excited, and we've really got to calm down a little bit and set up our offenses and run our offenses."
The game will be streamed live. Watch: http://www.tiltonschool.org/athletics/live