MILLBURY, Mass. — The Millbury girls basketball team cruised to a 35-16 win over Oxford on Monday night behind a smothering team defense and balanced scoring over the entire roster.
The Woolies, at home after a tough loss to Quabog, started quickly, racing to 13-2 lead after the first quarter. Keryn Reno jump-started the team by burying a three-point shot, and the Woolies shut down the Pirates' offense.
But Millbury’s shooting went cold in the second quarter as the team started missing its shots. Oxford climbed back, narrowing the lead to 17-10 at halftime behind a six-point quarter by Evelyn Marquis.
But early in the third quarter, the Woolies got two big buckets by Breanna Winberg and another by Brooke Nadeau. That got the Woolies back on a roll, especially defensively as they allowed only a single basket in the quarter.
Millbury’s defense settled down, allowing only six pionts in the second half. Payton Bruegger owned the boards, getting a couple of big offensive rebounds, as the Woolies moved the ball around with excellent passing.
Nadeau led all scorers with 10 points, Winberg was second with eight, and Bruegger chipped in seven more. Abby Kyei and Marquis led the Pirates in scoring with six points apiece.
“We played OK,” Winberg said after the game. “We could have played better, but after a tough game in Quabog, I think everyone is a little tired.”
She commented on the Woolies' cold shooting.
“They started creeping up a bit and we were getting worried about that,” Winberg said. “Once we got a little space between us, everyone settled down and we got the entire bench involved."
The Woolies return to action Thursday at home against Grafton. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.