MILLBURY, Mass. — The Millbury girls' basketball team held on against a very scrappy and tough Sutton team before finally prevailing, 44-33, Thursday night in Millbury.
The Lady Woolies were led once again by Payton Bruegger, who got the tough points down low and drew key fouls that she took advantage of at the free throw line. Bruegger scored 13 points and got five rebounds in the winning effort.
Each quarter had a similar feel, with Millbury getting the better of the play early and then Sutton counter-punching like an experienced boxer. The Woolies did enough to win but it wasn't easy.
"These girls are very tough mentally; they hang in there and play the entire game,” said Millbury assistant coach Michelle Desrosiers. “Sutton is a very good team and they played us tough tonight, but we’re very pleased with the win.”
The Suzies were led by sophomore Amy Haven who led all scorers with 15 points but the player that stood out was Molly Brogie, who shined at both ends of the court, getting rebounds, hustling and playing some excellent defense. She chipped in with four points but her play was much more than that.
Sutton made it a point to double team Molly McCausland in the offensive zone and held the playmaker to just four points so the Lady Woolies had to spread it around and that’s just what they did. Besides Bruegger’s 13 points, Millbury got eight points and some great play from Brooke Nadeau, six from Rebecca Thornburg and five from Alex Pariseau.
With the win, Millbury improves to 10-2 for the season, including eight straight. It returns to action Saturday night in Quabog. The Suzies fell to 11-5 with the loss; they next play Tuesday night at Whitinsville Christian Academy.