Millbury Girls Basketball Routs Grafton 58-28

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Millbury's Rebecca Thornburg moves the ball upcourt with Grafton's Kailey Carota in trail. Millbury won 58-28. Photo Credit: Steve Balestrieri
Jump ball at midcourt. Photo Credit: Steve Balestrieri
Grafton's Megan Treu fires a pass into the paint early in the game. Photo Credit: Steve Balestrieri
Grafton tries to set up a shot but Millbury's defense was holding firm. Photo Credit: Steve Balestrieri
Molly McCausland fires a pass to a wide open Jackie Pariseau for a 3-point shot. Photo Credit: Steve Balestrieri
Kendal Bergenholtz sinks a free throw. Photo Credit: Steve Balestrieri
Brooke Nadeau gets ready to sink a free throw in the third quarter. Photo Credit: Steve Balestrieri

MILLBURY, Mass. — The Millbury Girls Basketball team put on a big team defensive effort Wednesday night and, using their fast break, easily defeated the Grafton Indians 58-28.

Millbury’s star of the game was once again Breanna Winberg who not only led all scorers with 14 points but totally dominated the boards with 13 rebounds, giving Millbury chance after chance in the offensive end.

Winberg, picking up the slack for an injured Payton Bruegger, who played sparingly because of a bad ankle, stepped up in a big way for the Woolies.

Grafton planned on pressing the Woolies and forcing turnovers in the Millbury end. But the plan backfired as the Woolies were able to utilize the fast break for easy shots or catching the Indians as they rushed back to their end would pass the ball for easy wide open shots.

The Woolies' Molly McCausland showed a good burst all night.  She carried the ball from end to end and sprung the offense into gear. McCausland got the team going early, when the game was still close, she pulled up and buried a three-point shot to give Millbury a six point lead. After that, this one was never in doubt.

Millbury led by 11 after the first quarter and their smothering defense kept forcing the Indians into low percentage shots. With Winberg and Brooke Nadeau controlling the boards, the Woolies were in cruise control with 33-14 by halftime.

The third quarter was when Millbury put this one away, outscoring the Indians 16-2, where they had no answer for the fast break. Winberg also hit a couple of baskets in the paint and Millbury coach Steve Reno emptied the bench for the fourth quarter.

For the Indians, senior Kendal Bergenholtz scored seven of her team high, nine points, in the fourth quarter and Shannon Dewar added in eight more. Sophomore Makayla Ritzie played a solid game at both ends of the court as well.

The Woolies got a balanced scoring effort from across the board, with Winberg getting 14, McCausland, 13, Nadeau, eight, Jackie Pariseau and Mikaela Mitchell with six points each.

With the approaching winter storm, each team’s Friday’s games may be cancelled. If so, the Woolies would next play on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in Northbridge. The Indians would then play at home on Tuesday night against Nipmuc. Both games would start at 7 p.m.

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