Millbury Girls Basketball Team Loses Tournament Opener

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The Millbury girls basketball team lost the opener to the Doherty Highlanders on Sunday afternoon.
The Millbury girls basketball team lost the opener to the Doherty Highlanders on Sunday afternoon. Photo Credit: File photo/Steve Balestrieri

MILLBURY, Mass. —The Millbury High School Girls Basketball team lost a heart-breaker in the opening round of the Westborough Invitational Tournament 35-34 to the Doherty High School Highlanders on Sunday afternoon.

The Woolies had a chance to tie the game with just 11 seconds remaining, but Millbury’s Breanna Winberg hit just one of two free-throws and Millbury wasn’t able to mount another opportunity.

“We had the chance to tie,” said Millbury Assistant Coach Michelle Desrosiers. “But we had the plan on fouling in case of a miss but we weren’t able to get a body on one of theirs and we weren’t able to get the ball back,” she added.

Millbury led through the first half 21-14 but the Highlanders came out strong in the third quarter and raced out to lead by one at the end of three.

“They hit a few three point shots and were rebounding well, but we battled hard and didn’t quit,” Desrosiers said.

Millbury was led by Molly McCausland who led all scorers with 14 points, Breanna Winberg added seven and Payton Bruegger added six points all from the free throw line. Doherty had an outstanding performance by Jayna Cormier who pitched in with 20 rebounds, 10 points and five blocks. Tia Conteh scored 11 for the Highlanders.

Millbury will play in the consolation game of the tournament in Westborough against Shepherd Hill on Tuesday at 2 p.m.

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The stats on this game were incorrect. Breanna Winberg led the game with a score of 13.