MILLBURY, Mass. —The Millbury girls basketball team scored a big comeback in the second half to catch and finally beat the Uxbridge High Spartans, 31-24, on Friday night in Millbury.
The Spartans led nearly the entire game, using a layered, stifling defense that kept the Woolies off-balance. The Spartans rotated their defense, doubling and sometimes tripling Millbury’s big players in the paint.
But after trailing 13-11 at the half, the Woolies rallied. After being out-muscled on the boards, Millbury’s Payton Bruegger and Brooke Nadeau began to take over with intense physical play. Bruegger tied the game with 1:03 to go in the third quarter with a free throw, and Millbury was back in business.
The Woolies missed many shots and hit only 11-of-21 from the free-throw line. But when the game counted, they hit the crunch shots. Breanna Winberg buried a shot from the perimeter to give the Woolies the lead and then stole a pass at midcourt and took it the distance to give Millbury some breathing room. Uxbridge was in foul trouble at that point, and Winberg, Breugger and Keryn Reno all hit big free-throws.
Bruegger led all scorers with 13 points, while Winberg scored 11 for the Woolies. Alex Van Loon led the Spartans with eight points and excellent defensive play. Missy Morton chipped in six points for Uxbridge.
The Woolies will play in the Westborough Invitational Tournament on Sunday with the tip-off scheduled for noon, weather permitting. They also have scheduled games Tuesday and Thursday, with the times to be announced.