Player of the Week: Jasmyn Cooper, Oliver Ames Basketball

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By HockomockSports.com Staff

Oliver Ames sophomore Jasmyn Cooper has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for March 6 through March 20. Cooper is the 24th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2021-22 school year and the 13th of the winter season.

Cooper capped off a stellar sophomore season by helping the Tigers beat top seed, and unbeaten, Norwood in the Div. 2 state title game on Saturday night at the Tsongas Center in Lowell. Cooper scored a game-high 22 points, including 12 of OA’s 14 points in the third quarter, and grabbed 10 rebounds, all while being OA’s primary ball-handler. She was one of OA’s star performers throughout the tournament, culminating in a third state title for the Tigers.

“Jasmyn can play the point, she can play the post, she can play the wing,” said OA coach Laney Clement-Holbrook following the state title game. “She’s so calm and she’s so collected for a sophomore, it’s just amazing to me.”

After a big win over North Middlesex in the opening round, Cooper led the Tigers to a third win this season against division rival Foxboro. Cooper scored 22 points, including six of OA’s 10 points in the decisive run in the fourth quarter that put the game away. In the quarterfinal round, Cooper scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, as OA scored 84 points as a team to beat Dracut. Cooper also showed her versatility on the defensive end, holding Ashlee Talbot to just three points in the third quarter (she finished with 40 on the night) to help the Tigers pull away.

In the semifinal, facing a Medfield team that had beaten the Tigers twice in the regular season, Cooper filled the stat sheet with her all-around game. She scored 14 points, grabbed eight rebounds, dished out eight assists, and had three steals. OA beat the Warriors in overtime to get to the final. At the Tsongas Center, Cooper was matched up against Norwood star Megan Olbrys and took advantage of the matchup to score eight points in the first and get OA in front early. On the other end of the floor, Cooper chased Norwood guard Erin Reen and made it difficult for her to get clean looks from the perimeter.

The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision.

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Jasmyn Cooper The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision. Jasmyn Cooper The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision. Jasmyn Cooper The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision. Jasmyn Cooper The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision. Jasmyn Cooper The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision. Jasmyn Cooper The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision. Jasmyn Cooper The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision. Jasmyn Cooper The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision.

Murphy’s Return Was Final Piece To Oliver Ames’ Puzzle

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Oliver Ames senior Anna Murphy dribbles to the basket in the first half against Norwood. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
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 LOWELL, Mass. — Legendary Oliver Ames head coach Laney Clement-Holbrook likes to describe her squad as a puzzle, the players fitting together to create a true team.

The Tigers temporarily lost one of the pieces to its puzzle in the middle of February when senior Anna Murphy was forced out of action with a concussion in a win over Foxboro.

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Murphy didn’t play the final four games of the regular season, which included two of OA’s three losses this entire year, missed the first-round win over North Middlesex, and saw very little action in the playoff rematch with Foxboro, essentially missing a half dozen games to close the season.

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“It was difficult, I just remember thinking how bad I wanted to be back, I really wanted to be back but I wasn’t getting better as quick as I wanted to but I wanted to be ready for the tournament,” Murphy said. “And Laney knew that too, she kept telling me to take my time. It took a little longer than I wanted, even though it wasn’t the same as before, it worked out perfectly fine.

“It was unfortunate because I had to stay indoors, I missed everyone so much. I was FaceTiming them at the pasta dinners…it was unfortunate it happened but I think it helped us grow and it made me appreciate the time I had with all of them. It makes me sad to think it’s over now.”

Now back in the fold, Murphy played a vital role in helping Oliver Ames clinch the Division 2 State Championship with a 53-48 win over previously undefeated Norwood.

“Getting her back, absolutely completed [the puzzle],” Clement-Holbrook said. It broke our heart that she missed six games because of that concussion. It was just like God looking over our shoulders and this made things right. The fact that she contributed in that way, especially tonight, it was like all the pieces were back together.

“I always talk about a puzzle, we are one big puzzle. Just because someone’s piece is bigger or someone’s is smaller, if you pull it out, it’s not a complete puzzle anymore.”

The senior reserve has been a big boost in the early goings throughout the playoff run, getting six points in the win over Dracut and adding a basket in the first half of OA’s overtime thriller against Medfield in the state semifinals.

It continued on Saturday night at the Tsongas Center, converting a layup in the first quarter for a 15-10 lead, and then adding a floater (20-14) and a putback in the second, the latter bucket giving the Tigers a 24-21 lead at halftime.

“We absolutely missed her,” said classmate Caroline Peper. “With her out it was a missing part of our team. Even in the Medfield game, we knew she was going to be the key component that was missing in our previous games. We knew she was going to make a great impact and just needed to do what she was doing before she left.”

While her offensive contributions in the first half were important, her points in the fourth were gigantic for the Tigers. OA was forced into some lineup changes due to foul trouble, and the Norwood defense was zoned in on stopping Peper and sophomore Jasmyn Cooper. That left plenty of opportunity for others to step up and Murphy took advantage.

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She hit nothing but net on a tough elbow jumper with under four minutes to play that put the Tigers ahead 44-38. And she wasn’t rattled by the bright lights or loud crowd either as she sank a pair of free throws to make it 48-43 with two minutes to go.

“She’s so consistent, such a great role model,” Cooper said. ”She gives us great energy off the court and on the court. It really brings the energy up in the gym.”

The Mustangs battled back into the game, a quick 5-1 burst capped by a strong take from Erin Reen got the top-seed within one with 25.9 seconds left. After missing the free throw, Murphy hauled in a huge defensive rebound and was fouled.

Cool as a cucumber, the senior sank both free throws to push OA’s lead back to three at 51-48 with 21 seconds left in the game. OA got a final stop and Peper iced the game with two free throws with just seconds left.

“I think everyone believes in everyone else on this team, which is amazing,” Murphy said. “We’re all so skilled and developed players that we aren’t afraid to take it when we need to. Pep was being guarded like crazy, Kaydance [Derba] was in foul trouble, and it’s those times that the whole team works together. At that point, it was just finding the open player.”

On top of her offensive showing, Murphy had her hands full on the defensive side. Classmate Hailey Bourne, one of the best defenders in the region, picked up two fouls early on and battled foul trouble all game. That meant Murphy was tasked with guarding Villanova-commit and 1,000-point scorer Megan Olbrys.

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While Olbrys finished with a team-high 21 points, she was consistently and constantly heavily defended by Murphy and others.

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“Without question [everyone had their moment]. The only two players who had the physicality to handle [Meg Olbrys] were Hailey [Bourne] and Murph. When Murph came in, she stepped up.

“It was just so satisfying for me because I just felt like she had been so cheated but it ends with us winning a state championship so I couldn’t be happier.”

Murphy’s return proved to be the final piece needed in Oliver Ames’ puzzle, and that resulted in the D2 State Championship.

OA Corrals Norwood, Wins Third State Championship

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Oliver Ames players celebrate after clinching the 2022 Division 2 State Championship with a win over Norwood. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
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LOWELL, Mass. – There were less than three seconds remaining in Saturday night’s Div. 2 state title game at the Tsongas Center when Oliver Ames senior guard Caroline Peper stepped to the line. Despite not having scored to that point in the game and with raucous crowds on both sides of the gym making a deafening noise, OA’s leading scorer, who reached the 1,000-point mark for her career in the playoff opener, had the chance to seal a championship.

Peper (eight rebounds), a 97-percent foul shooter this season, barely hesitated, knocking down both free throws to knock out top seed Norwood. Oliver Ames (22-3) led practically from start to finish, walking away with a 53-48 victory, handing the top seed its first loss of the season, and claiming the program’s third state title.

“This to me is the most magnificent moment these kids will ever have and it’s all because of each other,” said OA coach Laney Clement-Holbrook, who earned career win No. 733 on Saturday. “It’s been like a family for the entire year and it couldn’t have ended any better for that family. I’m incredibly proud of them.”

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When asked what was going through her mind with a chance to clinch a title, Peper explained, “I knew they were going to go in and that was going to be it. A little different knowing there wasn’t a game after. I don’t know, I never expected it [to end] this way. I’m sure it will hit me tomorrow but I’m so glad that I did it with this team. I absolutely love them, they’re my favorite people, and they deserve it 100 percent.”

The focal point entering the game was Norwood’s star forward Megan Olbrys. The Villanova-commit had the type of size and all-around game that could cause OA problems on both ends of the floor. Rather than Norwood’s experience, it was OA’s youth that took control of the game early on.

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Sophomore Jasmyn Cooper (game-high 22 points and 10 rebounds) was matched up with Olbrys on the offensive end, so the Tigers made her the primary ball-handler. Cooper got an early bucket on a nice pass by classmate Kaydance Derba, drove past Olbrys for a layup, got out on the break after a Peper steal and look-ahead, and took a feed from fellow sophomore Sarah Hilliard (15 points, two blocks, three steals, and three assists) for another finish at the rim.

Clement-Holbrook said, “We set up our offense based on the fact that we were going to keep Olbrys away from the basket and Jasmyn can play the point, she can play the post, she can play the wing. She’s so calm and she’s so collected for a sophomore, it’s just amazing to me.”

With Cooper scoring eight points and Hilliard adding five, OA jumped out to a 13-8 lead. On the defensive end, Hailey Bourne picked up two quick fouls guarding Olbrys (team-high 21 points) in the paint, so Anna Murphy (12 points) came off the bench to take on that challenge. They held Norwood’s star to just three free throws in the first. Murphy also got a basket to make it 15-10 after one.

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Hilliard got the second quarter started with a long three. The eight-point lead would be the largest of the night for the Tigers. Norwood crept back into the game. Erin Reen (14 points) drilled a three and Olbrys finally got free in the paint for a basket.

A second three from Reen cut the lead to just one, 22-21, but Murphy battled for an offensive rebound and scored to push the lead back to three at the break. It was a scrappy quarter for the Tigers, but energy off the bench from Murphy, Maddie Homer, and Sophia Krinsky helped keep OA in front.

The third quarter turned into a duel between Olbrys and Cooper. The Norwood senior knocked down a pair from beyond the arc and then a free throw from Tricia Wlodkowski tied the game at 28-28. Cooper answered back. She spun through the lane and finished, drove past Olbrys for a layup, and then got out in transition to finish off a two-on-one following a Hilliard steal.

Cooper scored 12 of OA’s 14 points in the third and had the Tigers up 38-35 heading to the fourth. She said, “It’s amazing having this amazing team, amazing coaching staff, to celebrate this moment with me. I feel like the crowd, the environment of the gym just kept me going and kept me pushing to the end.”

After shooting only two free throws in the first half, OA also got to the line eight times in the third, making them all, and would finish the game shooting 18-of-20 from the charity stripe.

OA looked like it was going to break the game open in the fourth. Hilliard drove baseline for a layup and then took off straight down the lane for another bucket to open up a seven-point gap. Alexa Coras drilled a corner three, her only points of the night, to cut the lead back to four but Murphy was clutch again, hitting two at the line and nailing a long jumper that made it 48-41 with less than three minutes remaining.

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In the semifinal against Medfield, the Tigers let and eight-point lead slip and had to go to overtime to get the win. On Saturday, Norwood put together the late rally. Olbrys scored on a put-back and Wlodkowski scored on an inbounds play to make it a one-possession game. After an OA turnover, Reen burst through the lane and scored plus a foul, but she was unable to make the free throw (Norwood was 10-for-22 from the line) and Murphy grabbed the rebound with 22.6 on the clock.

“My mantra is always defense, rebounds, and free throws, and tonight that was really the answer,” Clement-Holbrook said. “Especially late, especially when it was in bonus, Hilliard, Peper, Cooper, Murphy, they were all money. It was awesome.”

Murphy, who missed several games near the end of the season with a concussion, drilled both of her free throws to put OA up three. After Norwood missed two chances on the other end, the ball ended up in Peper’s hands to put the final touches on a championship season.

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“One hundred percent confidence she was making both of them,” said Cooper. “She’s a great free throw shooter, great captain, just a great person to look up to overall.”

The sophomore added, “It’s good that we shared all of our moments together. I feel like collectively as a team we didn’t play selfish basketball, we played good team basketball to get this win. We all have confidence. We’re going to get that bucket no matter what.”

“Everybody has a part,” said Clement-Holbrook. “I always talk about a puzzle. Just because somebody’s piece is bigger than another or smaller than another, you pull that out and it doesn’t look like a puzzle any more.

“We really felt like we had a difficult challenge on our side of the bracket and I think with each progression and each game that we won I could see such incredible personal growth in each one of my players to the point where it was like building momentum for us…I’m so incredibly proud of them.”

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Oliver Ames Books Spot In Final After Overtime Thriller

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Oliver Ames celebrates after its overtime win over Medfield in a D2 State Semifinal matchup. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
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QUINCY, Mass. — For the first time in over a decade, the Oliver Ames girls basketball team is heading back to the Division 2 State championship game.

The third time proved to be the charm for the Tigers against Medfield as Oliver Ames, who had lost back-to-back games to the Warriors at the end of the regular season, emerged from a hard-fought battle with a 62-59 overtime win to earn a spot in the D2 Final.

The victory wasn’t secure until the last second — all tenths of it — ticked off the clock and the final buzzer sounded in overtime. The journey to get there was full of twists and turns, punches and counter punches, and momentum swings you couldn’t script in a Hollywood thriller.

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“When you play the same team three times, all sorts of things happen,” said Oliver Ames head coach Laney Clement-Holbrook. “You’re just so very familiar with each other and what each other does…it comes down to execution. There were moments I thought we had it, and then there were times we made it a little too easily for them. But the thing I’m most proud of is their resiliency because they didn’t quit, they didn’t give up, and they came back.”

While Medfield had the edge for the first two quarters, Oliver Ames surged ahead during the second half. But even with some big runs, the Tigers couldn’t quite put the Warriors away in regulation.

Similar to their 10-0 run in the third quarter, Oliver Ames hit its stride in the fourth quarter and looked poised to run away with the win. The Tigers rattled off a 13-6 run over a four-minute span, a triple from sophomore Kaydance Derba (nine points, four assists) shortly after OA broke the press put OA ahead 51-43 with two minutes to go in the game.

But similar to how the Warriors responded to OA’s big run in the third (a 7-0 run of their own), Medfield quickly turned the game on its head. Ann McCarthy (28 points, eight rebounds) drew back-to-back fouls for four straight free throws. After a traveling call on OA, McCarthy attacked the rim for two more to make it a two-point game.

Medfield kept the pressure up and forced another turnover and McCarthy splashed in a triple to complete a personal 9-0 run as the Warriors suddenly jumped ahead 52-51 with under a minute to go.

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OA had a shot blocked and then turned it over on the ensuing inbounds play, giving Medfield the ball with the lead and just 19.1 seconds to go.

There was no quit in the Tigers as both senior Hailey Bourne (three steals, three blocks) and sophomore Jasmyn Cooper (14 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, three steals) read the inbounds play perfectly and combined for the steal. Cooper found classmate Sarah Hilliard (six points, 10 rebounds, four assists), who alertly dished it off to senior Caroline Peper (26 points, eight rebounds, three blocks) for an easy layup and OA was back up 53-51 with 12 seconds to go.

Bourne came up with a steal on Medfield’s ensuing inbounds but after a foul, the Warriors got a steal of their own, and McCarthy was fouled. The Medfield star hit the first to tie the game but was short on the second. OA grabbed the rebound, was fouled instantly but their 1-and-1 chance from the line with 0.2 seconds left was off and the game headed to overtime.

“I want to give kudos to our crowd,” Clement-Holbrook said. “We’ve had a couple of the boys come to practice with us the last week and they showed up and brought more people, and they were so important. Those foul shots at the end, I just kind of turned to them and they ramped up the noise. That’s high school basketball.

“These kids just love to play, the senior class has been absolutely amazing in terms of paying it forward for these young kids. They are demonstrating the right things, saying and doing the right things, both on and off the court. I’m so proud of them.”

After each team hit a free throw to open overtime, Cooper came down with an offensive board and put it back in to give the Tigers a 56-54 lead. A baseline make from Medfield tied it but Derba fired a beautiful bullet pass to Cooper cutting to the rim for two and another lead.

Although OA got a stop, the Tigers turned it over trying to take it over half. Bourne had another terrific play, coming up with a block that was called a jump ball, and OA had the possession arrow.

The Tigers couldn’t add to the lead and McCarthy came back with another layup to tie it, but Peper was fouled and went to the line in the double bonus.

She sank both.

Medfield answered with one of their own, but with under 30 seconds to go, the Warriors had to foul and OA made sure to get the ball to Peper.

She sank both, again.

“Yeah, that’s a situation I want to be in, that was the plan to get the ball,” Peper said. “I’m pretty confident in my free throw shooting, I shoot a lot of them in practice. I was ready to be in that position.”

With a 62-59 lead, the Tigers got another final stop, and one last halfcourt heave from the Warriors was off the mark to seal the win.

“When it went to the situation in overtime where they had to foul, we want Peper at the line,” Clement-Holbrook said. “She’s got ice in her veins. We wanted her to get her hands on the ball.”

Oliver Ames saw a pair of eight-point leads disappear, once in each quarter. The latter putting the Tigers just seconds away from a defeat, but Bourne credited her teams’ resiliency for being able to bounce back.

“We never put our heads down, we just kept going,” Bourne said. “Even when there was just one second left on the clock, we never put our heads down. We all came together and just really looked at each other and said, ‘We got this.’ No one dropped their head at all. I think that just goes to show how determined we are.

“It’s very hard to beat a good team three times and we felt like we had nothing to lose.”

It was a slow start on the offensive end for the Tigers, who got early baskets from Cooper and Peper, and a late one from Anna Anna Murphy but trailed 12-6 after a quarter.

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Once OA was able to get its outside scoring going, the offense opened up. Peper hit a pair of triples and Derba added one of her own to get the Tigers within one. After Medfield responded, Peper hit nothing but net on another triple, and Cooper found Hilliard down low for two as the Tigers cut the deficit to 24-22 at the break.

“[Peper] and Kaydance got the offense going,” Clement-Holbrook said. “We wanted to get the ball inside but Medfield did a great job of taking it away, there was not a lot of space. I have three sophomores in my starting lineup, so this was really their first time with this environment. Just from an emotional standpoint, the noise, the crowd, I thought they handled themselves beautifully.”

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Hilliard returned the favor to Cooper three minutes into the second and that sparked a 10-0 run for OA. Peper hit another three and then found Maddie Homer for a layup. A steal from Hilliard ended up with yet another three from Peper and the Tigers surged ahead 38-30. Medfield applied its full court press and closed the quarter with a 7-0 burst to make it 38-37 going into the fourth.

“We knew the pressure was on them,” Peper said of playing Medfield for a third time, having lost the two meetings. “We believed we could beat them because we had some of our players missing on those games that are pretty key components to our team. We weren’t ourselves those games so we came into this game wanting it so bad.”

Oliver Ames girls basketball will take on the winner of #1 Norwood and #5 Whitman-Hanson in the Division 2 State Championship at the Tsongas Center, with the date (either Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) and time to be announced.

OA Passes Dracut Test and Reaches State Semifinal

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The Oliver Ames bench cheers another basket for the Tigers, as they rolled to an 84-64 victory over Dracut to book a place in the D2 Final Four. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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NORTH EASTON, Mass. – Facing a team that likes to press, likes to be aggressive guarding on the perimeter, and likes to get you playing as fast as possible, it is critical to have the vision and willingness to make the extra pass. On Friday night at the Nixon Gym in the Div. 2 quarterfinal against Dracut, Oliver Ames put on a passing clinic.

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The Tigers had three players score in double digits, five score eight or more, and had three players finish with at least five assists. At times, it seemed OA could do whatever it wanted on the offensive end, scoring 20 points in a quarter three times and no fewer than 18, as they rolled into the Final Four with an 84-64 victory.

“It’s nice when that’s what you ask for and that’s what you get,” OA coach Laney Clement-Holbrook said about the passing. “This particular group of seniors, it’s exactly what you get from them. It’s never about themselves ever. We look up at all the banners on the walls and I say that you’re not playing for yourself, you’re playing for something bigger than yourselves, and they have so bought into that.”

Last year, OA finished unbeaten but missed out on the chance to see what it could do in a playoff situation. The Tigers felt like a team that could’ve gone all the way. This year’s team is cherishing the opportunity to put together a tournament run.

“It’s just amazing,” said senior Anna Murphy. “Last year, it broke my heart for the seniors because we didn’t get to have the tournament and we would’ve probably made it this far as well and I think them coming out here and supporting us is just great because the legacy just continues and it’s awesome.”

With a huge crowd in attendance, OA jumped out to a great start. Caroline Peper (23 points, five assists, and eight rebounds) drilled a three and Jasmyn Cooper (23 points and 10 rebounds) twice grabbed offensive rebounds and scored. Sarah Hilliard (16 points, 15 rebounds, and seven assists) then took a pass from Kaydance Derba (nine points and six assists) for a layup and a 9-2 lead.

Dracut had a pretty solid road crowd showing its support too and the Middies were able to battle back behind star guard Ashlee Talbot. She showed off an array of moves and range from well behind the three-point line, scoring 12 of the visitors’ 14 points in the first.

The problem for the Middies was trying to stop OA on the other end. After a Talbot three put Dracut ahead for the only time in the game (14-12), Derba answered with a three of her own. Hilliard kept a possession alive and fed Cooper, who in turn touched a pass onto Peper for an and-one. Peper then closed the first by hitting threes from opposite corners, finishing with 12 points in the opening eight minutes.

“When compare her as a ninth grader to now, it’s not just about offense,” Clement-Holbrook said of Peper. “She’s the leader on the floor, she controls the pace, she assists and for her to have scored her 1,000th point with 10 fewer games, and there were games during the season where she could’ve just taken it and been the offensive player and instead leads in assists, it just shows you the kind of character she has.”

Talbot (game-high 40 points) continued to be red hot in the second quarter, adding another 12 points, but she had 24 of her team’s 26. The Tigers were spreading it around and went on a 13-3 run to take control.

“We knew that that press was going to push us,” said Clement-Holbrook. “We put together a collection of boys from the boys basketball team because we knew we were going to faces some pretty tough pressure and I think that gave the girls a lot of confidence.”

Cooper got it started with a layup off a nice feed from Hailey Bourne and Murphy (eight points) came off the bench, in just her second game back after missing several weeks with a concussion, to score six points in the quarter. After Peper buried another three, she then fed it inside to Cooper for another easy basket and a 13-point lead.

Although MacKeznie Murphy would hit a three to close the gap, OA went into the locker room leading 42-32. A defensive switch at halftime would work wonders in the third quarter. Cooper was tasked with trying to keep an eye on Talbot and to use her length to bother her. This was especially important after Bourne picked up her third and fourth fouls. Cooper held Talbot to only three points in the third.

Clement-Holbrook noted, “She can flat out shoot and we knew that coming in. We talked about that at halftime that, while it’s good that nobody else is really hurting us, we need to maybe turn the volume down on her just a bit.”

While the defense was doing its job, the offense kept pouring it on. Hilliard nailed a three and got an easy bucket in transition after a long outlet pass by Peper, who added four points of her own in the quarter. Cooper continued to do work close to the basket, getting an offensive rebound for two, twice getting easy looks after nice passes from Hilliard.

Murphy also got a bucket in the paint to close out the third, taking a feed from Hilliard, throwing a pump fake that left her defender in her wake and finishing on the other side of the rim. OA went into the fourth up 63-46.

“I’m sitting on the bench and they’re making these passes and I’m like how are they seeing this?” Murphy said with a laugh. “You don’t even realize it when you’re out there because we’re just so bonded as a team and I think it really helps that we have all the strong leadership we have.”

Although Talbot got hot again in the fourth, adding another 13 points and knocking down three from beyond the arc, OA was hardly troubled, as the score never got any closer than 15 in the fourth.

Hilliard and Cooper continued to get out on the break and the Tigers kept making the right passes to break down the Dracut defense. Hilliard added six in the fourth and Cooper had eight. Derba drilled her third triple of the night and pushed the lead to as many as 25 points (74-49). Bourne got her second basket with a nice post move to cap the night.

“Last year we didn’t get a chance and it was heartbreaking and it was heartbreaking because I knew we had the potential to present like this,” said Clement-Holbrook.

She added, “I’m just so grateful that we’ve been had a chance for these kids to actually be able to play through this and they so deserve it. The tenacity, the adversity, their resilience, all those things as high school kids they had to manager through this pandemic over the last two years, I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

Oliver Ames (20-3) is back in the state semifinal for the first time since 2016. The Tigers will get a rematch with No. 3 seed Medfield in the Final Four, after the Warriors beat OA each of the final two games of the regular season.

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OA Surges Past Foxboro Comeback With Late Run

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OA sophomore Kaydance Derba attempts a three-pointer in front of the student section during the Tigers 58-41 victory over Foxboro. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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NORTH EASTON, Mass. – Heading into the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s Div. 2 Sweet Sixteen game at the Nixon Gym, Oliver Ames looked to be cruising to its third win of the season over Foxboro and a berth in the state quarterfinal.

As is so often the case in this rivalry between the teams that have combined to win all but one of the Davenport titles, the story of the game was far from over.

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The Warriors, who managed only nine points in all of the first half, put together a 14-4 run that cut the Tigers lead down to just seven, which was as close as they had been since the score was 9-2. On the brink of allowing a 20-point lead slip away, the Tigers turned on the gas, got out on the break and, in the blink of an eye, put together a 10-0 run that put the game back out of reach.

Sophomore Jasmyn Cooper scored eight of her game-high 22 points in the fourth, including six of OA’s 10 points in the clinching run, to lead the Tigers to a 58-41 victory.

“We knew though that it wasn’t going to last,” OA coach Laney Clement-Holbrook said of the big early lead that the Tigers built. “It was just a question of trying to keep the momentum going and they came out in the third quarter and they were a different team. From a defensive standpoint, I think they made it more difficult for us and sometimes I think we made it more difficult for ourselves, but that’s what happens when you have youth and first time in the bright lights like this.”

Senior Caroline Peper added, “Defense has really contributed. When we get stops, it really helps the offense. They (the three sophomores in the starting lineup) go with that momentum and they were the ones that were leading that fourth quarter charge, so I’m really proud of them.”

The first half was one-sided. OA locked down on defense, allowing only three made baskets and nine points in the first half, while knocking down five threes as a team. Foxboro looked like a team that was getting its first taste of a hostile road playoff environment.

“We definitely played scared, we played young in the first quarter,” Foxboro coach Lisa Downs admitted. “That’s going to happen, but they’re going to mature after games like that, so those are valuable memories for these younger kids to have.”

Peper (17 points) seemed to carry momentum over from her 30-point outburst against North Middlesex in the first round (which included the 1,000th point of her career). She buried a pair of threes and had eight points in the first. Cooper also got off to a strong start with six points, including a layup after Hailey Bourne went up for an offensive rebound and tipped it to Cooper on the opposite block rather than catch it.

Ava Hill (seven points) knocked down a three off the bench, but Foxboro trailed 16-5 after one. If anything, things got tougher for the Warriors’ offense in the second, as they opened the quarter with a pair of free throws from Camryn Collins (11 points and six rebounds), but didn’t score again until Kailey Sullivan (seven points) banked in a jumper with 30 seconds left in the half.

OA wasn’t exactly lighting it up for much of the second, but the Tigers were able to score in bunches. Sarah Hilliard (six points and 13 rebounds) had a put-back for two and Kaydance Derba (13 points and six assists) hit a pair from beyond the arc, the second even deeper than the first. Peper added her third triple of the night and it was a 29-9 lead heading into the locker room.

Foxboro came out of the break a totally different team. The Warriors erased seven points off the deficit in about 90 seconds. Hannah Blake (nine points and eight rebounds) drilled one from the outside, Collins turned a steal into a short pull-up jumper, and Sullivan was able to bank in a runner plus the foul.

Cooper grabbed one of her 14 rebounds to get an easy bucket and Peper drove down the lane for a finish to push the lead back up to 15. As the clock wound down in the quarter, Peper made a nice catch in the lane of a Derba pass and scored at the buzzer to make it 39-22.

It looked like the Tigers had taken Foxboro’s best punch and survived, but the Warriors were far from finished. Sullivan scored with a drive and assisted on a Blake jumper. Erin Foley followed with a three from the wing to get the lead down to just a dozen. Collins got into the lane for two and Hill took an assist from Foley for an easy bucket. After Collins grabbed an offensive rebound and scored, Foxboro had pulled within seven at 43-36.

Downs said, “I give them a lot of credit because at halftime all I could say was you dug yourself a hole and now we need to focus on every possession, one stop at time, one basket at a time. They fought back.”

Collins fouled out with 4:02 on the clock and it seemed to halt the visitors’ momentum just as the Tigers were finding another gear. OA would close the game on a 15-5 run and for the second time this season would turn a close game with Foxboro in the Nixon Gym into a seemingly comfortable victory.

“That fourth quarter run, we leaked out and that’s what we hoped was going to happen,” Clement-Holbrook explained. “The conversation was ball control, make sure you’re boxing out, make sure you’re rebounding, and turn it into a break and make a run.”

Cooper provided the spark, getting an easy layup off a Derba assist. After Hilliard drove baseline for a pair, Cooper got a feed on the block from Hilliard to make it a 13-point game. She then grabbed a defensive rebound and looked over the top on a long outlet to find Derba for a layup.

Bourne kept a possession alive with an offensive rebound and kicked it out to Derba for her third three of the night and it was suddenly an 18-point game again.

Clement-Holbrook said, “I’m just so incredibly proud of all of them because they’ve worked so hard in practice and everyone of them, not just the kids who play, this is about all of us in preparation for this game because it’s not easy to beat a really good team three times.”

With underclassmen filling both lineups on Tuesday, the expectation is these teams will continue to square off in big games for the foreseeable future. Downs relishes that opportunity, “That’s good for us. They’ll make us tournament-ready. Facing them twice in the regular season and now Mansfield twice during the season, the Hockomock League is quite a league and I’m very proud of what they accomplished this season.”

Oliver Ames (19-3) advances to the Elite Eight and will host No. 6 Dracut on Friday night. Foxboro finishes the season at 14-8.

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Tuesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 02/22/22

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Basketball
Foxboro, 83 vs. Middleboro, 52 – FinalFoxboro’s offense was nearly unstoppable in the third quarter as the Warriors used a 26-point frame to blow the game wide open in a win over Middleboro, claiming the Warrior Classic Championship. Senior Dylan Gordon made half of his 12 field goals in the third quarter alone and had 14 of his team-high 28 points as Foxboro turned a 10-point halftime lead (35-25) into a 61-36 advantage going into the fourth. Junior Alex Penders added 16 points on eight makes from the floor and Sam Golub sank four threes, finishing with 13 points.

King Philip, 56 vs. Hanover, 65 – FinalKing Philip cut the deficit down to three going into the final quarter but the Warriors couldn’t keep pace with Hanover over the final eight minutes. KP used a 24-point third quarter, getting a pair of threes from Charlie Grant (11 points), seven points from Braeden Sottile (13 points) and six from Will Laplante (15 points) to make it 45-42 going into the fourth but Hanover pulled away with the win over the final eight minutes.

North Attleboro, 27 vs. Randolph, 51 – FinalNorth Attleboro trailed by just six at halftime and played good defense throughout, but couldn’t keep pace with the Blue Devils in the second half. Casey Poirier scored half of his eight points in the first and Givany Carney had four as the Rocketeers established a 10-6 lead after eight minutes. Randolph took control with a 19-point second quarter, taking a 25-19 advantage into the break. Brody Rosenberg added six points for North.

Stoughton, 66 vs. Southeastern, 44 – FinalStoughton held Southeastern scoreless for over seven minutes in the third quarter, turning a tie game at halftime in a blowout win. The Knights were deadlocked at 32-32 at the break but came out and dominated the Hawks in the third, opening on a 15-0 run before Southeastern got on the board with under a minute to go. Stoughton put the game away with a 9-2 burst to open the fourth quarter. Connor Andrews scored 11 points in the pivotal third quarter and finished with a game-high 25 points while junior Rayan Sablon connected on five threes and finished with 20 points. Konrad Rogers chipped in with a career-best 11 points.

Girls Basketball
Foxboro, 53 vs. Walpole, 62 – FinalDespite three players in double digits, Foxboro fell to visiting Walpole in the final of the Warrior Classic. Kailey Sullivan led the way with 17 points and was named to the all-tournament team. Hannah Blake and Camryn Collins each finished with 13 points.

Oliver Ames, 46 vs. Medfield, 64 – FinalOliver Ames entered halftime trailing by just two (29-27) but a big third quarter from Medfield created the separation the Warriors needed to get the win. Caroline Peper had a team-high 15 points, Jasmyn Cooper added 14 points, and Sarah Hilliard chipped in with 10 points for The Tigers, who will host Medfield in a rematch on Thursday.

King Philip, 58 @ Shrewsbury, 29 – FinalKP won for the second time in as many days and clinched a spot in the state tournament. The Warriors held Shrewsbury to just two points in the first quarter and 10 points in the opening half to build a double-digit lead. Coming out of the break, KP scored 22 points in the third quarter to break the game open and then secured the win by holding Shrewsbury to only five points over the final eight minutes. Emily Sawyer had a big day in the middle for the Warriors, nearly matching Shrewsbury on her own by scoring 24 points. Julia Marsden and Elizabeth Molla each scored 10 points in the in win and Jackie Bonner returned from an injury to knock down a pair of threes and score eight points.

Stoughton, 52 @ Waltham, 61 – FinalStoughton put up a great fight but fell on the road in its final game of the season. Senior Vanessa Phelimond led Stoughton with 11 points while senior Kate Bulger chipped in with nine points.

Boys Hockey
Attleboro, 0 @ Foxboro, 9 – FinalFoxboro had an offensive explosion on Tuesday afternoon, netting a pair of shorthanded goals in a win over Attleboro. The Warriors put 54 shots on net with Jack Watts pacing the offense with a hat trick and one assist. Ben Ricketts added two goals and Matt Grace finished with three assists.

Canton, 6 vs. Boston Latin, 2 – Final

Stoughton, 2 @ Taunton, 2 – Final

Girls Hockey
Canton, 2 @ Franklin, 1 – FinalCanton got a pair of second period goals from its defense to come from behind and beat Franklin. With the win, the Bulldogs sweep the season series with the Panthers and complete an undefeated league campaign. Franklin took the lead in the first when Molly Hurley redirected a pass from Lindsay Dennett. Canton answered back in the second, as Tori Carr and Maya Battista both found the back of the net. The Bulldogs were able to fend off pressure from the Panthers in the third to pick up the win.

Friday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 02/18/22

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Basketball
Attleboro, 57 @ Mansfield, 64 – FinalPropelled by a strong first quarter (21 points) and a pivotal third quarter (18-4), Mansfield held off a strong fourth quarter from Attleboro to finish league play with a win. Matt Hyland got the Hornets off to a strong start with half of his team-high 16 points in the opening eight minutes and five other Mansfield players got into the scoring column, including threes from Andrew Slaney (12 points) and Chris Hill (12 points) for an early 21-13 lead. Colin Morais (17 points), Jaiden Outland, Neo Franco, and Jake Struminski each hit a three in the second but Dante James had one for Mansfield and Anthony Sacchetti had six points to help the Hornets ahead at the break (39-30). Hyland had another eight points in the third and Slaney added a pair of triples while the Hornets held the Bombardiers to just four points to break the game wide open, taking a 57-34 lead into the fourth. Attleboro made a late push with Morais, Outland, and Franco hitting fourth quarter threes to get the deficit down to single digits.

Foxboro, 51 @ Canton, 47 – FinalCanton continually cut into Foxboro’s lead throughout the game, eventually pulling even with the Warriors but it was senior Dylan Gordon who converted the go-ahead layup and then sank a pair of free throws in the final seconds to ice the win. Junior Alex Penders (12 points), Ryan LeClair (seven points), and Sam Golub (six points) helped Foxboro build leads after the first (12-5) and second quarters (22-18). Lanse Dorcelus hit on three of his four threes in the second and both Matt Chafin and Nate Mei added one each to close the gap by halftime. Chafin and Ashton Cetoute hit from downtown in the third as the Bulldogs made it 36-36 going into the fourth. Gordon finished with 15 of his 17 points in the second half, his lone field goal of the fourth being the go-ahead bucket followed by two free throws. Cam Barreira, fresh off his best shooting performance of the season in a win at Stoughton, came through with a pair of clutch threes in the fourth.

Franklin, 75 @ King Philip, 50 – FinalFranklin’s offense roared to life in the opening half, putting up 21 points in the opening quarter and then 25 more in the second on its way to a big win over King Philip. Sophomore Andrew O’Neil hit five three-pointers, three in the first half, to spark the Panthers’ offense. O’Neill finished with a team-high 21 points while senior Sean Vinson scored all 19 of his points in the first half. King Philip cut into the deficit by winning the third quarter (16-9) with senior Braeden Sottile dropping half of his team-high 20 points in the quarter. But Franklin’s offense got back on track with 22 points in the fourth, with O’Neill adding two more threes and both Evan DaSilva and Caden Sullivan connecting from downtown.

Milford, 48 @ Taunton, 68 – FinalTaunton only led by two possessions going into the fourth quarter (49-43) but the Tigers took care of business in the final eight minutes, running away with a win to clinch the Kelley-Rex division title outright for the first team in program history. Senior Trent Santos hit four of his six three-pointers after halftime and finished with a game-high 26 points to lead the charge. Faisal Mass added 15 points in the win. Milford freshman Andrew Rivera hit a trio of threes and finished with a team-best 23 points.

North Attleboro, 46 @ Oliver Ames, 63 – FinalNorth Attleboro came out of the gates with 16 points in the first quarter and only trailed by two possessions at halftime but a switch to zone defense from Oliver Ames stalled the Rocketeers’ offense and the Tigers pulled away to finish their regular season with a win. OA held a 30-24 lead at halftime and then got a balanced scoring attack in the third to double its lead from six to 12, carrying a 44-32 lead into the fourth. Drew Baxter had four of his 10 points in the third, MJ Jean Baptiste and Zach Tagliamonte (10 points) each had three, and Dan Reily and Jake Grimaldi each chipped in with a bucket. CJ Williams finished with a team-high 11 points for OA, who had 10 players factor into the scoring. Brody Rosenberg hit a trio of threes to lead North with 13 points, Gavin Wells also had a three trifectas for 11 points and Casey Poirier scored 10 first half points for the Big Red.

Sharon, 65 @ Stoughton, 61 – FinalClick here for a Recap and Photo Gallery from this game.










Girls Basketball
Mansfield, 52 @ Attleboro, 58 – FinalLindsey Perry scored a game-high 16 points, including 12 in the second half, to help the Bombardiers pull out a win and sweep the season series against the Hornets. Mansfield scored 18 in the first, including eight from Anna Darlington, to take a five-point lead after one, but Attleboro stormed back with a 15-8 second to take a two-point lead into the locker room. Vanessa Ellis, Rylie Camacho, and Meghan Gordon combined for 13 in the quarter. Perry and Gordon combined for 13 points in the third, as the Bombardiers extended the lead to six after three, which they were able to hold onto over the final eight minutes. Perry scored six points in the fourth, including 4-of-6 from the free throw line. Gordon finished with 11 points and Ellis and Camacho each scored 10. Abby Wager led the Hornets with 15, including nine points in the third quarter alone, while Darlington finished with 10. Olivia Salisbury chipped in with eight points for the Hornets.

Canton, 44 @ Foxboro, 49 – FinalSeven Warriors were on the score sheet as they held off Canton to sweep the season series with the bulldogs. Kailey Sullivan was the top scorer for the home team with 14 point and Erin Foley added 11. Ava Hill went 6-for-6 from the line to help Foxboro seal the win.

King Philip, 24 @ Franklin, 49 – FinalKP led 10-8 after the first quarter but Franklin held the Warriors to only 14 points over the final 24 minutes to finish the league campaign unbeaten for the third straight season. The Panthers took the second quarter 11-2 and outscored KP 30-12 in the second half for their 42nd straight league win. Olivia Quinn led the way for the Panthers with 13 points, including nine in the second quarter, and went 6-for-6 from the line. Stefany Padula hit a pair of threes and scored eight points, Brigid Earley had seven, and Katie Peterson added six points for Franklin. Liv Lafond was KP’s leading scorer with eight points, Leah Santoro had six, and Emily Sawyer and Jordan Bennett each scored four points in the loss.

Taunton, 37 @ Milford, 54 – FinalWithout the league’s leading scorer, Kameron St. Pierre, Taunton struggled offensively early and the Hawks took advantage to pull out a win in their final league game of the season, splitting the seasons series. Milford jumped ahead 14-3 after the first and extended the lead to 14 by halftime. Maddalena Mannucci Pacini scored eight of her game-high 15 points in the first half for Milford. Taunton took the third quarter to slice into the Milford lead, but then the Hawks exploded for 24 points in the fourth, led by Brooke Ferreira’s nine, to seal the win. Ferreira finished with 12 and Jill Araujo added a dozen as well. Cali Melo led Taunton with 10 points and Jillian Doherty added nine, all 19 of their combined points coming in the second half. Lex Haywood chipped in with five.

Oliver Ames, 78 @ North Attleboro, 33 – FinalOA closed out the league campaign with a big road win. The Tigers jumped out to a big lead early in the game and seemed to have an answer for every defensive switch that North threw at them. Senior Caroline Peper exploded for a game-high 24 points and the Tigers got a big boost on the offense end with 12 points apiece from a trio of sophomores: Jasmyn Cooper, Sarah Hilliard, and Kaydance Derba. Summer Doherty scored 11 of her team-high 12 points for North and Maryellen Charette added nine.

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Oliver Ames Closes Strong to Pull Away From Foxboro

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Caroline Peper scored a team-high 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, leading OA to a big win over division rival Foxboro and a sweep of the season series. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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NORTH EASTON, Mass. – Foxboro was right in the game, down by just five points and had limited Oliver Ames to only two made baskets in the second half (none to that point in the fourth quarter). Seemingly in the blink of an eye, the Tigers broke free and the Warriors suddenly found themselves down 20.

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OA went on a 17-2 run to close out Tuesday night’s game at the Nixon Gym, turning a close, competitive game into a 61-41 victory and a sweep of the season series against Foxboro. Caroline Peper led the way for the hosts, scoring 21 points, grabbing 10 rebounds, and adding three steals and three assists.

“I thought Caroline Peper played the game of her life,” said OA coach Laney Clement-Holbrook. “Both offensively and defensively, she made great decisions with the ball, she controlled the ball, and those four minutes when we went on a run, she set the tone, which helped everyone else relax and play like they can.”

Foxboro coach Lisa Downs said, “It is intimidating playing in this gym, every single year. It’s not an excuse but I think it makes the freshmen and the sophomores play like freshmen and sophomores.”

It was a battle of the two teams who have split all but one of the Davenport titles since the league went to two divisions (OA with six, including this year, and Foxboro with five) and also two teams that have expectations of deep runs in the state tournament.

The Tigers threw the first punch, scoring the first six points of the game. Anna Murphy (six points), who would have to leave in the third quarter with an injury, got things off to a good start for the home team with a drive to the rim, assist on a basket by Jasmyn Cooper, and then a steal and layup.

Hannah Blake (five points) got Foxboro on the board by hitting the offensive glass and Erin Foley’s back-cut on an inbounds play netted her an easy bucket. Cooper (11 points and 13 rebounds) took a defensive board and went the length of the floor for two, but Ava Hill stuck with it after Peper blocked her shot, grabbing the loose ball and scoring to make it 14-10 after one.

OA took control of the game in the second. Hailey Bourne (six points) took a nice feed from Sarah Hilliard, following a long outlet by Peper, and scored plus the foul. Then, it was all Peper. The NYU commit knocked down a pair of threes and scored 12 points in the quarter. Camryn Collins (21 points and eight rebounds) tried to keep Foxboro in it with five points and Kailey Sullivan (seven points) buried a three, but the Tigers led 31-18 heading to the locker rooms.

Foxboro switched up its defense in the third quarter, trying out a zone look that helped keep the Tigers off the glass. OA struggled to find its transition game and was held to only two made field goals, a pair of threes by Kaydance Derba (11 points), and seven points in the quarter.

“I think we controlled their drives and their shots a little bit more by going to a 2-1-2 zone,” Downs explained. “The third quarter was going our way and then I think we were trying to over-dribble because they were shutting down the driving lanes. It definitely wasn’t a 20-point game by any means.”

Blake got a layup for Foxboro, but then Collins went to work. With Bourne in foul trouble, picking up her fourth just three minutes into the third, Collins took advantage. She drove to the hoop for a layup, buried a corner three, hit a floater that appeared to be above the top of the backboard before dropping through, and then hit a pull-up three from the wing. She scored 12 points in the third, helping Foxboro cut the lead down to six.

“It’s not easy,” Clement-Holbrook said about guarding Collins. “She’s quick, she gets her shot off and it has such a high arc. Even if you get your hand up on the close out, it’s got such a high arc and her release, she’s a good shooter and she’s going to be something special.”

Both teams struggled to find an offensive rhythm in the fourth, as fouls were piling up and both teams found themselves heading to the line a lot. Foxboro was in the bonus for the final 12 minutes of the game and both Bourne and Collins would eventually foul out.

Sullivan got the bounce on a baseline floater and hit a pair at the line to cut the lead to 44-39. OA had yet to make a shot in the fourth quarter and was clinging to its lead by going 6-of-8 at the line. Then, Peper grabbed an offensive rebound under the basket, saving the ball to Bourne, who in turn fed Cooper for an and-one that made it a nine-point game.

Downs said, “I think we were freelancing a little too much in the fourth quarter. We run plays well because that’s what they’re comfortable with. They were trying to do things on their own that weren’t scripted and it hurt us in this one.”

The Tigers got a spark and turned the game on its head. Peper followed that with a baseline drive, somehow squeezing a shot over the rim from right under the basket, and hit a jumper on the next possession. Derba came down and hit her third triple of the night and OA was rolling. A long outlet pass from Derba to Sarah Hilliard (six points) gave the Tigers an easy two and then the duo combined again for another layup for Hilliard to cap off the run.

“You want to see what you’re made out of and I thought we rose to the occasion,” said Clement-Holbrook.

Oliver Ames (15-1) will put its 13-game win streak on the line with a visit to North Attleboro on Friday. Foxboro (10-6) will look to bounce back quickly, when it hosts Stoughton on Wednesday.

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