SHARON, Mass. – Sharon went into its final game of the season honoring the one senior on this year’s roster, Trinity Payne, but it was a trio of sophomores who made sure that the Eagles closed out the winter on a high note.
Jasmine Davis (23 points, 20 rebounds, and three blocks), Rachael Hager (15 points on five three-pointers and five assists), and Eva Poulton (nine points) combined for 47 points, lifting Sharon to a 53-44 victory over visiting Stoughton. The win split the season series with the Black Knights and showed the talent that Sharon will bring back next year.
“We’re just so young,” said Sharon coach Sandy Lombardi. “We’ve got the majority of the kids coming back, so that’s good for us.” She added, “Being senior night for Trinity tonight, I think we were extra motivated to win. I thought both teams played hard, both teams played aggressive, and both teams had runs.”
Stoughton jumped out to an early lead, as Kate Bulger (team-high 12 points) scored the first three points of the game. Tess Letendre (four points, six rebounds, and three assists) knocked down a jumper to get the Eagles going. Davis scored with a put-back and Hager answered a drive by Jess Maddalena (five steals and two blocks) with her first three of the night.
Freshman Leah McCarty got an offensive rebound and scored and Vanessa Phelimond (six points and 12 rebounds) had a quick move in the post to tie the game at 10-10. Payne, a Simmons University softball commit, closed out the first with a put-back for her only basket of the night to give Sharon a 12-10 lead after one.
Davis started to heat up in the second, scoring six points and showing off an array of moves in the post. Stoughton kept hanging around, as Evie Lam (six points) banked in a runner over Davis and Bulger got free for an open jumper off an inbounds play. Hager buried her second three of the night to extend the lead to 23-16 heading into the locker rooms.
Sharon’s inside-outside game took over in the third quarter and broke the game open. A nice entry pass from Payne got Davis an easy bucket and then she drove baseline and finished with the right hand. Lam grabbed an offensive rebound to get two back and Bulger hit another jumper, but the Black Knights had no answer for Davis, who had 10 points in the third.
Davis scored six straight, getting a bunny off a feed from Hager, grabbing an offensive rebound, and then hitting a leaner from the left block.
“Jasmine Davis was phenomenal,” said Stoughton coach Charmaine Steele Jordan. “Her touch around the basket is something different. I haven’t seen that in a post player in the Hock in a while.”
Four quick points, on a Bulger pull-up jumper and then a steal and layup from Lam, got Stoughton back within 11, but Hager got open for a three from the wing and then another from the corner, putting the hosts up 41-26 after three.
The lead continued to grow, as Davis got loose on the inside again. It was her third game with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds this week. Poulton then swung the ball around to Hager for yet another three and the Eagles led by 20.
Lombardi explained, “[Rachael] gives us that lift and her threes, she’s moving farther and farther from the three-point line and she’s hitting them. She gives that outside presence and then we have Jasmine on the inside, so it balances out. I think the whole team played well for us but those two kids really stepped up offensively.”
Bulger matched that three on the other end but then Poulton started to get going on offense. She took a pass from Davis and drove to the rim for two and then Payne drew the defender and had a nice wrap around pass to give Poulton a layup. She scored five points in the fourth to give Sharon a little spark.
“She’s playing with more confidence,” Lombardi said of Poulton. “She’s getting to the basket a little more, getting to the foul line. That’s her game and she’s been doing really well with that the last couple of weeks.”
Stoughton never stopped attacking, even though time was running out and the deficit was 20. The Black Knights seemed to find an extra gear in a frantic final two minutes to rattle off 11 straight points. Raina Tat (eight points) came off the bench and scored seven points down the stretch. She had a nice drive to the basket, followed by one from Makaiyah Singleton Rivera, then Tat stepped into a three and turned a steal into a reverse layup.
“I just wish that the intensity of that eight minutes was our 32 minutes,” said Steele Jordan. “There have been a lot of games this year, we’ve been in it at half but the gas towards the end was short. This time, we had the gas towards the end but we’ve got to put all the pieces of the puzzle together. We fight hard, we’re always going to fight until the final buzzer sounds.”