Chelmsford Girls Grab Romano Final
TEWKSBURY -- With her team trailing by a point in the final minute of a back-and-forth game, junior Hannah Polce scored five points in 48 seconds to lift Chelmsford High to a 46-44 victory over Tewksbury in the championship final of the second annual Tony Romano Memorial Christmas Tournament.
Polce nailed a jumper with 38 seconds left and then drained three foul shots, giving the Lions a four-point lead with nine seconds to go before Tewksbury’s Erin Gallella scored before the buzzer to make it a two-point game.
Polce finished with a team-high 14 points, while sophomore Meghan Goode added 11 and sophomore Kate Krueger scored all 10 of her points in the second half.
“It was a great game,” said Chelmsford coach Kevin Branco. “That’s what we expected. We played a really good first quarter and couldn’t have played much worse in the second quarter, and they played well. We kind of got on our team at halftime about who wanted it more, and they did with a real good third quarter.”
The Lions (3-3) trailed by a point at the break and erupted for a 14-0 run to start the third behind four different players figuring in the scoring. The lead stayed on double figures at 47-37 with 5:58 remaining before Tewksbury went on an 11-2 run to go up by one with 2:04 left.
All but two of Tewksbury’s points came from the Gallella sisters and Allie Wild. Erin Gallella led with 17, Lizzie had 16 and Wild finished with 9 points.
“I give my team a lot of credit,” said Redmen head coach Mark Bradley. “They fought hard. After their big run, the girls could have gone either way and they continued to battle. .
″ It’s a frustrating loss, but we have lost two game this season by a total of four points. It’s going to happen, but I think we are better than what we showed tonight.”
In the nightcap, Acton-Boxboro defeated Tewksbury, 46-33, to win the boys championship title. Austin Zjou led with 14 points and Shea Doherty added 10. Sophomore Ryne Rametta led the Redmen with 9 points, all coming from behind the arc.