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Nashoba Girls Cruise Past Groton-Dunstable

January 5, 2019

BOLTON -- The road to a Mid-Wach B league title generally goes through both the Groton-Dunstable Regional and Nashoba Regional girls’ basketball programs.

So when the two teams clashed on Friday night, the early-season implications were huge.

Sparked by a balanced offensive attack and a stifling defense, it was the Chieftains who got a crucial victory, as the hosts cruised to a dominating 67-50 victory over the Crusaders.

With the win, Nashoba ran its record to a perfect 6-0 overall and 2-0 in Mid-Wach B league action, while Groton-Dunstable fell to 4-2 overall and 1-1 in league play.

“This was our best game, by far,” Nashoba head coach Tina Seabury said. “I think we had contributions from every single player who played tonight, whether it was on offense or defense. When you have all five players on the court contributing, it is hard to beat a team. We haven’t had that all year, and that’s what we did tonight.”

Nashoba started on fire from behind the arc in this one. Sophomore Jillian Payne scored nine of her game-high 16 points during the first eight minutes as she drained three shots from behind the arc to help the Chieftains open a 13-5 lead.

While the hosts were hot from deep, the visitors were the total opposite. In fact, G-D started 0 of 9 from 3-point land. Senior captain Hannah Wynn (7 points) drained her team’s first 3-pointer with four minutes left in the half to cut the lead to single digits, but Nashoba’s Caylie McMahon answered with a deep 3-pointer of her own to help the Chieftains push their lead to 11 at 23-12. Nashoba held a 30-15 lead at the break.

“We preach defense, even in practice,” Seabury said about her team’s defensive effort in the opening half. “We are not great offensively on set plays. We like to get the ball out in transition, and if we can play defense like that then we can get our offense going.”

When Payne connected on her fifth 3-pointer with 5:18 left in the third quarter, Nashoba’s lead ballooned to 41-18. Groton-Dunstable played tough throughout but was never able to get the deficit back to single digits the rest of the evening.

Senior captains Julia Roth (15 points) and Brie Donahue (10 points, 12 rebounds) each played well for Nashoba. Bronwyn Mulligan (15 points) and Emma Wilson (9 points, 3 of 7 from behind the arc) paced the attack for the Crusaders.

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