Tewksbury Girls Win Fifth Straight
Jan 10, 2015 01:58PM
● By Rick Spencer
Senior guard Amanda Brown (3) scored a career-high 20 points against Dracut.
The red hot Tewksbury High girls’ basketball team continued its winning ways on Friday night with an important, 55-40 Merrimack Valley Conference win at Dracut.
Senior guard Amanda Brown lit up the Middies for a career-high 20 points, including six three-point field goals, to spark Tewksbury to its fifth straight victory. Junior guard Emily Velozo added 19 points, as TMHS won this one thanks to some solid outside shooting.
“Both Amanda and Emily got hot,” Tewksbury coach Mark Bradley said. “It was good. It was nice to see us shooting well from the outside. That’s what you really need to do so they have to respect that, so they don’t crowd the paint,”
Brown and Velozo’s marksmanship opened up some operating room for senior forward Shannon Smith (seven points) and junior forward Molly Robertson, who had a season-high eight points.
Tewksbury jumped out early thanks to Brown’s hot hand (she hit 6-of-9 from three-point distance on the night) and the Redmen led 27-9 at halftime. Dracut clawed its way back into the contest in the second half and closed to within five points just two minutes into the fourth period. TMHS responded, however, and went on a tear. Brown nailed two critical three-pointers in the final six minutes, while Smith, Robertson and Velozo added four points each. Tewksbury tossed in 18 points in the fourth quarter, including hitting all six of its free throws, to secure the victory.
“We didn’t play well in the third quarter,” Bradley said. “I thought we took our foot off the gas a little. But we came back to life in the fourth. We made some big shots and we were excellent from the free throw line.”
Tewksbury is now 6-3 overall, 4-1 in MVC Division 2 play. The Redmen have won five straight and are playing their best basketball of the season heading into a challenging stretch of the schedule that starts with a home game against perennial MVC power Andover High on Tuesday.“It’s nice to get a little winning streak going in the middle of the season,” Bradley said. “We usually wait until late in the season to get going.”