Senior forward Christina Bonfiglio (15) was a force all season and all tournament long for the Wolverines, constantly driving the ball into the paint for points via layups and earning trips to the free throw line. Photos by Michael Mao
By Michael Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor
It was about as tough of a loss as any for the Westwood High School girls varsity basketball team on Saturday afternoon against top-seeded Foxboro at Massasoit Community College in Brockton. Despite leading by three at the half (24-21) and one at the end of three (32-31), the Wolverines came up just short in quarter number four, falling to the Warriors by a final count of 47-38 to conclude their season.
The lady-Wolverines got to the South Finals via a 36-32 victory over Walpole on Monday night, during which senior point guard Allison Morin put on a shooting clinic early to keep Westwood in it before later catching fire from beyond the arc to put away the Rebels. The Wolverines again got out to a hot start thanks to the incredible ball handling of Morin, as well as the phenomenal shooting of senior forward Carly Sugrue, whose eight first quarter points guided Westwood to a 17-14 lead at the end of one.Westwood continued to find success from beyond the arc in quarter two, as a late three by Morin and two power drives to the paint converted into layups by senior guard Christina Bonfiglio (14 points) gave the Wolverines a 24-19 lead with less than five seconds remaining in the half. However, a late foul on Foxboro’s final possession of the half allowed the Warriors to sink two free throws with zeros on the clock to cut the lead to three at 24-21 at halftime.
The Warriors and Wolverines continued to battle in quarter three. Following a 7-2 run by Westwood, the Warriors were able to cut the deficit to one behind two late-three pointers by Riley Collins to make it a 32-31 game at the end of three.Foxboro went on a 7-2 run to begin the third quarter of play, taking their first lead of the match at 36-34 with less than three minutes left to play. The Wolverines stayed composed and did their best to regain the lead, cutting the deficit back to two at 38-36 after Foxboro went ahead by four with 1:30 to play. However, Westwood was unable to put a stop to the lethal three-point shooting of the Hockomock League champion Warriors, as Foxboro stretched their lead to 41-36 with just over a minute to play following a three-pointer by Grace Tamulionis.
After Christina Bonfiglio fouled out with 30 seconds left, Foxboro extended their lead to 46-38 thanks to a pair of free throws. The Warriors would extend their lead to 47-38, and go on to win by the same score.
The Westwood Wolverines accomplished a lot in 2016-2017, and while the goal of winning a South Sectional title was not ultimately met, this team achieved immensely both on and off the court.
Congrats to the Wolverines on a successful season, and best of luck to the senior class as they make their way into post-high-school life later this spring.