The Bromfield girls varsity basketball team finished its season last Thursday with a 43-39 win against West Boylston. This was a tough season for the team, but the girls were excited to end on a high note.
“The biggest highlight was the last game of the season because [West Boylston] had just beat us by 20 points the game before,” said varsity coach Bob Miller. The girls lost their game last Tuesday by a score of 55-35 but pulled through with a win in their final game.
“Our defense was always good, but it was astounding [on Thursday],” Miller said, noting that the team’s offensive players stood out in this game as well. Junior team captains Chloe Scornavacca and Tallie Dutkewych led the team with 19 points and 12 points, respectively, and the game “came down to a wire,” Miller said. In the final minutes in the game, sophomore Julia Kimball scored a 3-pointer and Scornavacca scored in the last few seconds, securing the team’s win against West Boylston.
“We won by four, and it was a pretty close game all the way through the end,” Scornavacca wrote to the Press. “This is the best game we have played this season and since our playoff game versus Ayer Shirley last year.”
The team’s final record was 3-7, reflective of the tough competition the girls faced throughout the season. “We had the toughest schedule of everyone in the pod, and ended up playing the toughest teams throughout the season,” Miller said, “but the season went very well.”
In addition to the team’s last game, Miller highlighted a few other key moments of the season. In an early game against Murdock, sophomore Jaden Doher scored her first points at the varsity level. “She scored 12 points that game and didn’t miss a single shot,” Miller said. In a game against Monty Tech, sophomore Madison Hood also stood out for her strong offense, scoring 11 points for the team.
Both Miller and Scornavacca said they saw their team improve throughout the season. Scornavacca noted that “sharing the ball and getting more involved, [and] being more focused going into the game,” were a few of the things the team did particularly well. Miller expressed a similar sentiment, adding that the girls became more “poised” with their control over protecting the ball as the season progressed.
Looking forward to next year, Scornavacca said the team needs to work on keeping up their strength through the entire game when playing well, and remaining relaxed when the game is close. “As the season continued, we got better, but I think that it would be very beneficial to continue improving in that space,” she wrote.
Miller said limited practice time and a team with many players new to the varsity level posed challenges, but the experience the younger players gained will be valuable come next season.
Ultimately, the team was grateful to have a season at all, without anyone on the Bromfield team testing positive for COVID-19. Miller expressed his gratitude to the Bromfield administration, Mid-Wach League, and MIAA administration for organizing the basketball season during the pandemic. “Everyone had to put in a superhuman effort,” he said. “There were challenges for everyone involved, and everyone came through with such grace.”