Girls' basketball team falls in division championship

By Andrea Ray | Feb 28, 2018
Photo by: Andrea Ray Old Rochester center, sophomore Mary Butler, awaits a pass.

Mattapoisett — The Old Rochester girls' basketball team might've fallen in their quest to become state champions, but head coach Bob Hohne said their accomplishments stand regardless.

"It's a team with six freshmen," he said of the team that was recently named champion of the South Coast Conference. "To do what they've done is a great accomplishment."

The team played against Pembroke in the first game of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) state tournament, losing 32-38. Pembroke, Hohne said, was a team that he didn't know much about, which made planning ahead and strategizing difficult.

The team trailed as the first half of the game came to a close, 12-19. During the fourth period, the Lady Bulldogs were able to push the score to a 29-29 tie, with three minutes left in the game.

They couldn't hold onto the tie though, eventually falling to Pembroke.

"It was a bit of a defensive struggle," Hohne said. "The other team is more offensively mature than we are. Our team is a young one, they just don't quite have the offensive experience quite yet."

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