MASHPEE – After a slow start, Norwell got into rhythm on the road thanks to a second half surge in the paint.
The Clippers got bucket after bucket attacking the interior of Mashpee’s defense before putting it away with a strong defensive effort in the fourth in a convincing 63-47 South Shore League victory.
“The girls just did a great job of just trying to get some points in the paint,” said Norwell coach Matthew Marani about the offensive approach to start the second half. “We have some size and some physicality and we just wanted to use it.”
It was sophomore forward Madison Oliver who got most of the damage done with 16 of her game-high 26 points in the third for Norwell (8-1). The Clippers faced a 27-23 deficit at the half and flipped that to a 45-40 advantage after three.
“Maddie (Oliver) is as talented a player as there is,” Marani said. “She can do it all. She can play outside as well as bring it inside. We are happy to have her.”
Oliver also grabbed 11 rebounds for the double-double.
In the fourth, the Clippers’ defense held Mashpee (5-2) at bay as they hit just 2-of-13 from the field with three of their 10 turnovers.
“I kind of expect that (defensive effort) from our group,” said Marani. “We are going through some injuries right now with four kids hurt and not playing right now, but I just love the grind that we have right now. A lot of kids who got minutes early that really helped us. I am really proud of our crew to kind of buckle down against such a good offensive team.”
For Mashpee, seniors Hialeah Tuner Foster (22 points) and Amiyah Peters (14 points) battled, but were unable to get the Falcons within striking distance after a slow start to the fourth.
In the first half, Norwell had an early 11-3 lead before Mashpee cut the deficit to 11-10. A 6-0 run to end the frame gave the Clippers a 17-10 margin after one.
The Falcons then clamped down defensively and allowed Norwell to shoot 1-of-13 from the field in the second as they outscored the Clippers 17-6 in the second to lead 27-23 at the break.