NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. — It was Amanda Murphy's game on Friday. The Algonquin junior scored a game-high 21 points for the second time in a row during the Westborough Invitational Tournament. Unfortunately, it wasn't her team's game to win.
The Tomahawks fell to Holy Name, 50-34, in the tournament's final round. The team fell behind early and stayed behind for the whole game.
Holy Name came out swinging, scoring 21 points in the first quarter and closing the half with a 29-18 lead. They extended that lead further in the third quarter, holding Algonquin to six points while they picked up 12. The Tomahawks didn't outscore them until the fourth quarter, and even then they picked up only 10 points to Holy Name's nine.
"They did a good job defensively," Algonquin Coach Ron Jones said of Holy Name. Throughout the game, Algonquin had trouble sinking its shots in the face of strong opposition. "We've got to do a good job of executing the half-court offense."
Three Holy Name players—junior Aryauna Perez, senior Malissa Saad and sophomore Gabrielle Guenther—led the team with 12 points each. Jones said he was well aware that Murphy was scoring the vast majority of Algonquin's points.
"I love Amanda and what she did, but we need to find a way to do some more balanced scoring," he said.
With the regular season over, the Tomahawks head into the postseason ranked second with a 17-3 record. They will face seventh-seed Worcester North (11-9) at home March 1.
'We've got a week to get ready," Jones said. "I think we'd better be ready or else we're going to be in trouble."