MILLBURY, Mass. —The Northbridge High girls basketball team used a stifling defense and clutch fourth quarter shooting to nip Millbury High on Tuesday night in Northbridge, 37-27.
The Rams (12-6 overall, 12-4 in league) set the tone early, holding Millbury (12-4 overall, 11-4 league) to just three first quarter points and its second lowest total output this season. Mikaela Bernard lead Northbridge, scoring 10 points, including six in the pivotal fourth quarter. Taylor Keaton added nine for the Rams.
Millbury was led by its Big Two: Payton Bruegger, who led all scorers with 11 points, and Molly McCausland, who scored nine. But the Woolies balanced scoring was not in evidence as the rest of the roster combined for only seven more points.
The Woolies fell short at the free throw line, hitting only nine-of-21. But their defense also suffered in the fourth quarter, giving up 15 points as the Rams broke open a three-point game to put it away.
The Woolies will be back in action Wednesday at home against Uxbridge at 7 p.m. The Rams play Thursday on the road against Nipmuc at 7 p.m.