It would be hard to imagine a more rewarding first Patriot League game of the season for the Silver Lake High girls’ basketball team.
In their first Patriot League matchup on Tuesday, Dec. 11, they managed to beat the Pembroke Titans, 51-49, on the road. With the win, the Lakers improved to 2-0.
Pembroke struggled to hit their shots at times, giving the Lakers a good opportunity to take the game from them. In the last two minutes of it, they did just that.
Senior guard Annabelle Boudreau hit a 3-pointer with 1:35 remaining in the contest to give the Lakers a 50-49 lead. From there, the Lakers were able to play stout defense, preventing the Titans from going ahead before Allie Crawford extended the lead. She hit a free-throw with about 30 seconds left in the game, putting her team up by a full basket.
After that, Pembroke had a couple chances to tie the game or take the lead, but none of them were successful. Their final shot–from 2-point range–bounced off the glass as time expired.
Albeit the Lakers did fall behind in the fourth quarter, they were in the lead for much of the contest. They were up by six, 13-7, at the end of the first quarter. They also went into halftime up by four points, 25-21. At their peak, they were up 41-34 at the end of the fourth quarter, but Pembroke surged for the first six minutes of the final quarter. They took a 49-47 lead on a pair of free throws with 2:40 remaining.
Sydney Kehoe scored a team-high 16 points for the Lakers while Allie Crawford (11 points) and Holly Reeder-Morning (10 points) also shot well for the team in the win.
The Lakers next game is next Thursday, Dec. 28 against the Brookline Warriors at home (12:30 p.m. start time).