The Pilgrim girls basketball team traveled to Lincoln School last week and would overcome an early nine-point deficit to roll to a 57-36 win in the season finale matchup.
Despite falling behind 11-2 in the opening minutes, the Lady Pats would make adjustments late in the first half and into the second to overwhelm Lincoln School down the stretch.
“I didn’t call a timeout (after falling behind 11-2) because I wanted us to work through things. With playoffs starting I wanted to try to get the girls in that playoff mindset,” said Pilgrim coach Scott Bayha. “When we scouted them, they played zone (defense), so when they came out in man tonight I think that caught us off guard, and (Lincoln School’s Kasey Osborne) shot lights out in the first half.”
Nadine Ogni continued to add to her impressive season by scoring 16 points, including four 3-pointers. Giana Ramos added 11 points in the win for Pilgrim, while Alyssa Medeiros scored seven.
Osborne led Lincoln School with a game-high 26 points.
Pilgrim carries quite a bit of momentum into the playoffs, having won its final four games of the regular season. The Pats are set to host Davies on Saturday, a team that they recently beat 39-31.
“I think we could be a dangerous team in the playoffs. We obviously have to hit our shots, last time we played Davies they got to the line 36 times so we’ll have to change that too. Fortunately, all of our losses have been productive losses where we have learned something. If we make our shots, then we will be a tough team to beat,” said Bayha. “We have the height, so if we shoot well and use our bench correctly then we will be a tough out.”
Ogni has had a stellar season as Pilgrim’s leader, starting 16 games and averaging 11.3 points per contest.
Bayha will be relying on her in the first round, and hopes to see her continue to attack on offense.
“Nadine has evolved, and nights like tonight, we were able to play 15 kids. That’s great because it will keep her legs fresh. There are times where she almost plays too unselfish, which I love to see, but with the playoffs coming we will need her to get the basket no matter what,” said Bayha. “I think she will do some things for us.”