Braves fall in close game to NLS in 3AA opener

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NLS’ Shea Oman drives to the basket while being guarded by Courtney McNeill as Kaitlyn Berreau (left), Abbie Mitteness, and Claire Ricard look on.

The Benson girls basketball team gave NLS a scare in the quarterfinal round of the Section 3AA Girls Basketball Tourney, Saturday, but a 13-0 run by the Wildcats midway through the second half turned a 32-29 deficit into a 45-29 lead for NLS, who went on to beat the Braves, 61-49.

Claire Ricard had 21 points and 10 rebounds for Benson, and Kaitlyn Berreau added 17 points.

“The girls came ready to play and we did a great job on defense and rebounding,” coach Jonas Grossman said.  “They had a couple of runs that hurt us, especially in the second half after we had cut their lead to three points.  Overall, I’m very happy with our effort.”

Earlier in the week, the Braves lost in double-overtime to Melrose, 55-47.  Benson ended the season with a 5-22 overall record, but the Braves were 2-2 to end the season and also gave NLS everything it could handle.

NLS was the second seed in Section 3AA, while Eden Valley-Watkins earned the top seed.  NLS, which improved to 20-6 overall, moved on to face second-seeded Litchfield, a 78-65 winner over sixth-seeded ACGC.

Benson will lose three players to graduation from this year’s team, Courtney McNeill, Grace Lee, and Jenna Smith....

 

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Pictured: NLS’ Shea Oman drives to the basket while being guarded by Courtney McNeill as Kaitlyn Berreau (left), Abbie Mitteness, and Claire Ricard look on.
 

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