An Early Start for Durfee Girls

Bailey Brooks and Paulina Feitelberg, Staff Reporters, January 15, 2013


On Friday night, the Durfee Girls Basketball team drove up to Brockton in hopes of getting their first win in the conference opener. Knowing that it has been at least four years since the Toppers had gotten a win on the Boxers' court, the girls knew they had to be on point if they wanted to break the streak. 


Coming out strong in the first quarter after winning the opening tip off, it was obvious that the Durfee girls really wanted this win. Staying in a strict 2-3 defense, the Toppers shut down the Boxers early in the game. After committing frustrating fouls and missing easy shots, the Boxers took themselves out of the game before it even started. The Toppers took advantage of this by scoring more and keeping the defense tight. Going into half time with a five point lead, the Durfee girls knew this game wasn't even close to being over and the next 16 minutes was going to be crazy.


At the start of half time, the Boxers got a second wind and began playing the tough game that they were known for. Junior guard Tatiana Dias took the ball into her own hands with a driving lay-up followed by a give-and-go between Dias and senior forward Chanelle Melton to tie the game at 17. Once the Toppers saw that the Boxers came to play, they stepped up their game entirely. That's when the game got rowdy. 


A technical foul against the Boxers was called and their mini-run was quickly put to a halt. Sophomore guard Brianna Camara of the Toppers banked in each of her free throws to start a 13-4 run for Durfee. That run put the score to 30-21 with Durfee in the lead. However, the game wasn't over yet. With a  few minutes of playing time remaining, the Boxers cut their deficit to just three points with the score of 30-27. but it was too little too late. Durfee closed out the game by hitting seven of the last 10 free throws, making the score 37-30, leaving the Boxers in the dust and putting Durfee in the lead for the Big 3 Conference.