Girls basketball team defeated against Westford Academy, but spirits remain high


Chris Wraight

The crowd erupts in cheers after senior Lucy Leblond makes the three point shot that sent the game into overtime.

The Tomahawk girls varsity basketball team headed into Tuesday night’s Central Mass Division 1 semifinals match up against Westford Academy with an idea of what it would be like.
Algonquin had beat Westford a couple weeks before in a tight game with two outstanding teams. But on Tuesday night the first half was mostly dominated by Westford, leaving the T-hawks with an 11 point deficit to make up in the second half.
However, 11 was a known number for last night’s game as it was also the amount of points that senior Amanda Murphy needed to reach her 1,000 career point.
Algonquin came out strong in the second half and it was a three in the left hand corner that gave Murphy this achievement.
Then the T-hawks cut the lead to 7, with Westford 44 Gonk 37 at the end of the third. But it was the fourth quarter that Algonquin showed their stripes cutting the lead down to three with only seconds left on the clock when senior Lucy LeBlond nailed a three to head into overtime.
The Tomahawks fought hard but ended in a heartbreaking loss of 59 to 68. The game will be remembered for not only Murphy’s career achievement, but for the efforts of the whole team with an unfortunate end to a great season.