HINSDALE, N.H. -- When two undefeated teams go head-to-head for the first time in a season, you can expect fireworks, and anybody who had a ticket to Friday afternoon’s girls basketball game at The Stable in Hinsdale saw such a display from the home team.
Bridget Bourne had a double-double (18 points, 11 rebounds), Skylar Bonnette tallied 14 points with eight assists and six steals, Allison Scott had 13 points plus eight rebounds, and the Pacers remain undefeated at 8-0 after a 58-28 rout of the Rams.
Hinsdale pulled away from a 19-14 halftime lead over Nute during a 23-point third period surge that held the visitors to just five points in the Pacers’ best quarter. Scott put the first six points up with a couple long jumpers, Bourne drained nine, and Brianna Benjamen, Kyra Rideout, and Bonnette all chipped in with a few buckets during the drive. Benjamen finished with seven points and three steals.
At first, it didn’t look like the show was going according to plan for the Pacers. They were getting the ball away from the Rams fine, with over a dozen steals in the first half, but they struggled on the opposite end with some easy shots. Hinsdale super fans like Mikey Batts are used to seeing better, and when the girls weren’t cashing in on the opportunities, he gave the team an earful.
The first quarter was better offensively for the hosts. A three-pointer from Benjamen and layups from Bourne gave the team a 12-4 advantage until Nute got back in the game in the second period as Alisha Flannigan and Shannon St. Lawrence combined for 10 points to Hinsdale’s seven. Flanagan and freshman St. Lawrence led Nute with 12 points apiece.
Bonnette kept things moving around up top, dishing it to Benjamen on her way in, or to the outer perimeter where Scott would be waiting. Rideout stuffed more than one Rams shooter during her defensive effort, which was especially strong in the first half where she made three crucial blocks to help the Pacers sustain their edge. Skyler Leclair also created some initial disruptions down the line that hindered Nute’s advance.
If the Pacers’ third quarter were to be considered the show’s grand finale (and it certainly blew away the visitors), their fourth quarter performance would have to be the encore. With a commanding 42-19 lead, Hinsdale put another 16 points on the board as Nute’s defense dissolved. Bonnette scored half of those points, Kathryn Fecto hit her shot, then Bourne and Scott used what little fuel they had left to score eight points between them.
The Hinsdale girls will play at Pittsfield tonight at 7.
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