SHREWSBURY, Mass. – The Shrewsbury Colonials look to be on track for another stellar season, winning their second girls basketball game of the season against Westborough on Friday, 52-41.
“I thought my juniors and seniors acted like upperclassmen,” said Colonials’ head coach Erin Largess. “They were energetic. They were tough, physical and mentally there the whole game.”
Westborough held its own early in the game, although its chances weren’t helped when Carly Flahive was taken out of the game in the first quarter with a leg injury. The quarter ended with Shrewsbury up, 12-8.
The Rangers seemed to gain some momentum in the second quarter, and for the first and only time in the game, briefly pulled ahead of the Colonials, thanks to two free throws by Desriee Parent. The colonials fought back. though and clung to a 22-21 lead at the half.
After that, the game was all about the Colonials, whose 36-28 third-quarter lead widened in the game’s final minutes.
Westborough lost its opener Dec. 11, 60-46, at Holy Name and is now 0-2.
Meanwhile, Shrewsbury’s record is up to 2-0, including the Colonial’s pasting of Groton-Dunstanble, 53-37, on Dec. 11. Both games were won at home, and expectations are high for Shrewsbury to match its performances from previous seasons.
“This program has been to districts for 13 straight years. I think that, no matter what, there’s always pressure. This year feels no different than the past,” Largess said. “There’s always expectations, and we live for those.”