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Girls Basketball: Lea Seablom rises to the occasion in Apponequet win

The Standard-Times, New Bedford, Mass. — Laurie Los The Standard-Times, New Bedford, Mass.

Feb. 14--LAKEVILLE -- With the game on the line, Lea Seablom took over.

The Apponequet junior scored nine of her game-high 15 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Lakers past Bishop Stang 43-34 in non-league girls basketball action Tuesday night.

Apponequet trailed 32-29 in the opening minute of the fourth quarter when Seablom took the ball hard to the basket, made the shot and was fouled. She missed the free throw, but pulled the Lakers within a point.

Two minutes later, she scored a layup off a nifty pass from freshman Kylie Ducharme to give Apponequet a 33-32 lead.

After a layup by junior Sophia Gaucher, Seablom knocked down a clutch 3-pointer just a few steps left of the key for a six-point advantage (38-32) with 2:55 to play. Seablom had three of her seven rebounds in the final eight minutes.

"Lea rebounded the ball tonight," said Apponequet head coach Trevor Gagnier. "She went to the hoop. She made shots. She defended too. She played the way she's capable of playing. I'm real proud of her."

With an off night by Gaucher, who finished with just five points, Gagnier said it was nice to see Seablom step up.

"It adds another piece to the team on the offensive and defensive end," he said. "She was real good tonight."

The Spartans, who were plagued by 18 turnovers, managed just four points in the fourth quarter despite leading at halftime (20-18) and after the third (30-29).

"They executed and made shots in the fourth quarter and we didn't. We turned the ball over," said Bishop Stang coach Eric Le Vie. "You can't win close games like that if you don't take care of the ball and make shots. That's a credit to them. They're a good team. When the game got the tightest, they executed and they deserved to win."

It took a big comeback early from Apponequet to get back into the game after Bishop Stang jumped out to a 10-0 lead, sparked by eight quick points by junior Rylie Carreau.

The Lakers calmly crept back in with back-to-back 3-pointers from junior Tori Shields and Ducharme and a deep jumper from freshman Marlie Chapin to pull within 10-8 with 4 minutes left in the first quarter.

"We knew they'd come back," Le Vie said. "It was a game of runs. We made one, they made one."

Stang had trouble against Apponequet's full-court press throughout the game.

"I thought Stang really dictated the pace early. They did some really good things," Gagnier said. "I thought we dug deep here. I thought our pressure was pretty good. We picked up tempo. We didn't score a ton of points off the pressure, but I thought it was a big piece of what we wanted to do."

Gagnier was pleased to see his team respond to the early adversity.

"It was a big win for us. We kind of needed it," he said. "We're coming off a sloppy game Friday night against Bourne. We kind of snuck that win out.

"I thought today we played with a ton of emotion and fought hard. When you get into the tournament, you've got to beat good teams and I thought we beat a good team tonight."

WHAT IT MEANS: The win was the third straight for the Lakers, who have won 14 of their last 16. They will be watching Wednesday night to see if GNB Voc-Tech can knock off Old Rochester, which is currently tied with Apponequet atop the SCC Blue standings. If the Bulldogs win, they would finish in a tie with the Lakers and a coin toss would determine which team will play at Bourne Friday night in the conference title game. "I think we're deserving to play in the championship with only one loss," Gagnier said. "We did a lot of good things in the league. Hopefully we catch a break and we get to go down to bourne Friday and play for the league title."

LE VIE: "They're a well coached team and a disciplined team. They hit shots down the stretch when they needed to and made big shots and we didn't. We had some opportunities in the end and we turned the ball over way too much in the second half. That was the difference in the game."

STATS: The Spartans shot 13 of 37 (35 percent) from the field while the Lakers were 17 of 44 (38 percent). ... Apponequet was 3 of 6 from the free-throw line while Bishop Stang was 3 of 7.

NOTES: It was Senior Night for Apponequet, who honored Abigail Lauzon and Maggie Congdon. ... Gaucher had eight rebounds to lead the Lakers. ... Carreau and Nora Markey each had five rebounds for Stang. ... Gagnier praised the play of freshman Abigail Lens, "I thought Abby Lens came off the bench and played real well."

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Bishop Stang (11-7, 1-4 EAC)

Mollie Duclos 3, Nora Markey 5, Caroline King 5, Abby Fernandes 9, Rylie Carreau 10, Michelle King 2.

Apponequet (15-4, 12-1 SCC)

Marlie Chapin 2, Sophia Gaucher 5, Abigail Lauzon 2, Tori Shields 6, Kylie Ducharme 10, Lea Seablom 15, Abigail Lens 3..

Bishop Stang;12;8;10;4 -- 34

Apponequet;14;4;11;14 -- 43

3-pointers: BS-Duclos 1, Markey 1, King 1, Fernandes 1, Carreau 1; A-Shields 2, Ducharme 2, Lens 1.

Next: The Spartans visit Martha's Vineyard on Thursday. The Lakers await their opponent in Friday's SCC crossover game.

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