by Steev Riccardo
WEBSTER – The Bartlett Indians overcame a five-point halftime deficit and went on to defeat the David Prouty Panthers 35-27 in Southern Worcester League girls basketball action last Friday (February 1) night at the Bartlett gym.
Spurred by freshman guard Caroline James, who had six of her nine points during a third-quarter surge, the Indians were able to pick up their third victory of the season.
"We were a little rattled in the first half,” said Indians coach Chris Delvecchio. “We came out with a lot of energy but not quite enough composure, and we didn't shoot well early. But I thought our focus improved in the third quarter and the girls did a very good job of applying the adjustments we talked about at halftime."
The win ended an eight- game slide for the young 3-12 Indians, who are building for the future.
"Obviously it's been a while since we won, so it is a weight off our shoulders in that sense. But all throughout the season, regardless of the outcome of any particular game, we've been striving to get better, and the girls have never wavered from that. I think our second half performance tonight reflects the hard work they've put in over the course of the season."
Freshman Olivia Mandeville added seven points, while sophomore Karolina Dzieminski had a strong game on the board with eight rebounds. Senior Ashtin Morio scored all six of her points in the second half and Kayla Sizer had for four steals in a strong defensive effort.