LYNN — The Tech girls basketball team rallied from as many as 12 points down in the second half, but the Tigers came up short in a 54-46 loss to Greater Lawrence at the Lynn Tech Field House Friday night. The Tigers cut the deficit to as low as four points in the third and fourth quarters.
“I was definitely happy to see us fight back the way we did, but the hole we dug ourselves was just a little too big tonight,” said Tech coach Kaitlyn Wechsler. “We were turning the ball over too much on offense and not boxing out on defense early on and that really hurt us in the long run.”
The Tigers were led by Arianna Anaya, who had 19 points and five rebounds. Alondra Sanchez had a big game off the bench with a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Michayla Lawrence had six points and 12 rebounds.
“Alondra really excels against man-to-man defense, so when we go up against teams who play it like Greater Lawrence we look to run our offense through her and she did a great job out there,” said Wechsler. “Then that in turn opened up some driving lanes for Arianna and took some focus off Michayla so they could have an impact as well. The three of them work very well out there together.”
It was a slow start to the game for the Tigers, who didn’t record a basket until there were under three minutes to go in the first quarter. A quick run by the Tigers got them within striking distance, but Greater Lawrence buried back-to-back 3-pointers in the final 30 seconds to take a 17-5 lead into the second quarter.
The lead didn’t really budge from there in the second quarter, as both teams played to a 9-9 tie in the frame. The Tigers settled in more on the defensive end, not allowing the Reggies to pull away any further. At the half, Tech trailed 26-14.
Then came the run for the Tigers. In the third quarter, Anaya led the charge on the offensive end, while Sanchez provided a huge spark off the bench on both sides of the ball. By the time the dust settled at the end of the third quarter, it was just a four-point game at 36-32 Greater Lawrence.
“At halftime we just talked about how we needed to protect the ball more and that we needed to box out on defense,” said Wechsler. “And in the third quarter, that’s exactly what we were able to do. We boxed out, we held them to one shot opportunity each possession and we were aggressive on offense.”
But unfortunately for Tech, the magic seemed to run out there. While the Tigers did stay with the Reggies for the first few minutes of the fourth quarter, Greater Lawrence eventually started to hit some shots and pulled away again. After some late free throws, the Reggies walked away with the win.
Now at 4-7 on the year, the Tigers will look to get back on track Tuesday against Shawsheen Tech.
“We know that we’re a defensive team and everything starts with our defense, so we’re going to continue to focus on that,” said Wechsler.