Lynn Classical’s Ava Thurman, right, had 12 points, five rebounds and six steals in a win over Lynn English Thursday evening. (Item Photo: Jakob Menendez)

Lynn Classical girls basketball leans on defense in win over Lynn English

LYNN — The Lynn Classical girls basketball team brought the defensive intensity all game long Thursday, and despite a late run by rival Lynn English, the Rams were able to hang on for a 43-34 victory in a Greater Boston League bout at Paul F. Cavanagh Field House.

"We came out with a press defense to start, and I think that really shook things up a bit," said Classical coach Tom Sawyer. "But shortly after that, we decided to go back to our bread and butter, which is man-to-man defense. We were able to rely on that the rest of the way and hang on to get the win."

Lauren Wilson led the scoring attack for the Rams with 14 points and four rebounds, while Ava Thurman was close behind with 12 points, five rebounds and six steals. Lauren Hennessey added 11 points and two rebounds,…

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