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Girls Basketball Finishes Runner-Up in NEPSAC

Daniel Clarke
It was almost the perfect season.

St. Luke’s girls varsity basketball entered the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Championship game with a perfect 26-0 record. 

Winning both the Fairchester Athletic Association (FAA) regular season and tournament championship, the team advanced to the NEPSAC tournament by beating Groton School 73-58 in the quarterfinal and then Beaver Country Day School 55-39 in the semifinal.

The Storm traveled to No. 1 seed Brooks School on Sunday, March 6, to face another team with a perfect record, 24-0, for the season. The two teams produced one of the best high school basketball games of the year.

St. Luke’s came out of the blocks quickly. After playing the first quarter at a blistering pace, they led 22-15. 

The Storm continued its high-energy approach in the second quarter, with Mackenzie Nelson ‘23 and Caroline Lau ‘22 leading the charge. SLS extended its lead by 15 with 2:30 to play in the second quarter before Brooks had a small scoring run of its own, cutting St. Luke’s lead to 9 points, with a score of 42-33 at halftime. 

Both teams struggled offensively at the start of the third quarter before exploding into life again. St. Luke’s finished the quarter with a 10-point lead, with the score 58-48.

St. Luke’s gameplan to limit Brooks’ scoring had worked perfectly for three quarters. However, the reigning NEPSAC Class B champions went on one of its devastating runs at the start of the fourth quarter, outshooting the Storm 20-6 to take a 64-68 lead with 2:33 to play. 

Many teams have crumbled after a Brooks’ run, but not St. Luke’s. They regrouped, and a few clutch free-throws from Nelson and Lau sent the game into overtime, with the score tied at 70-70. .

In the four-minute overtime period, both teams had opportunities to win. However, it was Brooks who edged a thrilling final 75-76.

Nelson finished with a game-high 45 points, and Lau contributed 21 for the Storm.

It was almost the perfect season, and the St. Luke’s girls basketball team should be extremely proud of everything it accomplished during the winter of 2021-22. This incredible team has brought so much joy to our community over the winter months and has been fun to watch all season.

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