(Boxford MA) Andover’s Gia Bramanti came alive in the final four minutes and led the Warriors to a, 45-41, win over Masco on Sunday afternoon.
“Gia is a special player,” said Masco coach Bob Romeo afterwards. “Great players find ways to make big shots.”
Who could argue? The 6-1 senior shouldered the scoring load for AHS after Tatum Shaw’s 3-pointer put the Warriors close, 35-34, with 3:48 left in the non-league contest.
In the next 2+ minutes, Gia put five points on either side of a Morgan Bovardi triple and the visitors pushed ahead, 44-38, with 1:39 remaining. Masco had enough possessions thereafter to catch up, but the Andover defense wouldn’t allow it.
“Gia made the big plays when she had to,” said Warriors’ coach Alan Hibino. “She wasn’t surprised by the moment. She wants the ball in those situations.”
Gia paced the Warriors with nineteen points. Morgan Bovardi led Masco with seventeen points.
The defense for both sides was tenacious. Open shots vanished after warmups. “Our kids played hard on defense,” said Coach Romeo. “There was nothing easy for either team. Andover is used to it every night in the Merrimack Valley Conference. We don’t see it as often in the Cape Ann League.”
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