By Max Clifford
Hometown Weekly Correspondent
The balanced offensive attack that the Walpole High School girls basketball team has used to dismantle opponents all season came to life in the third quarter on Friday night. The visiting Timberwolves defeated Milton 44-22, improving to 2-0 against the Wildcats and 12-2 on the season.
Milton spectators were treated to a glimpse of hope early in the first quarter when a Grace Henry three-pointer gave the Wildcats a modest 5-2 lead. That would be the last time they held the lead, however, as Walpole went on a quick 9-0 run to end the first.
The Timberwolves’ own sharpshooting Grace, Grace Ryan, hit a three of her own just before the buzzer sounded.
In the second, defense was on display on both ends of the court. Each team held the other to single-digit scoring in the frame, sending Walpole into the visitors locker room with a 19-10 advantage.
It was after the break that the Timberwolves showed off the high-powered offense that has overwhelmed opponents all season long.
Inside of six minutes to play in the third quarter, Chloe Bindon knocked down a three-pointer to extend the Walpole lead to 24-10. Two minutes later, Izzy Adams drilled a triple of her own to put the Timberwolves up 32-12. Bindon would finish the quarter with five points and the game with 11, while Adams scored six of her 13 in the third.
The explosive third quarter allowed Adams to show off her passing prowess. Driving toward the basket, the game’s leading scorer used her court vision to drop a no-look assist to Bella Bingham. Bingham was the only player on either team to score in all four quarters, finishing the game with 11 points.
When the clock expired on the third quarter, Walpole was doubling up Milton, 36-18. They would do more of the same in the fourth quarter, closing out the game with some underclassmen contributions, winning by a final score of 44-22.
At the time of print, Walpole will look to improve to 13-2 when they welcome Weymouth to their home gym on Tuesday, February 7.