Murray, South run past Nashua North girls

NASHUA – Round One of Battle of the Bridge Friday night went to the hosts, with the Panthers of Nashua South defeating Nashua North 70-57 in girls’ basketball action.

The first half was a frenetic back-and-forth affair, with both squads feeding off the energy of the rivalry as neither could pull away.

North held a slim lead for most of the first quarter, with South battling back to hold the lead for most of the second, with neither side leading by more than five points before the half.

South entered the second half with a 28-26 lead but began to pull away in the third, getting baskets from over half of its roster. Despite a buzzer-beating three from North sophomore Lillian Brooks, the Panthers went into the final frame with a 53-40 advantage.

“We told them don’t let up anything,” said Nashua South coach Doug Booth “The third quarter is pivotal. They knew it and took care of business.”

North could not winnow its deficit back down to single digits as the hosts slowly sealed the victory.

“We knew it was a big game, not only because of the Battle of the Bridge, but because of the postseason,” said Booth. “They all stepped up offensively and

defensively.”

Aryanna Murray led the Panthers with 20 points, also adding six rebounds and four assists. Jasmine Sylvester and Kirsten McIntire finished in double-digits for South with 12 and 14 points,

respectively. North’s Arianna Motivala led all scorers with 22 points.

The win brings South to 4-9, with must-win games at home next week against one-win Trinity and four-win Concord

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