KINGSTON – Silver Lake put the defensive clamps down on most of the Hanover lineup last week in Patriot League Keenan Division girls basketball action. All except for one particular Hawk.
Unfortunately the one player they couldn’t control hurt them the most as the Hawks flew to a 35-32 win over the Lakers behind Dani Tilden’s game-high 26 points. The senior captain was deadly when given even a little bit of space from the outside as she drained seven three-pointers in leading her team to the victory.
Junior Mary Carven was the only Hanover player other than Tilden with a basket in the first half. Tilden got more help in the offensive end after the break with five points from Mary Kate Flynn and a point each from sophomore McKenzie Foley and senior Bella Pineau. All added together, it was just enough to give them the road win.
Both teams had a hard time getting rolling offensively in this one. With a couple of key players out sick, Silver Lake had some of their younger players play big minutes in the game. They had a 7-4 lead after one quarter and went into the half ahead by a point, 13-12. Hanover was their own worst enemy early on in the game, shooting 4-for-15 from the free-throw line in the first half.
Tilden tied it for the first time with a free-throw early in the third quarter and then came back with a three-pointer to give Hanover the lead, 16-13, three minutes into the third quarter. Freshman Sara Miller gave Silver Lake a spark with two points off a drive and then a three-pointer that vaulted her team back into a 23-19 lead after three quarters.
Hanover took back the lead for good, 34-32, when Tilden drained a three-pointer with three minutes to go, and then Pineau made her only point of the game count when she sank a free-throw with 11.8 seconds left to give the Hawks a little more breathing room.
Freshman guard Caroline Conroy led Silver Lake with 10 points in the loss. Miller scored eight points, Meli Gerety came up from JV to chip in five points, senior Arianna Robinson had three points, while Caroline McPherson and Abbey Cook each added a point for Silver Lake.
Silver Lake entered the week with a record of 1-4. The win was a one-point non-league victory over Case High School. The losses came against North Quincy, Whitman-Hanson, Scituate, and now Hanover.
The Lady Lakers were home Tuesday night against Hingham and then hit the road Friday for a 5:30 p.m. Patriot League contest at Plymouth North.
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