Nighthawks Second Quarter Propels Them to Senior Day Win

Photo Credit: Dylan Foran
Photo Credit: Dylan Foran

BROOKLINE, Mass. - The Nighthawks put together a strong second quarter, outscoring the Lynx 20-2 in the frame, providing plenty of breathing room in the Newbury Nighthawks 81-56 victory over the Lesley Lynx on Saturday afternoon in New England Collegiate Conference play on Senior Day.

Before the contest, Nighthawks seniors Kristen Connors (Wilmington, Mass.), Taylor Kelley (North Attleboro, Mass.), Allison Kelly (Dorchester, Mass.), Tylar Barbato (Hillsdale, N.Y.), and Savannah Olsen (Battle Creek, Mich.) were all honored for their time in the women's basketball program.

Olsen finished the game with 15 points and 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the year. Taylor Kelley had 10 points in 24 minutes. Allison Kelly scored four points. Barbato finished with three points, while Connors stuffed the box score with two points, five assists, four rebounds, and three steals. Sophomore Jaymesha Sanders (West Haven, Conn.) finished with a team-high 20 points.

Lynx junior Dakota Jones (Torrance, Calif.) showed why she remains the conference's top scorer and rebounder, finishing the afternoon with game-highs of 22 points and 18 rebounds. Jones completed the double-double after just 13 minutes. Graduate student Theresa Pereira (Hopedale, Mass.) added 13 points.

The Lynx led by one after the opening quarter before the 20-2 Nighthawks run began. In the second, the Lynx only field goal came with 7:26 remaining, to trail by one. From that point, the Nighthawks finished the quarter on a 16-0 run, shooting 6-for-11 during the scoring run to lead at the half, 37-20.

The Nighthawks came out strong in the third, scoring 25 points in the quarter thanks to the help of shooting 10-of-14 from the foul line. Newbury led 62-34 after three.

In the fourth, the Nighthawks had their best shooting quarter at 52.9 percent, shooting 9-for-17 from the floor in the quarter, en route to an 81-56 win on Senior Day.

The win moves Newbury to 7-11 (5-6 NECC) while the loss drops Lesley to 1-17 (1-11 NECC).

Up next for the Nighthawks is one of the top teams of the NECC, Mitchell College, who comes to Pappas Gymnasium on Tuesday night for a 7:00 p.m. tip.