Norwood turns in defensive masterpiece, defeats Westwood in girls basketball – Boston Herald

NORWOOD – With only a few games left in the regular season, Norwood was looking to make a strong statement against a quality opponent.

The Mustangs did just that.

Down the stretch, No. 16 Norwood played nearly impeccable defense as the Mustangs defeated Westwood, 39-21, in Tri-Valley League Large play.

“(Westwood) is a great team,” said Norwood coach Amy Lepley. “(Coach Katherine Clifford) is one heck of a coach and I knew she was going to have a really good plan. We struggled and played into their hands a little bit. I respect their team and their program. I knew this was going to be a dogfight.”

Norwood (15-1, 13-1) allowed just two points over the final 13:12 after Westwood (10-6, 8-6) got as close as 20-19 with 5:12 remaining in the third.

“I told them we can have a really bad offensive night and our defense is going to keep them in it,” Lepley said. “That’s what we preach all the time is defense, defense, defense. I’m really proud of the way they stepped up defensively.”

From that point, the Mustangs went on a 19-2 run, including 10 of the 18 points for sophomore Megan Olbrys with eight of those coming in the fourth quarter.

Olbrys finished with a game-high 18 points, 11 boards and five blocks.

“(Olbrys) is a heck of a player,” said Lepley. “The girls do a great job of finding her. The nice thing is we are not just one player and we are balanced.”

Another sophomore Norwood relies on showed up with a couple of key shots as Erin Reen knocked down the only two threes of the contest for the Mustangs to open up the second and fourth quarters to go up 10-7 and 29-19 respectively. Reen ended up with 10 points and a pair of steals.

“(Reen) hits those shots when we need her too,” Lepley said. “She’s the engine that makes us go.”

For the Wolverines, senior captain Olivia Holbrook scored nine points with four of those coming in the first half with an 18-12 deficit at the break.

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