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Woburn girls bounce Belmont on Kelsey Qualey’s late 3

WOBURN —With all of the momentum having slipped from its grasp, the Woburn girls’ basketball team seemed destined to being dealt another last-minute defeat to Middlesex League rival Belmont for the second time in a month.

However, the host Tanners were able to collect their composure and derail Belmont’s comeback in the final seconds.

A corner 3-pointer by senior captain Kelsey Qualey with 8.5 seconds remaining spurred Woburn to its eighth straight victory, a critical 58-55 Middlesex Liberty win at Torrice Gym on Friday night.


“The girls weathered the storm,” Woburn coach Steven Sullivan. “It is never over. That’s a very good team. Our girls never quit.”

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In handing Belmont (11-2, 10-1 Middlesex) its first league loss, Woburn (11-1, 11-1) moved into a tie for first in the Liberty. Host Belmont had beaten the Tanners on Jan. 2, 43-38.

Woburn senior Rachael Donahue led all scorers with 16 points, with senior Andrea Schiavone and sophomore Ashlyn Pacheco each contributing 14.

All but two of Schiavone’s points came from behind the three-point line, pacing a Tanners shooting barrage that included nine 3-point makes.

For the Belmont, senior Carly Christofori had 14.


With 0.4 seconds remaining and Belmont down three, Christofori fired in a shot from the perimeter with her left (off hand), but she was whistled for a travel, and it was unclear if she was on or behind the 3-point line.

The Marauders scored the game’s first nine points, but Woburn utilized the three-ball to battle back. A 12-0 run punctuated by a driving runner by Pacheco gave the Tanners a 12-9 advantage in rapid fashion.

The lead ballooned to 35-24 at halftime thanks to an 11-2 run headlind by a trio of deep threes, two of which came from Schiavone.

Woburn appeared to be in control heading into the game’s final 90 seconds, but a 10-0 run by Belmont tied the game at 55 following consecutive 3-pointers from Propp and Call.

Liam O’Brien can be reached at liam.obrien@globe.com.