WELLESLEY — Braintree is starting to find its flow offensively. The result has been three straight 60-plus point performances.
On Tuesday night, seniors Jenna Roche and Rachel Tutkus and junior Adriana Timberlake teamed up for 42 points in less than three quarters as the fifth-ranked Wamps cruised to a 75-40 win over host Wellesley in a Bay State Conference girls’ basketball matchup.
Braintree (12-2) jumped on the No. 14 Raiders (11-4) less than two minutes in and never faltered.
Timberlake (game-high 21 points) and Roche (14 points) orchestrated a 9-0 spurt for an early 13-4 lead. Timberlake also delivered strong on-the-ball defense on Wellesley’s leading scorer, senior captain Kelzie Zarle.
“We knew we had to come out hot defensively,” Roche said. “We were definitely prepared for tonight.”
Collecting an offensive rebound off a long miss, Wellesley junior forward Brooke Guiffre netted a right-wing triple to stop the run. The Raiders opened the second quarter with a bucket, but Braintree extended the advantage to 19-9 with 5:36 to go in the second quarter, prompting a timeout from Wellesley coach Glen Magpiong.
“We weren’t hitting our shots and we weren’t aggressive offensive,” he said.
“They beat us in all phases of the game tonight.”
Roche (11 first-half points) and Tutkus (7 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds) sparked a 16-2 run as Braintree built a 36-15 cushion by halftime. Ariana Fay drained a three for the 21-point bulge.
“We needed the boost offensively,” said Braintree coach Kristen McDonnell. “We pride ourselves on defense and we’re getting more offensive oomph.”
Timberlake could only frustrate Zarle; she finished the night with 13 points.
Wellesley cut the deficit to under 20 points in the third quater before Braintree pulled away in the final eight minutes.
“Our shots fell tonight, theirs didn’t and that’s kind of the story,” McDonnell said. “We’ve finally found our shot the last few games and we needed that offensive boost. It’s halfway through the season and the kids are really starting to get used to playing together.”Greg Levinsky can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.