Braintree finds a star in the lineup
Sophomore Lily Adams gets starting role and leads the Wamps to victory in Comcast Classic
WOBURN — Lily Adams emerged as a star over the weekend. The Braintree sophomore scored 21 points in a 73-68 overtime victory over Cathedral in Division 1 final of the Comcast Classic at Woburn High School Monday.
No. 2 Cathedral and No. 7 Braintree both provided upsets in the Saturday’s opening round. Cathedral’s topped first-ranked Belmont, 58-33, and Braintree passed No. 5 Franklin, 53-50. The Wamps (16-3) were without leading scorer Adriana Timberlake due to injury both of their games, but Adams emerged. She also had 15 points in the semifinal game.
“We all just had to come together, and we really all contributed,” Adams said. “We worked hard, and it worked out for us.”
“Especially for a sophomore to jump in and play like that was huge for us,” Braintree coach Kristen McDonnell said. “We needed that. We needed someone to step up and fill Adriana’s spot, and I thought she did a nice job as well as everybody else.”
Jeniyah Jones added 20 points for Braintree. The do-it-all senior was named the tournament’s most valuable player. She said she had the utmost confidence in Adams’s ability to step it up.
“I’m so proud, and I was expecting that,” Jones said. “Even though she’s young, she still knows the game, and she just plays really well naturally. I knew she would be a part of this.”
The Panthers (18-1) went up by as much as five points late in the fourth quarter before Adams got a second chance shot to tie it at 60 with 31.5 seconds left.
She opened overtime with two buckets sandwiched around a Jones score as Braintree built a two-possession lead with just over a minute left.
“These two teams were great,” Jones said.
Cathedral scored with 59 seconds left to make it 68-66. On the ensuing possession Braintree senior Ariana Fay drove the baseline for a bucket. Adams got a rebound on the other end. She stepped to the line and rattled home the first free throw.
Cathedral’s Amani Boston got a steal and they had a chance to tie, but her shot rimmed out.
So does McDonnell bring Adams off the bench when Timberlake comes back?
“She’ll probably find a way to stay in the starting lineup some way,” McDonnell said. “What’s nice is, she plays within herself.”
With the emergence of Adams, return of Timberlake, and steady play of the Braintree roster, they’re confident about future prospects.
“If we all keep just playing like this, all together, and with her added to that, we’re just going to dominate,” Adams said.