With the still short-handed Stoughton High girls' basketball team up 41-35 heading into the fourth quarter, Sharon hit a series of deep three-pointers to erase the Stoughton lead and earn a 52-49 victory Friday night in Sharon.
"We forced them to go to the outside and they do have great outside shooters and that eventually is what got us," Stoughton coach Janet Sullivan said.
"We let it get away from us in the last quarter when we let them take three deep three-pointers and they hit all of them, so give them credit," Sullivan added.
Sharon hit a total of five three-pointers in the period, accounting for 15 of the team's 17 fourth quarter points.
Stoughton had a chance to send the game into overtime when Ashley Medeiros stole the ball with 14.5 seconds left to play, but unlike the Foxborough game Jan. 8, the Black Knights were unable to take advantage on their final possession.
The Black Knights are now 7-5 on the season, having lost three straight games. Still, the team is in good shape to make the postseason, needing three more wins to qualify with eight games remaining. Sharon is now 8-3.
Stoughton led 28-26 at the half. The 28 points were more than Stoughton scored all game in its first matchup with Sharon Dec. 18, a 48-27 loss at home. The Black Knights were much more competitive this time around, leading 43-38 with 6 minutes left to play. That's when Sharon went on its run, however.
"The difference between the first game [against Sharon] and this game is that we played really well defensively and we were much more effective on offense. We were getting the ball inside to [Nicole Daniels]," Sullivan said.
"I'm pleased with the effort," Sullivan added. "Obviously we're disappointed coming up short but much better showing than the first time we played them."
Daniels led all scorers with 24 points, while adding 14 rebounds. Kayla Motley had what Sullivan said was her best game of the season, adding 12 points and 8 rebounds.
Emma Zuk had 5 points and Medeiros had 6. Sullivan credited Medeiros for her defense on Karlie O'Driscoll, holding the Sharon scoring threat to 11 points, 5 of which came from the free-throw line.
Sullivan also credited freshman Bridgette Whalen for coming up with some key rebounds.
Lily Abarbanel led Sharon with 17 points, while Andrea Bender added 14.
Stoughton will look to snap its three-game losing skid next week. The Black Knights host 0-13 Milford on Tuesday, a team they have already beat by 28 points, and 2-11 King Philip on Friday.
"We're not taking anybody for granted," Sullivan said. "I know we had a great game vs. Milford the first time. We have not seen KP yet. We're hoping to bounce back and have a couple of wins next week."