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Woburn women’s basketball team steals moment to stay undefeated | Sports

READING — Reading High senior Jackie Malley had her moment, but the rest of Friday night’s women’s basketball game belonged to Woburn High.

The Tanners remained unbeaten at 12-0 with a 51-29 win over Middlesex League rivals Liberty Division at Hawkes Field House.

Malley became the seventh Reading High player to reach the 1,000 point mark. She surpassed that milestone, scoring her 1,000th and 1,001st points on a layup with 2:40 left in the first quarter.

Malley finished with 11 points. She entered the game needing four. Before the basket that put her over 1,000, she made two trips to the free throw line, making two of three after being fouled on a 3-point attempt with 4:43 left. and one out of two after another trip to the line with 3:34 left in the first.

His basket was the only one Reading made from the floor in the first quarter, and only the second either team made. Woburn’s Amber Hayden 3-pointer with 4:42 left in the first was the first points of the game that didn’t come on free throws.

“It’s always tough coming here,” Woburn coach Steve Sullivan said. “Our defense has really strengthened and that has allowed us to begin the transition.”

Woburn finished the first quarter with six straight points on two baskets from Shannon McCarthy and one from Jenna Taylor (11 points) to take a 12-6 lead.

“We actually started well,” Reading coach Kara Melillo said. “After the events at the start of the game, we started falling. Our energy level was not what it should be. It wasn’t 100% and you have to play against a team like that.

The reading fell to 10-4. The loss ended a seven-game winning streak and was his only loss in January.

After Carley Dangora opened the second quarter with a bank shot to extend Woburn’s lead to 14-6, Reading (10-4) scored seven in a row to make it a one-point game, 14-13 . Malley made baskets on back-to-back trips to the field and Caroline Higgins added a 3-pointer with 5:06 left.

Higgins’ 3-pointer was the Lady Rockets’ last halftime field goal. Woburn finished the half with a 15-3 run that gave the Tanners a 29-16 advantage heading into the second half.

Cyndea Labissiere, who led Woburn with 13 points, scored twice on the half run and Mckenna Morrison also scored twice on the run.

“We share basketball,” Sullivan said. “We do better in attack when we share the ball.”

Woburn held Reading to seven points in the third quarter and extended their lead to 38-23. Ciara Keane of Reading scored the first points of the second half under the basket. Woburn responded with nine straight points before Abby Farrell scored with 3:15 left in the quarter.

Taylor scored four points during the race. Labissiere, Carley and Casey Dangora also added hoops. After Woburn went up 28-20, Brooke Pulpi hit a 3-pointer for Reading just before the end of the quarter.

In the fourth, the Tanners held a 13-9 advantage. Brianna Cirrone’s layup with 2:10 remaining was Reading’s only placement in the fourth quarter.

In the season opener, Reading lost to Woburn, 64-43.

“Woburn is a great team,” Melillo said. “They have a lot of talent everywhere. We just didn’t have enough energy on either side of the pitch tonight.