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Bow’s bench comes up big

MANCHESTER – When the Bow guards found foul trouble in the first quarter, Taylor Marston knew she’d have to play big minutes off the bench. But the junior guard didn’t allow herself to get too carried away with the extra playing time, even if it was about to come in the Division III girls’ basketball title game.

“It definitely got me excited,” Marston said, “but I just had to stay focused and in the game.”

Marston showed that focus by hitting a 3-pointer less than a minute after checking into the game, and in the end she had six points (second-best total on the team), three rebounds and a steal in 23 minutes of court time as No. 2 Bow (21-1) claimed a 29-17 victory over No. 4 White Mountains (18-4) for the D-III championship.

“Taylor has done a great job all year,” Bow Coach Bill Vermette said. “She does a lot of things that go

undetected. She tips a lot of balls, she goes to the glass for rebounds, she’s done a nice job for us.”

Marston wasn’t the only reserve who did nice things for Bow on its way to the title. Junior forward Madeleine Horner played 13 minutes, including key minutes in the fourth, and finished with two points, three rebounds and a steal. Freshman guard Amanda Murray played just two minutes yesterday, but she did contribute an assist during that short stretch (one of just five on the game for Bow), and she did play 10 important minutes in Bow’s semifinal win over Bishop Brady.

“We all just played like a team, we all stayed focused and we came up with the big win,” Marston said.

Marston spent her first two years of high school at Bishop Brady before transferring to Bow, her hometown, this year.

“I wasn’t feeling right at Brady,” Marston said. “It just didn’t feel right not being with all my old friends.”

But it also felt odd for Marston to be coming off the bench at Bow since she was a two-year starter at Brady.

“It was definitely different,” she said. “I had to get used to it, but in the end it felt fine, especially now.”

(Tim O’Sullivan can be reached at 369-3371 or tosullivan@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @timosullivan20.)

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