PUTNAM — A thrilling week this past week for the Putnam Science Academy Prep girls’ basketball team that started with the Lady Mustangs hosting the #1 ranked team in New England, Worcester Academy. As intimidating as the Worcester Academy’s #3 ranked player was, the Mustangs pulled out a 70-67 win.
Worcester Academy came into the game with a perfect 16-0 record.
The Mustangs, on the other hand, had been struggling.
Putnam Science found themselves on the losing end the game before to Tilton Academy, a long ride home from New Hampshire. It was the third loss in the last four games for the Mustangs but they knew they could turn it around.
“We had a chip on our shoulder with Worcester Academy coming to PSA.” said guard Fatima Lee. “We were the underdog on our home-court and it was a real wake-up call for a lot of us.” Lee and company responded forcing overtime and holding on for a 70-67 victory that saw Lee record a game-high 33 points and add 9 rebounds.
Niya Fields got it going in the 2nd half scoring 10 of her 13 points that saw a back-and= forth game come down to the wire. Providence commit Fatima Lee knocked down a 3-pointer with under a minute remaining from the wing and would knock down another 3-pointer from the same spot just 23 seconds later that would seal the win for PSA. Boston fouled out one minute into the extra period after scoring a team-high 24 points.
“Fatima is special and she’s not afraid to hit the big shot” said Head Coach Derek Marchione. “She’s been a huge part of our success as a program the last two years and being able to coach a player like her has been such a pleasure, I can’t wait to see her play at the next level.”
Josh Sanchas
Sports Information Director
Putnam Science Academy


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