KP girls bow

King Philip’s Bridget McGovern (left) is consoled by teammate Allison Partridge (Staff photo by MARK STOCKWELL)

NATICK — And then "Flutie Stole the Ball!"

No, not Dougie, Brittany, the senior forward for the Natick High girls’ basketball team.

Facing an 18-point deficit with just under eight minutes remaining to be played in the opening round of its MIAA Division 1 South Sectional Tournament game, the King Philip High Warriors refused to go meekly into the night back to Wrentham.

Knocking down a pair of three-point field goals, converting a pair of three-point plays, King Philip shaved that deficit to merely 51-44 with little more than two minutes left on the clock Monday night at Natick High.

And the Warriors were heading down the floor again toward potential points — but Flutie stole the ball and scored. Then she created another steal in the waning seconds and the Redmen scored again.

And that was it. After scoring just 27 points through the first 24 minutes of play, the KP Warriors scored 20 points over the final eight minutes but ran out of time and possessions — the result being a 55-47 loss.

The aforementioned Flutie scored 10 points and hauled in nine rebounds for the Redmen (12-8), making their first postseason appearance in a dozen years, while senior center-forward Mae Shamir accounted for 18 points, 15 rebounds and two blocked shots.

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