Girls Basketball

Mighty effort

Unbeaten Braintree, the state’s top club, got an unexpected scare from an Andover club with just five wins. The Golden Warriors cut it to five points in the fourth before succumbing 54-45. Jillian Webber was brilliant with 24 points against a Wamps club which beat AHS in the 2015 state semis.

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Girls Basketball, 03/19/16 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Bradford Christian takes title

While Brooks took the Class B boys title, the Bradford Christian Academy girls basketball team earned some hardware of its own. The Sentinels won the NEPSAC Class D championship in just their second year in the league, beating the Watkinson School of Connecticut 43-40. Haverhill's Mikaela Rogers scored 8 points and was named tournament MVP, and Jamayra Castro led the way with 12 points.

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Girls Basketball, 03/06/16 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Lethal Lancers

Londonderry mauled North, 65-41, to advance to the Division 1 semis. Jackie Luckhardt (15 points), Ashley Evans (13 points, 12 rebounds), Kelsey Coffey (12 points) and Kate Balcom (12 points) placed the winners.

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Girls Basketball, 03/05/16 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Super sophomores

Sophomores J.C. Castro of Bellingham scored 18 points with three 3-pointers and Sydney Richard of Hooksett, N.H., backed her with 16 and four treys as Bradford Christian won its New England Prep D semifinal game with Vermont Academy 54-46.

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Girls Basketball, 03/05/16 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Triton ends Pentucket season

WEST NEWBURY — Triton coach Dan Boyle summed it up as well as it could have been when he said "Anytime you play a team for the third time in a season, it's hard to win those games."

That lesson hit Pentucket hard last night as Boyle's 13th-seeded Vikings earned a hard-fought Division 2 North Section upset of the fourth-seeded and defending section-runnersup Sachems 36-32.

"For the first time, we put together four good quarters against them," said Boyle, who's squad had dropped two earlier decisions to Pentucket by a combined 23 points and had closed the regular season losing five of the final seven.

The Sachems (16-6) showed up ready, holding the visitors to a mere four first-quarter points. But they were unable to take advantage of the stingy defense, held back by the kind of shoddy shooting that would be a plague the entire night.

Triton (11-10) bounced back in the second period on 7-of-12 shooting to force a 19-19 tie at intermission.

"At tournament time it's tough to beat anybody," McNamara said. "It doesn't matter if it's the team from the town next to you or the other side of the state. Triton played a great game and I give them all the credit in the world."

The break didn't provide any spark as both teams struggled in a third period that saw a combined nine points and 11 turnovers.

Pentucket, which closed Cape Ann play by winning eight of their final nine league outings, twice opened four-point lead early in the fourth on a three by Maddi Doyle and a pair of Carolyn Modlish free throws that provided a 29-27 lead with 6:48 remaining.

From that point on, however, Triton outscored the Sachems 11-3 down the stretch, allowing only a Colleen Jameson three that gave Pentucket a 32-29 lead with 4:17 left.

Tessa Lafrance paced Triton down the stretch as she did the entire game, scoring six of her game-high 16 in the final 6 minutes. The junior, who also had 14 rebounds, made a big steal on an inbound pass under the Pentucket basket with 22.2 seconds left and the Vikings holding a 33-32 lead. Morgan Snow and Lafrence combined to make three of four free throws for the final margin.

"At the time, we had our best free throw shooters on the line, so we were feeling pretty good about where we were at," Boyle said. "These girls worked real hard tonight. We played a great Pentucket team that tied for the league title. They're a heck of a team to come in and beat them on their floor. It's a great accomplishment for us ... For the first time, we put together four good quarters."

Pentucket, which made only nine of 49 shots (18.4 percent) overall and four of its 23 attempts from inside the arc. Modlish led the Sachems with nine points while Taylor Moore and Jameson chipped in with six each.

"We didn't shoot the ball well the whole game," McNamara said. "But our senior group has won three Cape Ann League championships, and they have nothing to be ashamed of. They've had a fantastic career."

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Girls Basketball, 03/03/16 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Dominant second half gives Pinkerton tourney win

DERRY — With Pinkerton trailing by three points heading into the second half, and struggling to find any offense, senior co-captain Marissa Stacy pulled hotshot sophomore Amanda Lemire aside.

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Girls Basketball, 03/02/16 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Lancers pull away


Londonderry's girls basketball team swarmed past Exeter with a 19-1 third quarter to overwhelm Exeter 53-26 in the first round of the Division 1 North tournament. Ashley Evans and Kelsey Coffey led the scoring for the Lancers (18-3) with 16 and 15 points respectively and Jackie Luckhardt had 11 assists and 7 steals. 

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Bradford Christian rolls


Sydney Richard buried six 3-pointers and scored 24 points and Mikaela Richard added 21 points as Bradford Christian romped past Gunnery 73-38 in the NEPSAC Class D quarterfinals.

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Lexington's Machine Gun Kelly shoots down Knights

LEXINGTON – North Andover hung around for as long as it could, but Lexington simply had too much firepower.
Lexington (18-5) was led by 37 points from senior star Anna Kelly, and the Minutemen defeated North Andover 67-46 to win the Division I North first-round game.
“I think I have 13 girls who played with their hearts and souls the entire game,” said North Andover head coach Megan Ryan. “There’s nothing more I can ask as a coach to have kids that worked as hard as they did tonight.”
Kelly is used to putting up those type of numbers. She is one of the leader scorers in the state averaging over 25 points per game, and on Feb. 2 broke the 44-year-old Lexington High School all-time scoring record of 1,794 held by former NBA rookie of the year Ronnie Lee.
Kelly will continue to play hoop at Division I Fordham University in the Bronx.
A four-point game after one quarter grew quickly thanks to a 20-point first half for Kelly, a 5-7 guard. A three by Abbie Karalis helped the Knights end the second quarter on an 8-4 run to make the score 40-25 at the half.
The run gave the Knights a little momentum coming out of the locker room, but Lexington opened the third quarter with a 6-0 run that pushed the led up to 46-25. The Knights played a strong defensive third quarter, holding Lexington to just 11 points, but they trailed 51-34 heading into the final frame.
Another Karalis three followed by an Emily Sifferlen layup cut the lead to 55-41 with five minutes remaining. Whenever North Andover would string together a couple straight baskets, however, Kelly would respond with a basket at the other end.  
Karalis led the Knights with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Sifferlen dropped in 14 points, Megan Lucy added 6 and Alexiz Mencia had 5. Rachel Davies hauled in a team high 12 rebounds.
The Knights finished their season with an 11-10 record including a 63-56 loss to the Minutemen on Feb. 19. The group had signature wins this season over teams such as Andover and Newton South.
“This group is awesome,” said Ryan. “They’re a group that comes into the gym everyday in good spirits and ready to work hard. They competed every day, and it was such a pleasure being with them.”
For Mencia, Karalis and Shannon Irwin, Tuesday’s loss marked their final game in their North Andover career.
“What can’t I say about my seniors,” said Ryan. “My seniors are everything. Abby, Alexis and Shannon worked their tails off and pushed everyone all season. They get the job done and they know how to compete. They are a phenomenal group, and I will miss them dearly.”

Lexington 67, North Andover 46
Division 1 North First Round
North Andover (46): Lucy 3-0-6, Sifferlen 3-8-14, Mencia 1-3-5, Karalis 7-0-16, Slattery 0-1-1, G. Liporto 1-0-2, Davies 1-0-2, Conwell 0-0-0, E. Liporto 0-0-0, Irwin 0-0-0, Connors 0-0-0. Totals 16-12-46
Lexington (67): Kelly 15-5-37, Boutwell 3-0-6, Stigberg 1-0-2, Strohmeyer 1-4-6, Van Arsdell 3-2-8, Samsel 1-0-2, Lee 0-0-0, Fein-Cole 2-0-4, Rotlevy 0-2-2, Gaines 0-0-0. Totals 26-13-67
3-pointers: NA — Karalis 2, L — Kelly 2
North Andover (11-10):     11 14  9 12 — 46
Lexington (18-5):     15 25 11 16 — 67

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Girls Basketball, 03/01/16 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Whittier knocked from postseason

HAVERHILL — A stifling fullcourt press helped Whittier Tech claw its way back into its District 4 North Section opener, but it proved insufficient to keep the Warriors from staving off postseason elimination.

Facing Commonwealth League rival Shawsheen for the third time this season, the opening half was much like their regular season affairs that featured a split in games neither team won by more than three and included a double overtime Ram victory earlier this month.

But the ninth-seeded Rams blew open their two-point lead at intermission with a 24-point third quarter that featured a 16-1 opening stanza run that forged a 42-25 lead with 2:41 left.

The eighth-seeded Wildcats, however, cranked up the pressure in the fourth. Forcing turnovers on 10 of Shawsheen's first 12 possessions, Whittier closed the gap to 52-42 midway through the frame as guards Xciana Flores (4) and Kayle Hobbs combined for six of the team's eight steals.

"I was proud of how gutsy the girls played," Bradley said. "We got them down to 10, and I thought we could get them right here. But give Shawsheen credit, they kept their composure and were able to keep us away from them."

Emma Saulnier came off the bench took advantage by hitting two of her four treys while Flores added four points of her own in the run.

"Maybe we should've start that a little bit earlier," coach Kevin Bradley said of the press. "We were pretty good when we were playing aggressive. It came down to missed shots, especially foul shots."

Whittier (12-9) and Shawsheen (13-8) both struggled to find the net, combining to shoot 26.7 percent from the floor (37-139) and 43.1 percent from the line (22-51). The Wildcats were a woeful 15 of 68 from the field.

When told his team shot 22.1 percent, Bradley replied: "That's not bad, that's horrendous. (Shooting) hasn't been our problem (down the stretch). It's just been a matter of coming back from injuries. We've just been trying to stay healthy."

Flores paced the Wildcats with 13 points, while Saulnier added 12 and Hobbs, celebrating just the fourth leap-year birthday of her life, chipped in nine. But it wasn't enough to keep Whittier from losing its sixth straight to close out the season. Other than the 84-82, double-OT loss to Shawsheen, the Wildcats scored 48 or fewer five times.

"It was a growing season," Bradley said of a campaign that opened with nine wins the first 11 outings despite a pair of sophomores starting. "None of them really played on the varsity last year, and they're all young. And they're all back next year since we don't have any seniors. So, this was a good learning season for us."

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