Greater Lawrence beat Notre Dame of Lawrence 54-39 in the first round of the Division 4 North tourney. It was the Reggies’ first tourney win since the 2007 team reached the D4 North semis.
The 14 wins is also easily the most since that 2006-07 team went 17-7.
“It’s definitely a big deal,” said fifth-year coach Tara Mansour-Neilon, whose club has beaten Notre Dame of Lawrence three times this season. “We looked forward to it all season. This was one of our goals. It’s a good feeling for myself and for the kids.”
Scar Reynoso led all scorers with 19 points, Jasmine Severino added nine and Kiana Perez eight. Alyssa Goulet notched seven points and played a fine all-around game.
The Reggies play No. 1 Fenway in the quarterfinals.
Wildcats apply defense
Once Whittier got out of foul trouble, it had no trouble with Shawsheen.
With its frontcourt on the bench, Whittier trailed 27-26. But then the Wildcats, aided by some strong pressure defense, surged past their CAC rivals for a 58-39 victory.
Samnell Vonleh led the way with 18 points, 12 rebounds and 9 blocks while Andrea Terranova chipped in with 15 points and Kiana Guadalupe had three 3-pointers and 11 points in an overwhelming 22-8 advantage in the fourth quarter.
Toni Mariano played a key role off the bench in the first half with four rebounds for Whittier, which plays at New Mission at 7 p.m. tomorrow.
Local duo shines
Cara Cavanaugh of North Andover had 16 points, Kate Hoey 17 points and Kasey Hartung of Haverhill 7 points but Phillips lost to NMH 54-51 in OT in the first Northeast 8 Tourney.
Phillips lost to Hotchkiss 53-50 in the New England Prep A quarterfinals. Brandon Michel had 18 points in just 18 minutes and Nate Meehan added 13 points.
Lezon leads way
Jessica Lezon scored 21 points, Carly Swartz added 13 points and Morgan Maiola contributed 9 points and 13 rebounds as North Reading rolled over Boston Latin Academy 71-43 in the first round of the Division 3 North tourney.
The beat goes on for Salem, which improved to 18-1-1 overall and 14-1-1 in Division 1 with a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Pinkerton. Ethan Landry scored on the power play just 32 seconds into the game but the Devils’ Cody Soucy evened it in the second and potted the game-winner early in the third.
Papetros steals show
Bella Papapetros of North Andover had a game to remember with four goals and two assists as Brooks flattened Worcester Academy 7-0 in the New England Prep Division 2 quarterfinals. Dani Doherty added two goals and Gabi Hilner had a goal and two assists.
Jill Moffatt made 12 saves in two periods and she helped Windham-Pelham beat Pembroke-Campbell 5-1. Dustin Lubinger netted two goals and Connor Tierney added his first goal of the year.
Super sophomore showdown
Brooks won a 69-65 thriller in OT over Hoosac (N.Y.) in the New England Prep B quarterfinals. In a showdown of nationally-ranked sophomore point guards, Brooks’ Ikenna Ndugba got the best of Unique McLean, holding him to 17 points, well off his gaudy 35 ppg average. Another sophomore, Ceasar Adim, added career highs of 22 points and 11 rebounds in the win.
The Pentucket girls scored a program record 6,575 points to place 12th out of 31 teams at the state pentathlon on Tuesday. Tyler Feeney led the way, placing 23rd with 2,482 points. Ali Attenasio and Paige Wesolowski backed her up.
All according to schedule
If there is one team that believes it’s ready for the tournament, it’s the Whittier girls. They opened up the Division 4 North tourney last night with a 58-39 victory over Shawsheen. The Wildcats’ schedule has them more than prepared, according to head coach Kevin Bradley.
“We played 16 teams that were in the tournament and we played seven games against Division 1 teams,” said Bradley. “I don’t know anyone who played a tougher schedule.”
There is one problem, however. The Wildcats now must hit the road tomorrow at New Mission.
“We wouldn’t have as many losses, and would be home more, if we played an easier schedule,’ said Bradley.
Jim Perry had three goals and Chris Leondires stopped 31 shots but it wasn’t quite enough as Timberlane lost to Keene, 5-4.
Billerica’s girls team features only two senior starters, but head coach Chris Doneski knows that one of them, senior forward Shannon Hayes, will be tough to replace. Hayes, who matched her season average with 14 points in last night’s 53-48 victory over North Andover, has a sweet-looking jump shot and is also an excellent passer.
“We’re definitely going to miss her,” said Doneski. “She does a lot for us.”
Hayes will play at either Salem State or Regis College next year.