Westford loses to Braintree
Westford, the Commonwealth Motors Christmas Classic girls champions, lost to mighty Braintree High, 57-46. Braintree led the entire game, never able to break totally away. Westford got to within five points in the final four minutes, but couldn’t get within on possession.
Braintree lost at the Boston Garden the last two years to Andover High and Central Catholic before beating Lynn English last Monday night.
Christmas tourney MVP Samantha Hyslip, whose father Craig was an Eagle-Tribune All-Star football player at Andover high, led Westford with 24 points and was eight-for-eight from the line.
Central fans out in droves
The Red Sea ... aka Central Catholic students ... took over the DCU Center with more than 250 students at the game.
Again, Central rented four buses for the state final, and all were full to capacity.
“We needed an extra bus for the Garden probably because that was a school night,” said Central AD Ernie DiFiore.
The Gemmell speech
It became tradition over the last few weeks, 2013 Central grad Doug Gemmell talking to the team before it took the floor.
Home game for Pettway
Central sophomore A.J. Pettway grew up only a few miles from the DCU Center. His father, a head coach at Worcester North, played at Worcester State with Central coach Rick Nault. Pettway transferred to Central this fall from North.