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December 31, 2012

North Andover hoops wins thriller

Knights stun No. 2 Central on Collins lay-up with 1 second left

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“I think we were nervous early, but we settled down in the second half,” said Breen.

Central did hold a slight lead much of the game, however, relying on its defense, which forced 17 turnovers in the first half. The Raiders took a 20-15 lead at halftime.

Casey McLaughlin came on strong late and led the Raiders with 17 points while Walsh drove relentlessly for 14 points, hitting 6 of 6 from the free throw line. Alex Nagri and Darion Summers led the defensive charge for Central.

Deadlocked at 32-32, the final quarter was a wild one with five lead changes. It seemed to come down to who would have the ball last and that turned out to be the Knights.

“This is a dream come true,” said Lumb. “We all believed in ourselves and thought we could win this game.”

North Andover 45,

Central Catholic 44

agateText:Central Catholic (44): Courtney Walsh 4 6-6 14, Alex Nagri 1 1-2 3, Amanda Williams 0 0-0 0, Madison Borrelli 0 0-0 0, Caitlin Dell’Orfano 2 6-7 10, McLaughlin 8 1-1 17. Totals 15 14-18 44.

North Andover (45): Pam Coufos 0 0-0 0, Leah Chittick 2 2-2 6, Mackenzie Mello 1 0-0 3, Christina Castaldo 1 0-0 2, Morgan Lumb 4 9-10 19, Megan Collins 4 0-0 9, Michaela Mello 3 0-0 6. Totals 15 11-12 45

3-pointers: NA — Mackenzie Mello, Lumb 2, Collins

Central Catholic (5-1): 8 12 12 12 — 44

North Andover (6-0): 4 11 17 13 — 45

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