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January 13, 2013

Memory Lane: Hillies' Murphy bounces back

20 years ago: Hillies’ Murphy bounces back 10 years ago: And a freshman shall lead them

After a dazzling run to the Eastern Mass. Division 2 finals in 2003, Central Catholic was expected to ride the core of that team to another big season.

Shelly Szmyt had other plans.

The freshman guard from Pelham became an integral part of the team starting in an impressive 67-55 victory over Lowell. Szmyt scored a team-high 16 points, joining with backcourt mate @text2:Casey Grange (11 points, 9 assists) to lead Central its sixth win in seven contests.

“This was kind of her coming out party,” said Raiders head coach @text2:Sue Downer of the 5-9 Szmyt. “She is finally starting to feel comfortable.”

The emergence continued in Central’s next game.

Trailing Chelmsford by 16 points with 11 minutes left, the Raiders rode seven rebounds, four assists and two steals from Szmyt in the second half alone to come back for a 76-58 victory.

Szmyt finished with 14 points, second only to Grange’s 18.

10 years ago last week: Big games for Lyons, Waldie @text2:Emily Lyons scorched Methuen for 34 points as Haverhill ran away with a 80-47 victory. The Rangers bounced back in a big way, riding 29 points from Meredith Waldie to a 69-64 upset of Central Catholic. … Led by 19 points from area scoring leader Jenny Muller (18.1 points per game), Andover dumped Billerica, 65-36. … Meghan McDonald scored seven clutch fourth-quarter points as Salem, despite missing two starters, beat Londonderry, 68-60.

Miguel Lora had a game-high 18 points and added 12 boards in Lawrence’s 71-58 win over Chelmsford. … With 17 points and 17 rebounds, Wilson Pierre led Haverhill past Methuen, 69-57. … Pat Escabi erupted for 26 points in Pinkerton’s 70-53 triumph over Exeter, then threw down a thunderous dunk as part of a 30-point effort in a win over Londonderry. … David Marion led Greater Lawrence with 19 points in a 63-55 win over Whittier. … Jonathan Cruz and Dan O’Shea scored 13 points for unbeaten Central Catholic in a 58-40 win over Chelmsford. …

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