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March 10, 2013

Memory Lane: Tardif unstoppable in Owls' first trip to finals

15 years ago: Tardif erupts in Owls’ first trip to finals

15 years ago: During warm-ups for the Division 1 North finals 15 years ago, three shots from Andover players hit the rim simultaneously and became wedged inside the cylinder. Everything, though, seemed to fall during the game. Andover went on a 28-8 run to close the half and rolled to a 61-46 victory over Methuen.

Twins Charlotte (25 points) and Sarah Muller (16 points) combined for five 3-pointers and 22 points during the six-minute surge, giving Andover a 37-21 advantage going into the break.

“That was the most unbelievable display of basketball,” said Andover coach Jim Tildsley. “We shot lights-out. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Jillian Middlemiss had 13 points for the Rangers.

5 years ago: During Londonderry’s Class L quarterfinal victory over Salem five years ago, Lancer head coach John Fagula passed out.

Fagula, who broke his nose when he hit the floor, was taken to the hospital and needed a pacemaker implanted.

“I’m not quite sure what caused the situation (at the game), but (the next day) I was convinced that I had to go do a surgery,” said Fagula.

The Eagle-Tribune ran a powerful and controversial photo of Fagula down on the floor surrounded by his concerned players.

5 years ago: Local teams rule at Tsongas

Lowell’s Tsongas Arena was the place to be five years ago as four local squads competed for North sectional titles.

Before 5,500 fans, Lowell went on a 14-0 run to lead Central 51-50. Central’s Billy Marsden was the hero, though, with a baseline jumper and free throw with 26.1 seconds left to give Central a pulse-pounding 55-53 win.

“That’s what he does, Marsden hits big shots,” said Central head coach Rick Nault. “He really craves that moment.”

In the girls Division 1 final, Andover jumped out to a 13-point first-quarter lead and never relented, beating Central Catholic, 55-43. Lauren Hughes (12 points), Meghan Thomann (10 points), Camille Fantini and Laura Renfro (11 points apiece) led the way.

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