Salem wins the war
Nashua South ran off 31 points in the third quarter, but Salem girls basketball had already built a 25-point halftime lead en route to a comfortable 77-64 victory. Juniors Emily Hickey (20 points) and Brenna Blakslee (19 points) powered the Blue Devil offense in the win.
Agganis’ career high not enough
Senior Marisa Agganis netted a career-high 26 points but Georgetown girls basketball lost 53-48 to Hamilton-Wenham.
The Royals were leading entering the fourth, but then were outscored 11-0 in the final period.
Productive point guard
Point guard Pam Coufos recorded 10 points, seven rebounds, nine steals and six assists as North Andover girls basketball bashed Dracut 55-27.
Pesky defense from Courtney Zacharias, Nicole Carroll and Molly Condon proved to be troublesome for Haverhill as Methuen rolled to a 59-25 victory in girls basketball. The trio also combined for 17 points while the Hillies were led by Molly Hoopes (11 points, 18 rebounds).
Justin Reyes netted 20 points and added 16 rebounds to lead Whittier boys basketball 61-45 over Greater Lawrence.
Ryan Grant also had a double-double, scoring 10 and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Andrew Wells poured in seven 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 22 points.
Keith’s on the case
Stepping up against Division 1 Bishop Fenwick, Division 2 North Reading boys hockey took home its third win in a row, 4-1. Goalie Keith Linnane did a great job handling Fenwick’s offensive pressure, turning aside 21 shots.
Big night for DeBaldo, Vaiknoras
Pelham almost saw a big lead disappear in the fourth quarter, but Becca DeBaldo (12 points) made a couple of big defensive stops down low with 15 seconds left to hold off St. Thomas Aquinas for a 53-51 victory in girls basketball.
Pelham boys basketball was down by 10 points in the second half but Jake Vaiknoras netted 16 of his 26 points in the second half to lead Pythons 56-54 over St. Thomas Aquinas, which missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
For the first time since 1983, North Reading boys basketball is 10-0. The Hornets rolled 66-38 over Amesbury after leading by just two points at halftime.
Tommy Hogan scored 17 of his 21 points during the second half.
The 1983 team started out 16-0 and finished 19-3.
North Reading also qualified for the state tournament for the first time in three years.
Pentucket at its best
Pentucket’s Tori Spofford ran a personal best to win the 300 (49.92), then was a part of the winning 4x400 team, which posted a PR of 4:34.32, and also included Marisa Lundy, Kristin Fitzgerald and Paige Wesolowski.
Pentucket won 44-42 over Hamilton-Wenham in girls track.
Also winning while running personal bests were Brianna Repke in the 1,000 (3:40.96) and Marissa Porter in the mile (5:47.20).