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Using just six players, Whittier boys not only beat Minuteman to move to 14-2 on the season but it scored its most points in a game in three seasons, winning 91-64. It was the Wildcats’ highest point total since Jan. 28, 2010 when they beat Greater Lawrence, 92-81. Justin Reyes went off for 41 points and grabbed 14 rebounds while Ryan Grant added 21 points and 11 assists.
One and won
With 30 seconds left in a tie game, Salem boys basketball forced a Londonderry turnover and freshman Matt Vartanian made it pay off by sinking a 10-footer from the baseline. His only hoop of the night earned Salem a 45-43 victory. Good team defense led by Jack Hartman (“He stepped up on both ends of the floor,” said head coach Rob McLaughlin) held Londonderry to just 16 second-half points.
Triple-double for Hoopes
Molly Hoopes had 15 points, 17 rebounds and 12 blocked shots, but Haverhill girls basketball lost 50-33 to Dracut.
Knights snaps losing streak
For the first time since losing Morgan Lumb to a sprained ankle Jan. 15, North Andover girls basketball earned a victory.
The Scarlet Knights posted a 45-37 victory over Lowell behind Michaela Mello’s season-high 15 points to go with four rebounds and four steals.
With North Andover leading 38-37 with 1:21 left, Leah Chittick scored seven straight points to put the game out of reach.
The Scarlet Knights had lost five straight.
No sophomore slump here
After a tight six-point victory against Greater Lowell in mid-January, Whittier girls “had the rematch date circled on our calender,”ead coach Kevin Bradley said. Coming out with a vengeance last night, the Wildcats rolled out a near-perfect effort, forcing 32 Gryphon turnovers to win big, 70-40, and clinch a share of the CAC title. Sophomores did all the damage for Whittier as Michaela Martin led the way with 24 points as well as great defense while the trio of Dominique Ortiz, Samnell Vonleh and Josie Sanchez combined for 32 rebounds.
Converting a season-high 10 3-pointers as a team, Salem girls basketball exploded for 50 second-half points to come back and defeat Londonderry, 71-62. Junior Brenna Blakslee (29 points with 5 3-pointers) and freshman Allie Sirmaian (4 3s) drove the Blue Devil offense, Ayla Rowell impressed with 14 rebounds and Emily Hickey led a strong defensive effort. Sophomore Casey Evans led the Lancers with 19 points.
For the first time in program history, North Reading-Lynnfield wrestling posted a perfect regular season record, going 25-0.
Neither North Reading or Lynnfield ever had a perfect season when they were separate programs, too.
North-Reading-Lynnfield received 12 individual wins, including Andrew Kibarian at heavyweight (pin in 50 seconds), in a 65-7 victory over Josiah Quincy Upper.
Lawrence pulled off an upset yesterday for its second victory this winter, knocking off 9-6 Notre Dame of Tyngsoboro 52-43 in girls basketball action.
Karla Dominguez netted a team-high 16 points for the Lancers (2-14).
Reggies qualify for tourney
Jasmine Severino collected 12 rebounds and added six points while Kiana Perez scored 12 points to lead Greater Lawrence 45-42 over Minuteman in girls basketball.
The Reggies (10-5) qualified for the tournament after to failing to make it last year.