CARL RUSSO PHOTOS: Central Catholic freshman Ashley Dinges of Haverhill gave her senior teammates a perfect going away present Thursday afternoon.
Dinges, who led all scorers with 16 points, hit three straight free throws at the end of regulation to tie the game, then drilled a 3-pointer in overtime as the Raiders rallied to beat Andover 36-33 to win the MVC Cup Division 1 title and finish the season at 10-0.
The win also somewhat made amends for last year when Central defeated Andover twice during the regular season only to lose in the state tournament to the Warriors, who went on to become Division 1 co-state champions.
“That was tough to lose last year and this is 100% redemption,” said Raider senior Adrianna Niles, whose nine points were second on the team to Dinges. “This feels really good.”