Scituate 2, Middleborough 1 — Jack Reidy scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and Matt Gentile stopped 21 shots as the Scituate hockey team defeated fourth-seeded Middleboro, 2-1, on Thursday at the Bridgewater Ice Arena in the first round of the Division 3 South tournament. The 20th seeded Sailors (11-8-3) scored the game’s first goal midway through the second period. Junior center Josh Beck drove around the net and slapped three shots. On the third deflection, junior center Jamie Murray stuffed the puck into the right side of the net. “The first period and early in the second went well for us,’’ said Scituate coach Mike Breen. “We were playing all three of our lines and they were only playing two and they were wearing out.’’ “They have a great line of scorers, so by playing three lines changes their pace of play and takes the edge out from their game.” The Sachems (15-5-1) were able to tie the game in the second period when a wide slap shot ricocheted off a Scituate defender and into the top right of the net. The Sailors got the winner when junior defensemen Jack Ready unleashed a wrist shot from the point that hit a Sachems stick it deflected into the net. “Their goalie had the angle covered, but it went to a different position,’’ said Breen. “It could have been anyone’s game. They came out hard in the third quarter. They pressured us and they went for it. They were beating us to the puck and I was in shock for the first three shifts and once we popped our second goal it took the wind out of their sails.” The Sailors advance to face 12th-seeded Norwell in the quarterfinals.
Thursday’s high school roundup
Updated: Friday, March 1, 2013, 11:49 a.m.
Dover-Sherborn 6, Diman 2 — Doug Rossi scored twice for the Raiders.
Tilton 3, Winchendon 1 — Nikko Markham, Thad Asa, and Sean O'Brien scored for the Rams in the first round of the New England Small School playoffs.
St. John’s (Shrewsbury) 62, St. Peter-Marian 38 — Ken Harrington led four Pioneers in double figures with a game-high 15 points as the fifth-seeded Pioneers (15-6) began their Division 1 title defense with a quarterfinal win over the fourth-seeded Guardians (16-7) at Clark University. Adham Floyd (12 points), Davon Jones (11) and Charlie Murray (10) also scored in double figures for St. John's, which plays top-seeded Algonquin in Sunday's semifinal at 5:30 p.m. at WPI. Kevin Riley scored 7 points and Jalen Evans-Ashton and Tim Berry each chipped in with 6 points for St. Peter-Marian.
Algonquin 61, Fitchburg 59 — A.J. Brodeur had 18 points, 17 rebounds and six blocks and hit the eventual game-winning bucket with a finger roll as the No. 1 Tomahawks rallied from a double-digit deficit to top the No. 9 Red Raiders. Brandon Lukoff had 21 points and 10 rebounds for Algonquin, which trailed by 11 in the third quarter but went on a 10-0 run to start the fourth quarter to cut it to a one-possession game. Mike Stamas added 12 points for the Tomahawks. Charles Doss had 16 points, while Anthony Salome added 11 for Fitchburg, which hit six 3-pointers in the second quarter to go ahead at halftime.
Wachusett 60, Doherty 58 — The host Mountaineers rallied from a 13-point deficit early in the fourth quarter and rallied past the No. 7 Highlanders as Zack Berman scored a game-high 28 points and hit two crucial free throws with eight seconds left to give Wachusett the win. The Mountaineers face No. 3 Milford at 5:30 Sunday at WPI in a semifinal. "Those two free throws by Zack Berman at the end didn't even hit the rim," Wachusett coach Tom Gibbons said. "Zack Berman wasn't going to let us lose this game." Jamal Mustapha had 17 points, while Antonio Jones added 13 for Doherty.
Milford 56, Westborough 49 — David Mercier had 16 points to lead the No. 3 Scarlet Hawks past the visiting No. 11 Rangers. Milford will face No. 2 Wachusett - their former Mid-Wach A rivals - at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at WPI in a semifinal. Zach Diamond had 15 points, while Connor Fitzgerald had 12 points for Westboro.
Clinton 58, Quabbin 44 — Sophomore Brendan Kittredge scored 15 points and junior Ed Rupia added 12 as the top-seeded Gaels (20-2) won their quarterfinal in Clinton. Junior Franklin Perez had 10 points for Clinton, which faces 13th-seeded Gardner in a semifinal at 3 p.m. Sunday at WPI. Senior Mitch Granese led all scorers with 16 points for the Panthers (14-10).
Northbridge 51, Uxbridge 43 — Junior Jason Ganley and senior Matt Phelan each scored 13 points as the third-seeded Rams (16-6) held off the No. 6 Spartans at home. Northbridge faces St. Bernard's in a semifinal at 1 p.m. Sunday at WPI. Senior Jake Ryan (11 points) made two big baskets in the fourth quarter for the Rams after Uxbridge drew to within three points. Sophomore Antonio Becerril had six points and 17 rebounds for Northbridge. Senior Kenny Paulhus had 14 points to lead the Spartans (14-8).
North Andover 61, Latin Academy 41 — Senior forward Isaiah Nelsen led the victorious Knights with 22 points.
St. Mary’s 63, Winthrop 46 — Senior forward Matt Manning scored 21 points and took down 11 rebounds for the Spartans. They will next go to Pope John for a quarterfinal on Saturday, March 2, at 3 p.m.
North Quincy 56, Natick 44 — Junior forward Efthim Butka recorded a team-high 16 points and 13 rebounds to lift the Red Raiders (16-5).
Hingham 63, Walpole 62 — Senior Eddie Bowler (15 points, 10 rebounds) drained a jumper in the paint with eight seconds left as the Harbormen completed a 16-0 run, coming all the way back from a 24-point deficit to advance to the quarterfinals. Senior Ricky Sullivan chipped in 16 points in the win.
Marshfield 69, Brockton 65 — The fourth-seeded Rams knocked off the Boxers behind senior Brendan McGuiness's 24 points and 18 rebounds. Seniors Robbie Acer and Eddie Fultz also pitched in with 12 points each. The Rams will next face Brookline on Saturday at home.
Gardner 56, Blackstone-Millville 54 — Senior Andrew Gallant hit a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left, putting the 13th-seeded Wildcats (10-12) ahead for good in Blackstone. Gallant finished with 18 points for Gardner, which faces top-seeded Clinton in a semifinal at 3 p.m. Sunday. Gardner led, 23-9, after one quarter, but BMR (10-10) tied the game in the second before trailing at half, 30-28. The Wildcats were up, 48-38, after three before the Chargers rallied to take a 54-52 lead with a minute left, as senior captains Kevin Gautreau (15 points) and Matt Norquist (10 points, 12 rebounds) each scored seven points in the fourth. After Gallant's winning 3, the Wildcats added a free throw for the final score.
St. Bernard’s 75, Bartlett 66 — John Crawley needed 23 points to reach the 1,000-point plateau for the host Bernardians and he finished with a game-high 30 to help No. 2 St. Bernard's to a win over the No. 7 Indians. St. Bernard's (17-4) will face No. 3 Northbridge (16-6) at 1 p.m. Sunday at WPI in a semifinal game. Austin Wood had 15 points, while Michael McGuirl added 11 for the Bernardians. Akeem Belnavis had 27 points for Bartlett (14-7), while Alexander Givins-Perry had 10.
Lynn English 68, Medford 34 — The top-seeded Bulldogs advanced to the quarterfinals behind Deidra Newson (22 points, 8 rebounds) and Catherine Stinson (21 points, 5 assists).
Danvers 50, Gloucester 42 — Senior guard Kasey Sherry scored 16 points and freshman guard Hannah Llewllelyn chipped in 12 to push the Falcons.
Arlington Catholic 59, Salem 28 — Junior Presley Silva had 12 points and seven rebounds to lead the Cougars (17-6).
University Park 58, Southbridge 41 — Aretha Sullivan had 30 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists and 3 steals as the top-seeded Cougars (20-1) prevailed. Jasmine Nieves (7 points, 10 rebounds) and Sam O'Gara (14 points, 8 assists) shined for Main South, which hosts eighth-seeded Sutton in a quarterfinal Saturday at a site and time to be determined. Ariana Rivas led the 16th-seeded Pioneers (12-10) with 13 points.
Sutton 50, Assabet 34 — Sophomore forward Deanna Lazarra had six points and five rebounds for the eighth-seeded Suzies (15-6) in the third quarter, when Sutton outscored the ninth-seeded Aztecs, 21-6, while allowing only one field goal. Sophomore guard Amy Haven had 14 points and junior guard Monica Hall 10 for the Suzies, who face top-seeded Main South in a quarterfinal Saturday. Sutton junior forward Erin Messier added six points and 13 rebounds. Junior Tia Joubert scored 12 points for Assabet (14-7).
Hopedale 64, Monty Tech 18 — The fourth-seeded Blue Raiders (17-4) outscored the 20th-seeded Bulldogs, 22-2, in the second quarter to take control of a first-round game in Hopedale. Hopedale hosts Douglas in a quarterfinal at 7 p.m. Saturday. Senior guard Anna Siefring and senior forward Jessica Messier each scored 13 points over just three quarters - both scoring 11 in the first half, with Messier hitting three 3-pointers as Hopedale took a 41-10 halftime lead. Senior center Kara Bresciani had five points and 16 rebounds for the Blue Raiders. Sophomore Nicole Apicella added five assists and four steals, and sophomore Leah Hyland scored six points in her first varsity game, all in the fourth quarter. Monica Pucko led Monty Tech (11-11) with 11 points.
Douglas 31, Bromfield 24 — Senior forward Shannon Madden had 4 points, 8 rebounds and 6 steals for the 12th-seeded Tigers (15-6), who shut out the fifth-seeded Trojans in the second quarter in Harvard. Junior guard Taryn Cordani scored four of her 11 points in that second period for Douglas, which plays at No. 4 Hopedale in a quarterfinal at 7 p.m. Saturday. Senior guard Montana Burke led Bromfield (15-6) with 10 points.
Blackstone Valley 53, Whitinsville Christian 38 — Ashley Thompson had 18 points and 12 rebounds to power the second-seeded Beavers (19-2) in Upton. Valley Tech hosts Littleton in a quarterfinal at 5 p.m. Saturday. The Beavers rebounded from a 20-17 halftime deficit, outscoring Whitinsville, 36-18, after intermission. Megan McFadden added nine points and Kelly Ney had eight points and five assists for Valley Tech. Molly Stark led the 18th-seeded Crusaders (11-11) with 18 points.
Littleton 43, Parker Charter 38 — Meaghann Ackermann (10 points) hit four free throws in the final 15 seconds and Kristen Smith scored 16 points as the seventh-seeded Tigers (14-5) prevailed. Littleton will play at second-seeded Valley Tech in a quarterfinal at 5 p.m. Saturday. Julia Court did a fine job guarding Parker's Katie Williamson, who was held to two points. Tate Jordan led the 10th-seeded Panthers (14-7) with 15 points.
Quaboag 54, Ayer Shirley 39 — Sophomore Brittany Herring scored a game-high 15 points and added 10 rebounds and the third-seeded Cougars (19-2) beat the 19th-seeded Panthers (11-11) in Warren. Quaboag hosts West Boylston in a quarterfinal at 7 p.m. Saturday. Jess Korzec added 13 points and Ally Plante hit three 3-pointers en route to 11 points for the Cougars. Gabby Hebert led Ayer-Shirley with 14 points.
West Boylston 67, South Lancaster 32 — Katelynn Rizzuto scored 21 points and Amy Peterson had 15 as the 11th-seeded Lions (15-6) won their first-round game in Lancaster. West Boylston plays a quarterfinal at third-seeded Quaboag at 7 p.m. Saturday. Lisa Gifford and Melodie Kukome each scored 11 points for sixth-seeded South Lancaster (14-6).
Ursuline 71, Wareham 52 — Senior Kristen Hickey did it all for the Bears, finishing with 12 points, 10 rebounds, 14 assists, and 5 steals, while teammate Leah Shelby added 24 points. Wareham's Amber Philkins scored 18 points and Brianna Muir netted 16 in the loss.
Old Rochester 44, Bellingham 36 — Senior point guard Abby Offringa poured in a game-high 16 points and senior guard Katie Wilbur added 12 points to power the Bulldogs (17-4).
Bourne 49, East Bridgewater 46 — Junior guard Stacie Tonello netted a team-high 18 points to lift the Canalmen (18-3).
Archbishop Williams 59, Medway 37 — Sophomore Alana Gilmore (16 points), junior Leah Spencer (14), and junior Olivia Conrad (13) led the Bishops.
Martha's Vineyard 64, Fairhaven 39 — Maggie Riseborough scored 18 points and Kendall Robinson added 17 in the Vineyarders' win.
Norwood 6, Scituate 0 — Emily Kelly netted a natural hat trick and assisted on Kacie Smith's goal 11 seconds into the game for the Mustangs. Samantha Baturin made 12 saves in the shutout.