Five-foot-9 junior Elena Shand used her size and varied offensive arsenal to score 24 points, but the visiting Crusaders (9-2) had to hold on at the finish to edge the Polar Bears (8-6). South Lancaster led, 45-38, with 2 minutes left, but North clawed back to within two points and had a chance to take the lead, but missed a 3-pointer with 13 seconds left. Sophomore forward Francia Manneh (12 points) and sophomore guard Shayla Connors (11) each scored six fourth-quarter points to help North rally.
South Lancaster 45, Worcester North 43
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at Worcester
Updated: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, 9:12 a.m.