With the top two girls’ basketball teams in the state going head-to-head for the first time this season, there was no doubt the championship game of the Comcast Classic would be an exciting matchup.
Reading trailed the entire game until guard Bridget Clements got the ball behind the arc and hit a 3-pointer to give the Rockets their first lead with 2:25 remaining. The top-ranked Rockets never looked back, handing No. 2 Archbishop Williams a 73-69 loss at Babson College Monday.
Senior guard/forward Olivia Healy was named tournament MVP for the second straight year after a stellar performance of 40 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists.
The teams spent most of the fourth quarter trading baskets. After a strong effort by the Rockets to get close, Archbishop Williams put together an 8-0 run with 4:40 left in the fourth to give them a 65-57 lead.
Archbishop Williams (17-5) came out of the gate fast, diving for loose balls, and making key defensive plays. The Archies gained an 11-0 lead, and it looked like the No. 1 team would fall.
“We had to make adjustments. They were on fire in the first half, they were hitting a lot of outside shots that we didn’t see yesterday [from Archbishop Williams in its semifinal game],” Reading coach Kim Penney said.
Trailing by 12 at halftime, the Rockets (19-0) battled back in the third quarter to tie the game at 53.
“These kids have been here and done that,” Penney said. “They don’t give up. We don’t look at that scoreboard, we just tell them to get a stop and try to get a score.”
Sandwich 84, Dennis-Yarmouth 28 — Erin Gendreau scored a career-high 41 points to lead the Blue Knights to victory. The win clinched a share of the Atlantic Coast League title and a spot in the Division 2 South tournament. Sandwich, which started the season 0-7, has won 10 of its last 11 games.
North Andover 45, Stoneham 33 — Senior Morgan Lumb scored her 1,000th career point to highlight the win for the Knights (12-8).
Somerville 63, Woburn 41 — Indira Evora scored 29 points for the Highlanders (13-6).
Pentucket 59, Central Catholic 49 — Kelsi McNamara had 23 points and Nicole Viselli recorded her 1,000th career point for the Sachems.
Lynn English 54, Lexington 34 — Deidra Newson posted 16 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 steals for the ninth-ranked Bulldogs (20-2).
Duxbury 47, Scituate 42 — Seniors Kate Norton and Michela North each scored 16 points for the No. 17 Green Dragons.
BC High 55, Brighton 51 — The fifth-ranked Eagles (16-3) won the Comcast Tournament behind strong games from Jameilon Jones (18 points) and Pete Simmons (15 points).
Newton North 58, Danvers 42 — Tommy Mobley scored a game-high 27 points for the No. 12 Tigers (18-3) as third-ranked Danvers (18-2) fell for the second day in a row.
Lynn English 75, St. John’s Prep 73 — With 1.5 seconds left, Frank Hogan (18 points) hit a 10-foot leaner to give the Bulldogs (15-5) a win over No. 1 St. John’s Prep (18-2) in the IAABO Board 130 Classic. Steve Collins was named tournament MVP after scoring 29 points in the victory.
Marshfield 67, Barnstable 55 — The Rams snapped the Red Raiders’ 12-game win streak behind double-doubles from two seniors. Matt Wheeler put up 16 points and 11 rebounds and Alex White chipped in 15 points and 11 assists.
Scituate 62, Plymouth North 59 — Junior guard Noma Okundaye had a double-double (14 points, 13 rebounds) and senior guard David Cox added 14 points for the Sailors in the Whitman-Hanson Holiday Classic.
Malden Catholic 60, Chelmsford 50 — Kyle Sangster was the leading scorer for the Lancers (10-9) with 28 points, including six 3-pointers.
Peabody 5, Beverly 3 — The host Tanners (6-11-2) handed previously unbeaten Beverly (15-1-1) its first loss, scoring three third-period goals in the Carlin Memorial Cup. Junior forward Mike Vadala scored one goal with two assists for the Tanners.
Austin Prep 3, BC High 2 — Nolan Vesey scored twice, including the winner in the third period to boost the fifth-ranked Cougars (11-1-5) over No. 3 BC High (12-3-3).
Hingham 1, Duxbury 1 — The No. 13 Green Dragons (14-2-5) tied the game with 23 seconds left when James Marcello scored off a cross-ice feed from Trevor O'Brien. Duxbury won the ensuing shootout on a goal by Luke Stevens.
Catholic Memorial 2, Central Catholic 0 — Freshman goaltender Brandon Collett led the Knights (10-6-2) to their second straight win with a 19-save shutout.
Dennis-Yarmouth 4, Plymouth South 3 — Sophomore Tyler Baker scored a hat trick for the Dolphins.
North Attleboro 8, King Philip 0 — Seniors Timmy Joyce (three goals, two assists) and Ryan Burns (one goal, three assists) powered the attack for the Red Rocketeers.
Medford 7, Chelmsford 2 — Junior Marissa Williams scored a hat trick for the Mustangs.
Westford 3, Boston Latin 1 — Lindsay MacDonald scored a pair of goals for the Grey Ghosts (14-3-1).