Boosted by a huge run in the first half, host Melrose withstood a late New Mission charge in the second to advance to the Division 2 North semifinals with a 69-65 win Saturday night in Melrose.

Senior forward Sam Jean-Gilles sparked the 26-0 run with two minutes left in the first quarter with back-to-back baskets after leaving the game earlier with a wrist injury.

The senior guard ended the game with a team-leading 21 points.

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His cocaptain, junior Frantzdy Pierrot added 15 .

Despite being down, 30-13, at the half, New Mission coach Cory McCarthy’s resilient squad would not go away easy.

Behind a strong effort by sophomore guard Juwan Gooding (18 points), the Titans rallied in the third quarter to cut the lead to 39-35 with two minutes left in the quarter.

“That team has so much character,” Melrose coach Mike Kasprzak said. “They have so much heart.”

Melrose will face Brighton in the semifinals Tuesday.

Division 2 North

Wakefield 64, Lynn Classical 63 — Chris Calnan scored on a tip-in with 1.6 seconds to play to lift the host Warriors.

Division 3 North

North Reading 57, Watertown 40 — Senior forward John Mastascusa led the Hornets with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 blocks. Senior Tom Hogan added 17 points.

Division 1 South

North Quincy 56, Braintree 42 — The Red Raiders were led by the backcourt duo of twin brothers Pat and Dan Gould. The seniors combined for 40 of the Red Raiders’ 56 points, with Dan scoring 28.

Division 2 South

Wellesley 67, Somerset Berkley 50 — The duo of Matt Lawrence (22 points) and Aidan James (18) lifted the Raiders.

Girls’ basketball

Division 1 North

Billerica 64, Masconomet 42 — The Indians were led by a combined 23 points from senior center Joslyn King and senior forward Danielle Nickerson.

Division 3 North

Pentucket 55, Bishop Fenwick 29 — The Sachems’ Coley Viselli had game highs with 13 points and seven rebounds. Kelsi McNamara pitched in 10 points and six steals.

Division 2 South

Duxbury 50, Fontbonne 45 — Kate Norton led the Green Dragons with 20 points, and Michela North added 19.

Division 3 South

Archbishop Williams 74, Bourne 45 — Senior Sarah Ryan scored her 1,000th career point early in the second half. Ryan finished with 19 points. Sophomore Alana Gilmore scored 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the Bishops advanced to the semifinals.

Division 4 South

West Bridgewater 42, Pope John Paul II 21 — Wildcats senior forward Brittany Stone outscored the Lions on her own, netting 23 points as West Bridgewater advanced to the semifinals.

Boys’ hockey

Division 3 North

Bedford 2, Lowell 1 — The Bucs (11-8-3) won in the seventh round of a shootout and advanced to the semifinals with a win over the top seed. Sophomore Ethan Miller scored the winning goal in the shootout and netted the lone Bedford regulation goal. Goaltender Abe Grainger stopped four of the seven Lowell shootout bids.

Division 2 South

Canton 3, North Attleboro 1 — Brian Brooks scored two goals for the Bulldogs.

Franklin 4, Martha’s Vineyard 3 — Aiden Isberg scored 1:03 into overtime to lift the Panthers.

Division 3 South

Medway 1, Dover-Sherborn 0 — A second-period power-play goal was the difference in this matchup of Tri-Valley League rivals.

Girls’ hockey

Division 1 state

Woburn 4, Andover 2 — Emily Lissner had two goals and an assist for the No. 1 Tanners.

Austin Prep 2, Masconomet 1— The Cougars advanced to the quarterfinal after winning in a shootout. Sophomore Molly Sullivan scored the only Cougars’ goal in regulation, assisted by sophomore Maddy Ricci, who went on to score the winning goal in the shootout. Cougars goaltender Shannon O'Neil made 40 saves.

Beverly 8, Medford 1 — Junior Nicole Woods tallied a hat trick for the host Panthers.

Division 2 State

Falmouth 6, Norwood 3Falmouth jumped out a 3-0 in advancing to the semifinals. Emily Sanidas, Amy Wilson, Kelly Ferriera, and Rachel Moore all scored for the Clippers.

NEPSAC Division 1

Nobles 8, St. Paul’s 0 — Lexie Laing recorded a hat trick and Becky Gilmore and Courtney Pensavalle each scored twice to lead Nobles.

Choate 3, Cushing 0 — Phoebe Staenz scored twice and Teagan Blackwell added one goal as Choate moved into the Division 1 final.