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Braintree girls, Cardinal Spellman boys savor state basketball titles

Cardinal Spellman players raise their fingers to show they are No. 1 after winning the Division 3 boys’ state final.
Cardinal Spellman players raise their fingers to show they are No. 1 after winning the Division 3 boys’ state final.Photos by Robert E. Klein for The Boston Globe

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At 7:35 p.m., minutes after the Division 1 girls’ basketball state final last Saturday night, Braintree High sophomore Bridget Herlihy was fiddling with the championship medal.

She looked at the medal, flipped it over, and looked at it again.

“It feels so weird,” said Herlihy, who delivered 14 points and 10 rebounds in the Wamps’ title-clinching 57-46 win over Westford Academy at the DCU Center in Worcester. “It doesn’t feel right.”

Herlihy kept the medallion around neck for her team’s joyous bus ride back home, which culminated in a mini-parade through South Braintree Square. When she finally went to sleep, she put the medal on a nearby shelf so she would see it again the following morning.

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