Lowell — St. Mary's girls basketball team held off a rally by Stoneham to win the Division 3 North section title 65-53 at the Tsongas Center in Lowell.
Everything was going St. Mary's way in the first quarter as seven different players contributed offensively. Hot shooting and tough rebounding boosted St. Mary's lead to 19-6 after one.
But the second quarter was wholly different. Stoneham stepped up its game, with Vanessa Bramante hitting two 3-pointers to go along with her 10 points for the quarter. She finished with 16 on the game. The sudden burst from Stoneham offensively came just after going down by 20 points with just over three minutes left in the half. In those final three minutes, Stoneham scored a quick 15 points to go into the half down nine, 37-28.
"This was the most uncomfortable game I think I've coached all season," said St.Mary's coach Jeff Newhall. "Even in the fourth quarter up 19. I give credit to Stoneham. They just kept coming."
St. Mary's buckled down in the second half, outscoring Stoneham 28-25 to hold on for the win. Kirsten Ferrari led St. Mary's with 16 points, nailing three 3-pointers of her own. Cassi Amenta chipped in 15 points for St. Mary's.
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