Here are some interesting tidbits on the girls' basketball scene for the week.
1. Oliver Ames is streaking -- Ninth-ranked Oliver Ames continues to roll after going 4-0 against its Hockomock league opponents. The Tigers have proven to be the team to beat in the league and a major threat in the Division 2 south. The Tigers (10-0) are one of two remaining unbeaten teams in the Top 20, behind Reading.
2. You gotta see this -- The game to watch this week will be fourth-ranked Medfield at third-ranked Archbishop Williams 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. Medfield enters this game on a hot eight-game winning streak, facing an Archies' (8-3) team whose three losses have all come from out-of-state opponents. This game will be not be close, but Medfield must find away to protect the ball and limit turnovers against Archbishop Williams' halfcourt defense.
3. Outside, looking in -- While Newton North is on the outside of the Boston Globe's Top 20, they made a strong case as to why they should hold a spot on the poll after beating No.1 Braintree on Tuesday. The Wamps got the better of Newton North on Dec.15, but since losing to Braintree earlier in the season, the Tigers have won an impressive 10 straight games.
4. One dynamic duo -- No. 2 Reading's senior guard/forward Olivia Healy, who is averaging 24.5 points per game, and head coach Kim Penney may be the best tandem in the Middlesex League. Despite injuries, the two are leading the No.2 Rockets to another undefeated season. And with Braintree's loss to unranked Newton North, the Rockets may be headed for the top spot in the Globe Top 20 next week.
5. Hot at the right time -- With the February only a week away, Abington picked a great time to go on a hot streak. After a tough loss to Scituate on Dec. 28, Abington has responded by dominating its competition. During the Green Wave's (10-1) five-game winning streak, they are defeating teams by an average margin of 32 points while holding their opponents to an average of 22 points per game.
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- Bob Holmes: A Reading resident (Go Rockets!) and Boston College graduate, Holmes is the Boston Globe High School Sports Editor. We remind you now that his weekly picks are often made in jest so everyone just calm down when he picks against Everett for 11 straight weeks. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeHolmes.
- Craig Larson: A native of West Springfield (Leo Durocher anyone? Tim Daggett?) and Curry College graduate (a proud Colonel!), Larson is the sports editor for the Globe's regional sections: South, West and North, as well as a frequent contributor on the college beat. Abington to Xaverian: it all starts with the schools. Have a compelling story idea? Contact him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeLars.
- Zuri Berry: Berry attended the same high school as sports legends O.J. Simpson and Joe DiMaggio. (Guess which one is his hero.) He's a South Boston resident (formerly of Eastie) and the editor of the High School Sports blog as well as the go-to-guy for everything high school sports on Boston.com. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @GlobeSchools for all of the latest updates.
Then there are our fall correspondents:
- Anthony Gulizia | @gulizia_a | Div. 1 football
- Eric Russo | @erusso22 | Div. 2 football
- Stephen Sellner | @stephen_sellner | Div. 3 football
- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Div. 4 football
- Greg Joyce | @GJoyce9 | Div. 5 football
- Lorenzo Recupero | @LorenzoRecupero | Div. 6 football
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls volleyball
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