Here are some tidbits to consider in girls' basketball this week as the tournament continues:
1. It's a new season -- No.12 Central Catholic entered this season at No.3 on the Top 20 poll, however, the Raiders continued to slide throughout the season. Many refer to the postseason as a new season, a fresh start. The Raiders got off to a good start to their 'new season' with a 71-44 victory over Woburn behind senior guard Casey McGlaughlin's 34 points, 16 rebounds, and six steals on Tuesday.
2. Fenway has something to prove -- After Fenway was denied a chance to defend their Boston City championship title due to MIAA violations, I'm sure John Rice's squad is entering the tournament with a lot of motivation to defend their Division 4 state title. The Panthers, who are this year's favorites to win the D-4 title are led by senior standout Tajanay Veiga-Lee. Veiga-Lee surpassed the 2,000-point scoring mark after a 14-point, 10-rebound performance on Tuesday against Notre Dame (Lawrence).
3. Who will win the Division 1 South? -- Is No.3 Braintree the favorites to hoist the Division 1 South title? Before the season they were. The Wamps recovered from two losses this season, one by the No. 9 Newton North Tigers, who are on a 19-game winning streak. Barnstable and junior Molly Bent may have the best chance of bouncing the Wamps from the tournament. Newton North and and Braintree split their two regular season games and both teams have been on hot streaks. So don't be surprised if Braintree and Newton North play rubber match game in the finals.
4. Mixed back in Division 2 South -- The Division 2 South bracket might hold the most unpredictable and intriguing matchups in the tournament. The road to the finals will be very difficult for No.4 Medfield and No.6 Oliver Ames, the latter of which will try to make a push behind by Caitlyn Abela. Bishop Feehan, a team that has proven its not afraid to go head-to-head against ranked opponents, will be a tough matchup for anyone in the tournament. A few of the top high school girls' basketball players, including Duxbury's center Michaela North, Scituate's Kelly Martin and Fontbonne's Jen Gemma will all battle to give their team a chance to win.
5. Watch out for the Archies -- A team who has been there and lost is a team that should be feared. No. 2 Archbishop Williams entered this season with a bad taste in their mouth from last year's three-point loss to Fairhaven in the Division 3 South title game at UMass Boston. This season the Archies have established themselves as one of the top teams in the state. Behind senior guard Sara Ryan, the Archies are the favorites to win the D-3 South and I'm sure last year's defeat gives the Archies much motivation to win.
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- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls hockey
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