Three years ago, Pentucket and Archbishop Williams met at this very location and Pentucket defeated the Archies.
This year, it was a different result.
Second-ranked Archbishop Williams exacted some revenge on the defending Division 3 EMass champions after defeating Pentucket, 52-38, on Monday at TD Garden to take the EMass title.
Archbishop Williams will now move on to the Division 3 state championship Saturday at the DCU Center in Worcester.
Archbishop Williams (22-5) opened the game up with an 8-2 run, but Pentucket (24-2) battled back to take over the lead after Tess Nogueira hit a pair of free throws to put the Sachems up 9-8. The Archies quickly responded with a 10-0 run, capped by a Jaylen Williams lay up at the buzzer to close the first quarter.
Pentucket stormed back in the second quarter and opened up the quarter on a 7-2 run to cut the deficit to four, at 20-16. But the Archies turned up their defensive intensity in the second half to hold Pentucket to just four points in the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Archbishop Williams began to pull away, going ahead 47-36 after Leah Spencer banked a driving floater before the Archies cruised to victory.
Archbishop Williams senior Sara Ryan struggled from the field, and sophomore forward Alana Gilmer took over the scoring load, finishing with a game-high 12 points.
While Ryan is excited for a chance to be able to win at the Garden, she did not forget that her teammates are big part of the reason why she was playing on the parquet floor.
“I’m so proud of them. They work so hard in practice and they really deserve it," Ryan said. "They deserve this so much more than I do.”
Pentucket senior Nicole Viselli went down with an ankle injury with 5:55 remaining in the first quarter but returned late in the second. However, the Cape Ann league MVP was never able to get into a rhythm and was only able to chip in three points.
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