Archbishop Williams entered this season with only two seniors on the team's roster, but Jim Bancroft's young group got the job done after a 60-33 victory over Lee in the Division 3 state finals. The Archies’ impressive 23-5 campaign, that saw only one in-state loss, earns them the top spot in the final Globe girls' basketball Top 20.
Why does a Division 3 team finish on top of the poll?
The Archies dominated not only the season, but the tournament as well. Archbishop Williams defeated teams by 18.5 during its title run and bounced the defending Div. 3 champions, No. 6 Pentucket, in impressive fashion. With four out of five starters back next season, the Archies won’t even be considered lower tier going forward, moving up to Div. 1 next year.
No. 2 Central Catholic slipped under the radar entering the tournament, but after getting revenge against Andover in the Div. 1 North final, who has dominated the Division 1 and Merrimack Valley Conference the past three seasons, the Raiders went on to win their first title since 2009 behind a notable performance by Casey McLaughlin (27 points).
Braintree finishes No. 4 in the Globe Top 20 after falling to Central Catholic in the Division 1 EMass final. Medfield’s historic season, which saw the Warriors win their first state title in school history, has them finishing at the No. 3 spot.
No. 17 Fenway enters the poll for the first time this season after defeating Greater New Bedford, 56-47, in the Div. 4 EMass final to become back-to-back champions.
Westford shoots up to No. 7 after a deep run in the playoffs, while Abington drops seven spots down to No.12, followed by No.13 Oliver Ames.
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Then there are our fall correspondents:
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- 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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