With the playoffs around the corner, it appears Wachusett Regional's sixth-ranked girls' basketball team is peaking at the right time. The Mountaineers looked primed for the post-season Thursday night, playing hard-nosed defense from start to finish to support junior Maty Diabate's game-high 16 points in gaining a 46-39 home win over top-ranked Holy Name. The setback snapped the Naps' 17-game winning streak, which included an 18-point home victory over Wachusett in early December. Holy Name has not lost since last year's State Division 1 final at the DCU Center in March. The Mountaineers, winners of five straight, improved to 12-6. "In the first half, we didn't run our offense and we missed a lot shots. But they didn't run away with it and we were down by one at halftime," Diabate said. "We stuck with it and played good defense, and then we kept our composure at the end. I'm proud of the way we did it, especially coming against a really good team like Holy Name. We all believed in ourselves in this game. It's an exciting win, but now we move on." Holy Name, plagued throughout by poor shooting, was led by senior center Brianna Frias and senior forward Ama Biney. Both girls finished with 10 points. Junior guard Gigi Guenther came off the bench to score nine points. "We didn't shoot the ball very well - we're averaging 65 points and we only scored 39," Holy Name coach Barry Finneron said. "But part of it was their defense. They played great defense and they had great help on the back side, taking away a lot of cuts."
Wachusett 46, Holy Name 39
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at Holden
Updated: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, 10:38 p.m.