The motto for the Notre Dame of Hingham girls’ basketball team this season has been to be physical. That tough work and endurance led the Cougars (6-3) to a 50-45 win over No. 8 Andover Thursday in Hingham.
Andover led the entire game and seemed to be cruising to another victory, but in the last few minutes Notre Dame took control. After a Golden Warriors’ turnover, Cougars senior McKenna Cudgma hit a crucial shot with about two minutes left to put Notre Dame up by a point.
Notre Dame, now in the lead, relied on its tough defense to overcome Andover’s dominant perimeter shooting and secure the win.
“It was a nice win, we need that,’’ said Notre Dame coach Michael Barrett. “We’ve been injured and sick and we’re just getting back into it.’’
Because of the injuries, the Cougars have had many players filling in different positional roles, but against Andover, they got key contributions from all. Senior Colleen McClelland finished with 12 points and 16 rebounds while freshman Kendra Delahunt added 12 points and eight rebounds.
“Despite not being healthy, the one thing these kids are doing is playing great defense and being in shape,’’ Barrett explained. “They do drills every day like running stairs and ballhandling. We know it is eventually going to pay off. Today it did.’’
Boston English 75, Burke 41 — Trayana Mair scored 30 points and senior point guard Ashley Louis-Jean had 27 points, 11 assists, and 9 steals for the Blue and Blue.
Norwell 46, Hull 38 — Senior center Brenna Diggins had 17 points and 12 rebounds to power the Clippers (6-3).
Norwell 70, Hull 44 — Senior guard Peter Marchetti poured in 28 points, including eight 3-pointers, to lift the Clippers (6-3).
North Reading 6, Pentucket 4 — Junior center Thomas Day’s hat trick powered the Hornets.
Shawsheen 4, Cambridge 2 — Senior forward Norman Gaffey’s two goals led the Rams (4-4).
Duxbury 5, Notre Dame (Hingham) 1 — Hannah Murphy scored two goals and had an assist to lead the top-ranked Green Dragons.
Westford 3, Lincoln-Sudbury 1 — The No. 13 Grey Ghosts (7-0) scored two goals in the last three minutes against the 17th-ranked Warriors (6-2) to continue their undefeated start to the season.