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Monty Tech Advances to Central Mass. Semifinals

March 3, 2019

FITCHBURG -- Monty Tech girls’ basketball coach Scott Malboeuf didn’t think Douglas could guard Emily St. Thomas -- and was he ever right.

St. Thomas (24 points, 9 rebounds, 3 steals, 6 assists) spent the entire game turning defense into offense and slashing through the paint to lead the top-seeded Bulldogs to a comfortable 62-35 win over the No. 8 Tigers in Saturday night’s Central Mass. Division 4 quarterfinal matchup at Monty Tech.

“Emily has played fantastic for me for four years, and she put on a clinic tonight,” Malboeuf said.

Even in a closely contested first quarter that finished with the Bulldogs leading 11-9, St. Thomas played like she was coasting through a blowout, with two scores off turnovers, one of which included an ankle-breaking Euro step for an and-one.

The few times that Douglas managed to deny St. Thomas only turned into opportunities for the rest of the Bulldogs, including Erica Regan (10 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals) and Ari Saladini (11 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks, 2 steals).

Melina Schilling (12 points, 4 rebounds) was the only player to reach double digits in scoring for the Tigers (14-8).

The Bulldogs (19-3) advance to face No. 4 Blackstone Valley Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Clark University in Worcester. The Beavers defeated No. 12 Academy of Notre Dame, 55-21, in their quarterfinal clash on Saturday.