Tewksbury Claims MVC Div. 2 Crown
The Tewksbury High girls basketball team clinched the Merrimack Valley Conference Division 2 championship on Friday night with a 64-54 win over Haverhill.
Tewksbury improved to 15-3 and received 24 points from senior captain Erin Gallella, while her twin sister Lizzie added 21 points.
Elsewhere, Westford Academy survived in an overtime thriller.
Alli Wild chipped in 9 points for Tewksbury, which trailed 30-26 at the half.
Westford Academy 56
Westford’s Brooke Pillsbury knocked down the first free throw with two seconds remaining in overtime and her teammate Morgan Rose rebounded her miss on the second to secure a dramatic win. Pillsbury finished with 22 points and 17 rebounds.
The hero of regulation for WA (11-4) was Carolyn Graham, who buried a 3-pointer with one second remaining to send the game to OT. She also made a big one in overtime and finished with 15 points. Cambridge led 29-20 at the half.
Everyone in uniform saw game action for Tyngsboro (13-4).
Brynn Goulet led a balanced attack with 14 points. Halle Bangura had 12 points and Sam Fagundes added 11 points for the Tigers. Becca Lyons and Katie Hurynowicz each scored 8 points.
Abby Eisenklam had 14 points to lead the Crusaders (12-4) to the win. Hannah Wynn had 12 points for G-D. Emma Wilson scored 5 points.
John Stark 55
Olivia Gagnon had a team-high 14 points for Pelham, which trailed 45-21 at the half.
Jordan Galgay, McKenna Williams and Natalia Villanueva each had 4 points for the Pythons.
Notre Dame 37
Natalie Kelleher poured in 18 points and NDA (10-8) qualified for the state tournament.
Jackie DeNisco had 9 points for the Lancers and provided excellent defense.
Rachel Klock and Maddy O’Meara each had 5 points for Littleton (6-11).
North Andover 21
Billerica jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead, as Madison Watford (17 points) hit 3 3-pointers to start the game. Billerica led 14-2 after one quarter and 21-9 at the half.
Madison Bonvie had 8 points for Billerica, while Haley Reinold had 7 points.
Lowell Catholic 40
The Crusaders cut a 20-point deficit to eight with two minutes remaining but the visiting Warriors (16-2, 4-2) made clutch free throws down the stretch to take this CCL Small game.
Junior captain Emily Bartlett led LC (3-11, 2-4) with 18 points and Antonia Mukiibi added 8 points and 11 rebounds.
Everyone played and everyone scored for Chelmsford (9-8).
Leading the way was sophomore Meghan Good, who had 24 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals for the Lions. Kate Krueger added 8 points and 10 rebounds in the victory.
North Middlesex 53
Kaitlyn Kleeman and Sara Murphy both scored 12 points for NM in the road win. Erin Bourgeois chipped in with 11 points for the Patriots (6-12).
Becca Smith, Brooke Johnson and Alex DiPerri had huge games for the Rams.
Smith collected 15 points and 4 assists, Johnson was superb with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks, and DiPerri added 10 points, 5 assists and 12 steals for ST (12-5).
The Wildcats trailed by eight (30-22) at halftime, but rallied for the Middlesex League win behind junior guard Jenna Tavanese, who netted 21 points.