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Tewksbury Claims MVC Div. 2 Crown

February 9, 2019

The Tewksbury High girls basketball team clinched the Merrimack Valley Conference Division 2 championship on Friday night with a 64-54 win over Haverhill.

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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.

Tewksbury 64

Haverhill 54

Alli Wild chipped in 9 points for Tewksbury, which trailed 30-26 at the half.

Westford Academy 56

Cambridge 55

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.

Tyngsboro 71

Gardner 25

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.

Groton-Dunstable 47

Westboro 38

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

Pelham 33

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

Chelsea 30

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.

Oakmont 46

Littleton 23

Rachel Klock and Maddy O’Meara each had 5 points for Littleton (6-11).

Billerica 38

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.

Matignon 51

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.

Chelmsford 53

Dracut 30

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

Lunenburg 46

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).

Shawsheen 74

Whittier 23

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).

Wilmington 53

Stoneham 48

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.

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