Put the Ipswich girls basketball team against a wall and the Tigers will push back with surprising force.
Lynnfield learned this lesson the hard way last night as Ipswich stunned the Pioneers 47-44 in overtime. Now, the Tigers need just one win with two games left to qualify for the post season.
“They beat us earlier in the season by 19 points and that was the biggest loss of our season,” said Ipswich (8-8) head coach Doug Woodworth. “So to come back and win knowing we’re on the edge of trying to make the tournament, the girls are excited. We just executed defensively.”
Ipswich trailed by four points with a minute and a half to go but got some big defensive stops and were able to tie the game and send it to overtime. Nikki Pignone (10 points) and Bridgett Curran (15 points) were able to turn the table in Ipswich’s favor. Pignone had four points in overtime and Curran added three points in the extra period.
North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie 46, Minuteman 37: Sophomore Erin Creane (13 points) and junior Katlyn Guerin (17 points) helped NST/EA (10-9) earn a share of the Commonwealth Athletic Conference Small crown and qualify for the state tournament.
Winthrop 61, Swampscott 36: The Big Blue (5-12) couldn’t pull out a win on senior night but did give a valiant effort for the team’s lone senior Jacquie Walsh, who contributed 10 points.
Peabody 66, Beverly 55: Senior Carolyn Scacchi had her second straight 20-point outing with 24 points, eight rebounds, three steals, two blocks and four assists as the Tanners improved to 13-4 on the season. Sara Hosman scored 12 points, Courtney Bua chipped in eight and Olivia Summitt grabbed seven rebounds along with six points. Beverly (7-10) got a 14 point outburst from Michaela Woodward and Emily Mellinger scored 10.
Bishop Fenwick 51, Medford 28: Colleen Corcoran had 12 rebounds and 12 points for the Crusaders (10-8) while Kate Lipka (11 points) and Gianna Pizzano (10 points) had four steals each.
Danvers 37, Marblehead 36: Emily McNulty hit the front end of a one-and-one to put the Falcons (11-9) ahead in the final minute of a back-and-forth game in which neither team led by more than one possession. McNulty totaled 13 points and six rebounds while Danvers’ Ashley Arnoldy had 12 points and 10 boards. Mia Bongiorno had 12 for the Magicians, who dipped to 10-8.
Masconomet 65, North Reading 53: Hannah Kiernan scored 17 points to go with five assists and four steals and Nicole Femino (15) and Meg Collins (13) also scored in double-figures as Masco (18-0 overall) finished the Cape Ann League schedule perfect at 17-0. Amy Fogarty give Masco a spark off the bench with eight points and three assists while Lexi Nason grabbed 10 rebounds. Femino had eight boards and four steals and Collins dished out seven assists.
Beverly Takes Fifth: The Panthers placed in seven events and finished with 35 points which was good for fifth place in the Division 2 state meet. The 4x800 relay team of Caitlin Harty, Nicole Demars, Julianna Wesley and Abby Walsh (9:47) took second overall while Kristen O’Connor was fifth in the hurdles (8.88) and seventh in the high jump (5-0). Harty was fourth in the 600 (1:36.9), Walsh was fourth in the mile (5:15), Wesley was fifth in the mile (5:16), Jessica Goodall was fourth in the 1000 (3-0-7), and Demars was eighth in the two mile (11:47).
Also in Division 2, Salem’s Deema Hijleh was fifth in the dash.
DANVERS 5, ACTON-BOXBORO 2: Senior captains Jay Calcagno (2 goals), Kevin Hodgkins (2 goals) and Matt Flynn (goal) combined for eight points as the Falcons (8-9-1) kept their playoff hopes alive. Danvers spotted the hosts a 2-0 lead after one period before the first line got going. Alex Taylor stopped 24 shots in goal while defensemen Alec Littlefield, Ryan Cassidy and Stephen Ganley all had assists.
Swampscott 79, Winthrop 46: Sophomore Joey Ragusa finished with 18 points, six assists and three steals for Swampscott (4-13) which qualified for the Division 3 state tournament under the Sullivan Rule. The Big Blue are 3-2 against teams in their division or lower and since 70-percent of the Northeastern Conference are higher than Division 3 Swampscott qualifies. Freshman Andre Reeves scored 17 of his 18 points in the second half as the Big Blue went on a 27-0 run to blow the game open.
Minuteman 72, North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie 47: The Bulldogs (5-14) had a tough time scoring in the second half to keep up with CAL Small champion Minuteman. Trace Schaejbe had a team high 12 points while Mike Mitchell scored ten. Riley Anderson grabbed 11 rebounds and Danny Ramirez collected 10 with his eight points.
Beverly 65, Peabody 60: Beverly (13-7) secured its fifth win in a row thanks to big games from Jonangel Franco (13 points) and Josh Cairns (14 points) while Nick Cross contributed a team-high 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Peabody (7-12) was led by Matt Correale (10 points) and Brendan Morrison, who contributed eight points and a career high nine rebounds.
Masconomet 54, North Reading 41: Jalen Aho (17 points) and Jake Rudolph (15 points) were the top scorers as the Chieftains improved to 11-7.
Hamilton-Wenham 81, Saugus 33: Sue Rose had an outstanding game for H-W (14-4) dishing out 11 assists and grabbing seven steals to go with her six points. Katherine Ecker (10 rebounds and 10 points), Sam Charette (13 points, 10 rebounds and five assists) and Haley Willis (15 points) also were on top of their games as the Generals had nine different girls connect from downtown.
Hamilton-Wenham 53, Saugus 47: The Generals (16-2) actually trailed by five after the third quarter but outscored Saugus 17-6 in the fourth after making a commitment on the defensive end. Jimmy Campbell (13 rebounds, four steals and three assists) and Henry Eagar (19 points and seven defensive rebounds) were big down the stretch while Marcus Zegarowski finished with 17 points.
Danvers 61, Mabrlehead 40: The Falcons improved to 16-2 led by Mark McCarthy who hit six three-pointers and had 18 points and five assists. Kieran Beck (14 points, seven rebounds and four assists), Devan Harris (15 points, eight rebounds), Peter Merry (four points, five blocks and nine rebounds), Rishad Francois (six points) and Devon Allen (two points, three rebounds and four assists) were the other top Danvers players.
Locals excel in D2 state meet: At the Division 2 Eastern Mass meet at the Reggie Lewis Center, Masconomet’s 4x400 relay was fourth (3:31.92), Harry Kent was sixth in the 2-mile (9:47) and Dan Raphael was sixth in the 600 (1:24.89) and Nolan Rice was fifth in the high jump, clearing 6-feet. Salem’s Jerry Canada placed third in the 55-meter hurdles (8.01) and Jon Crimble was third in the long jump (20-9 1/2).
Tewksbury/Methuen 9, Marblehead 2: Senior captain Brittany Smith’s second period goal pushed her over 100 points for her three-year varsity career, but the Lady Headers (6-9-3) had a tough time otherwise on the road. Sydney Cresta also scored while Brooke Keough, Amanda Monahan and Emmarose Winder had assists.