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.