The Masconomet and Bishop Fenwick girls basketball teams each picked up wins in the first round of the Masconomet Holiday Tournament to set up an all-local final.
Masco controlled its game with Beverly from the beginning and emerged with a 49-27 victory while the Crusaders edged Wilmington, 33-28, in the early game.
Fenwick and Masco will meet Saturday night (7 p.m.) in the final, with Beverly and Wilmington playing before.
”Masco and us are very similar. They hit more shots than us tonight,” Fenwick coach Adam DeBaggis said. “It’s going to be tough because they pressure a lot and we do too. It’s either going to be very high scoring or low scoring. Williams was our first game and Masco will probably be the second toughest team we’ve faced this year.”
Fenwick’s win was its fifth straight after dropping the opener to Archbishop Williams. Kate Lipka scored 11 points and added eight rebounds and two steals for the Crusaders last night. Rose Fantozzi also played an all-around game for Fenwick (5-1).
Junior guard Nicole Femino paced the Chieftains with 17 points, six rebounds, and six steals. Hannah Kiernan also added 12 points for Masco (3-1).
Danvers 37, Malden 28: The Falcons advanced to the final of the Malden Christmas Tournament with this victory and will play Swampscott today (5:30). Emily McNulty scored 13 points and Ashley Arnoldy added 10 to help Danvers (3-1) find offense with Malden loaded up to stop senior guard Kasey Sherry. Sherry finished with five points for the Falcons.
Ipswich 61, Manchester Essex 31: The Tigers (3-0) jumped out to a 31-15 at halftime and continue to dominate in last night’s Institute for Savings Holiday Tournament. Julia Davis had a game-high 18 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks. Sophomore point guard Masey Zegarowski finished with 14 points, seven assists and seven steals, while Brigid O’Flynn (12 points) and Caroline Soucy (11) also contributed to the win.