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.
Ipswich 45, West Bridgewater 38: Matt Jaeger scored a season-high 16 points and made some clutch plays down the stretch to help the Tigers (1-3) win their first game of the season. Erik Fyrer also scored 12 points before fouling out with just over a minute to play.
Danvers 71, Billerica 42: The Falcons started fast, outscoring Billerica 21-2 in the first quarter, and pulled away in the second half to move to 4-0. Nick McKenna scored 19 points and Nick Bates added 19 points and 12 rebounds. Senior point guard Eric Martin contributed 11 points, seven assists, and six steals.
Peabody 61, North Shore Tech 43: The Tanners got great balance while recording their first win of the season. Ben Martinez had 15 points and seven rebounds, Steve Leavitt scored 12 points, grabbed five boards, and came up with six steals, and Matt Correale added 14 points. Sophomores Mike Raymond, Bobby Sullivan, and David Hoar got called up from the junior varsity team and combined for 11 points and 13 rebounds for Peabody (1-4).
Jordan Mendez scored all 17 of his points in the first half for North Shore Tech (0-5).
Beverly 81, Masconomet 58: Junior Nick Cross scored 13 points and pulled down six rebounds to lead a balanced Beverly attack in their holiday tournament. Josh Cairns (12), Cam Rogers (12), and Chris Sinclair (11) also hit double figures for the Panthers, who will take on Boston Latin in the final tonight (7:30 p.m.).
Freshmen Sam Traicoff and Ryan Coughlin recorded their first varsity points for Beverly.
Marblehead 50, Bedford 48: The Magicians move to 2-2 as Alex Conn led all scorers with 11 points to go along with seven rebounds. Matt Millet added 10 points and fives assists, while sophomore Angel Perez finished with 12 rebounds.
Bishop Fenwick 4, Lynnfield 0: Pat O’Leary had a 12 save shutout as Fenwick (2-5) snapped a five game skid in the Kasabuski Christmas Tournament. Nick Finan had two goals and an assist, including the game winner, for the Crusaders while Mike Napolitano also scored with one assist and Drew Thibodeau had a goal and two helpers. P.J. Usalis also had two assists.
Wakefield 6, Danvers 3: Danvers scored three first-period goals but was held scoreless the rest of the way and suffered its first loss of the season. A.J. Couto scored two goals and added an assist for Danvers (4-1-1) while Joe Strangie had one goal and one assist.
Peabody 6, Newton North 1: After being held scoreless in their first two games, the Tanners erupted for six goals and a victory. Derek Demild had three goals and one assist for Peabody while linemates Mike Vadala (1-2) and Matt McIsaac (0-3) also had big games.
Reed Foster and Anthony Hartnett also scored for the Tanners, and Cam Smullen and Chris Minter played well.
Swampscott 8, St. Joseph’s Prep 0: Corey Carmody and Trevor Massey each had two goals and one assist, and Griffin Hunt added a pair of goals as the Big Blue advanced to the final of the Deep Freeze Tournament in East Boston. Swampscott (3-1) will play East Boston in the final tonight (8 p.m.).
Ryan Cresta had three assist for Swampscott while Chris Carmen, Robert Serino, and Joe Silva also scored goals.
Lynn 6, Salem 1: Sam Petri scored the lone goal for Salem, which slipped to 1-2-2. Adam Ngo played well on the penalty kill for the Witches.