A minor adjustment made a major difference for the Salem boys basketball team in the Woburn Tournament championship game.
Witches’ coach Tommy Doyle elected to switch into a zone defense for the second half and that move helped turn a three-point halftime deficit into a lopsided 69-47 win.
Christian Dunston was named tournament MVP after collecting 26 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals in the title-clincher. Billy Muse, who hit four threes in the first quarter and finished with 19 points, and Marvin Baez (6 points, 5 steals) were also named to the all-tournament team.
“We went to a zone to offset the size difference,” Doyle said. “They were quick going to the basket and we had to stop their penetration and double down on their size. We shut them down a little bit.”
Salem, which moved to 16-5, will conclude its season on Thursday at Everett.
Newton North 58, Danvers 42: Nick McKenna scored 16 points and was named to the IAABO Board 27 Comcast Classic All-Tournament Team, but the Falcons dropped their second straight game to end the regular season. The Falcons finished 18-2.
Arlington 61, Bishop Fenwick 38: Joe Buccheri scored 14 points and added four steals and Matt Costello contributed eight points and seven rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as the Crusaders slipped to 6-13.
Salem 55, Everett 48: Sophomore Jaclyn Panneton had a monster game with 19 points and 19 rebounds as the Witches (9-10) kept their postseason hopes alive. They must now win at Malden tomorrow (2 p.m.) to qualify for the state tournament; a loss will end their season.
Freshman Brianna Rodriguez added 15 points in the win for Salem while sophomore Arianna Gaffney chipped in with 13. In addition, sophomore Hannah Van de Stadt corralled nine rebounds in her first varsity start.
Hamilton-Wenham 48, North Reading 34: Haley Willis scored 15 points and added five steals as the Generals improved to 12-5. Cassandra Fibbe pitched in with 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists while Sue Rose scored six points and dished out 10 assists.
Masconomet 65, Revere 41: The Chieftains (15-5) finished out their regular season with a victory over the Patriots in yesterday’s Spartan Classic consolation game. Hannah Kiernan recorded a team-high 16 points to go along with seven rebounds, seven assists and three steals. Meghan Collins, who was named to the all-tourney team, had 12 points, five assists and two steals. Collins played tremendous defense, holding Revere’s top player to just six points. Nicole Femino (11 points) and Claudia Marsh (12 points) also had strong offensive games for Masco.
Peabody 51, Chelmsford 37: Sophomore forward Courtney Bua scored 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Tanners to a win in the consolation of the Woburn Tournament. Bua was named to the all-tournament team. Olivia Summit (12 points, 5 rebounds), Amanda Mathews (11 points, 8 rebounds), Carolyn Scacchi (8 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, 3 blocks) and Alex Lomasney (7 points, 8 rebounds) also had solid games for Peabody, which finishes the regular season 16-4.
Marblehead 4, Amesbury 1: Captains Ian Maag and Tom Koopman both finished with a goal and two assists as Marblehead (16-4) scored three times in the third period to snap a 1-1 tie and advance to the Gulazian Division finals at the 18th annual Newburyport Bank Classic Tournament. Seniors Trip Franzese and Ty Bates also scored for the Headers, who used their size to wear down the smaller Indians over the final 15 minutes of play. Some excellent play by goaltender Harrison Young (21 saves), particularly the dozen stops he made in the second stanza, made the win stand up.
Masconomet 3, Westford Academy 3: Three times the Chieftains (8-8-2) took a one-goal lead, only to see the host Grey Ghosts come back to tie it up. Edison Forbes, Tyler Costello and Trevor Surette had the goals while Matt Cardillo stopped 19 shots for Masconomet, which needs two out of a possible four points in its final two games to advance to the Division 2 North playoffs.
Marblehead 10, Peabody 3: Brittany Smith scored two goals and assisted on two others as Marblehead (9-10-1) scored five times in the first period and built its lead up to 9-0 after two frames. Thirteen different skaters factored into the scoring for the Lady Headers as both Olivia Fusegni and Rachel McKay contributed a pair of goals and an assist.
Burlington 4, Masconomet 0: Senior goalie Alex Jones had 30 saves, but it wasn’t enough as the Chieftains fall to 11-4-2.