The Salem High girls basketball team needed a late-season run to qualify for the Division 2 North state tournament. The Witches completed their quest last night thanks in large part to the hot shooting of sophomore guard Arianna Gaffney.
Gaffney hit 11 of 19 shots from the floor, including seven three-pointers, and scored a career-high 29 points to lead Salem (10-10) to a 57-27 win over Malden.
It was Salem’s third straight win after being on the outside of the tournament picture with a 7-10 record.
“It was just a great game and (Gaffney) shot it extremely well,” Salem coach John Fortunato said. “She was lights out.”
Jackie Panneton added 12 points and 18 rebounds for the Witches, and Brianna Rodriguez pitched in with 10 points. Freshman Nicole Sadoway dished out six assists.
Bishop Fenwick 58, Georgetown 28: Sam Borrelli had nine steals to lead Fenwick’s wire-to-wire defensive effort. Kate Lipka scored 13 points with two steals, five rebounds and five assists and Gianna Pizzano scored 11. Bridget Corcoran had six rebounds as the Crusaders (14-8 overall, 13-7 for state tournament seedings) wrapped up the regular season.
Berwick 44, Pingree 38: Senior captain Mdolelle Dolo scored 10 points and fellow senior captain Katlyn Oliver scored eight points as the Highlanders dipped to 11-10 on the season. Junior Gabby Muniz chipped in seven points.
Landmark 61, Concord Academy 52: Peabody’s Joe Costigan scored 18 points to lead Landmark to the victory. Hamilton’s Nolan Wilson also hit double figures with 15 points while Peabody’s Johnny Barrett added 12.
Hamilton-Wenham 64, Pentucket 54: Senior guard Nick Fusco had a solid game on Senior Night, scoring 14 points to help the Generals finish the regular season 10-8. James Foye also played well, dropping 19 points for H-W.
Beverly 90, Dracut 45: The Panthers (14-6) wrapped up the regular season with a convincing Senior Night win. Senior Mike Dooling had a career-high nine points and classmates Dom Abate (nine points, seven assists) and Cam Rogers (eight points, eight rebounds) also played well. Freshman Sam Traicoff added seven points off the bench. Jon Berchoff led the early charge with 20 points and six different players knocked down three-pointers for Beverly.
Fenwick shines at USATF New Englands: Fenwick had three athletes place in the Massachusetts Weight Throw Championship yesterday at Reggie Lewis. On the girls’ side, Maggie Lepley took second with a throw of 38-9 1/4 and Carolyn Claveau placed third with a toss of 34-0. Claveau’s throw reached the national qualifier mark.
Patrick Corcoran finished second for the boys, throwing 55-0. Fenwick’s throwers will compete in the New England Weight Throw Championship in Providence, R.I. next Tuesday.
Swampscott 4, West Springfield 1: The Big Blue tied a program record with their 15th win. The only other time Swampscott reached 15 wins was in the 1989-90 season. Devon Wall, Corey Carmody, Chris Carman and Tyler Peterson each scored goals for Swampscott (15-5). Carmody and Carman also added one assist each while Trevor Massey recorded three assists.
“Fifteen was the mark and we knew if we got it tonight we’d at least share the best record in Swampscott history,” Big Blue coach Gino Faia said. “It was a good accomplishment by the guys and it was a good team win tonight against a solid Division 3 West team.”
BEVERLY 3, LYNNFIELD 0: Captain Andrew Irving netted a pair of power play goals and sophomore defenseman Nick Albano had three assists as Beverly (17-1-1) had its ninth shutout of the season. Sophomore center Ted Leathersich also scored for the Panthers (who were playing for the third straight nigth and fourth game in five days), while classmate Tim Biarelli faced seven shots for his North Shore-leading seventh shutout. Jake Straw, Ryan Santo and Graham Doherty also had assists for the Orange-and-Black.
Marblehead 7, Haverhill 0: The Headers (17-4) won the Gulazian Division championship at the Newburyport Bank Classic in convincing fashion as seniors Trip Franzese and captain Ian Maag each pocketed two goals and an assist. Myles Barry stopped 19 shots for the shutout; he and fellow netminder Harrison Young shared tournament MVP honors. Junior captain Tom Koopman also had a big game with a goal and three assists, pushing his points total for the season to a team-leading 40. Erik Powers and Owen Picariello were the other goal scorers for Marblehead.
ST. JOHN’S PREP 6, WAKEFIELD 2: Finishing the season on a 13-game unbeaten streak, the Eagles got three goals from Andrew Brandano and assists from James Currier on all three to prevail at home. Captain Brian Pinho added a two goals and an assist for St. John’s (17-2-1), Jack McCarthy chipped in with a goal and one assist and Tyler Bird had two helpers.
Triton 2, Masconomet 1: The Chieftains (8-9-2) must now win tonight’s season finale at Arlington to qualify for the state playoffs after falling to their Cape Ann League rivals at home last night. Joe Griffin had the Masconomet goal, assisted by captain Alec DiGiorgio, while fellow captain Matt Cardillo made 16 saves in goal.
Pingree 4, Portsmouth Abbey 0: Junior Jillian Witwicki ahd two goals and an assist to lead the Highlanders (12-11 overall) to an EIL semifinals victory. Kristina Caradonna also had two goals and an assist, Leah Heinze had two assists and Mac Foster and Adrineh Nalbandian had single helpers. Goalie Aly Heffron made 15 saves for her fifth shutout of the season to make sure Pingree advanced to Saturday’s EIL final against Berwick.
Chelmsford 4, Beverly 1: The Panthers (16-1-2) fell behind 2-0 and suffered their first loss of the season. Rachel Trocchi had Beverly’s goal with assists from Caitlin McBride and Kristen McCarthy and goalie Ami Thompson stopped 15 shots. Beverly is at it again today in the finals of the Cougar Classic against Westford Academy.
Pingree 130, Bancroft 104: June Kiely and Erin Cunningham each won two events as the Highlanders won their season finale at the Gordon College pool in Wwenham. Kiely, a freshman, captured the 200 IM (2:36.75) and 100 free (1:03.69) while Cunningham, a junior, won the 50 free (27.00) and the 100 back (1:06.36). Sophomore Alexa Harrison recorded a new personal best in the 200 free (2:26.60); Veronica Monteiro won the 100 fly (1:13.12); Emma Brandt took home top honors in the 500 free (7:01.21); and Solina Powell won the 100 breast (1:28.63). In addition, Pingree’s 200 medley, 200 free and 400 free relays teams also won.
The Pingre boys also had a terrific showing, taking five of six first place finishes despite having just four boys compete. Junior Kyle Skelton (200 free, 2:25.87), sophomore Sam Consitt (50 free, 26.66), senior Nick Sweetser (100 free, 56.48, a new PR), Ani Pula (100 free, 1:31.93 for a new PR) and the 200 free relay team wer all victorious.
Springfield College 22, Gordon 7: Mio Sison and Sam Spellman scored three goals apiece and Colin Davis added one goal in the season opener, but the Fighting Scots didn’t have enough firepower against one of the best team in the Northeast.
Endicott 3, Newbury 0: The Gulls improved to 8-4 by virtue of 25-20, 25-13, 25-20 wins. Mike Coniglione had eight kills, eight block assists, and six digs, while John Osborne added 12 kills.