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.