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June 24, 2014

Winning hoops teams mesh well in boys, girls Agganis basketball Classics

LYNN — One of the most difficult things to predict in an all-star game is how a certain group of players will mesh in their first time together.

Two of the teams participating in the Agganis Basketball Classics last night seemed to have very little trouble making things work.

In the girls game, the South pulled away from the North in the second half for a 74-51 victory at St. Mary’s of Lynn’s Tony Conigliaro Gym.

Later in the night, it was the North that took down the South in the boys game. In true all-star fashion, the boys game featured minimal defense with the North rolling to a 133-112 victory.

St. Mary’s coach Jeff Newhall had the opportunity to coach players he typically goes against with players representing Arlington Catholic and Bishop Fenwick, a pair of Catholic Central League foes. He also had one last chance to coach a pair of his own players in Brianna Rudolph and Sharell Sanders.

Maura Buckley of Arlington Catholic walked away with the game MVP award after scoring 14 points. Rudolph scored 15 points for the South and Somerville’s Melissa Baptista also dropped 15.

“I think our league is one of the best if not the best league in the state. We go head to head with AC every year and Maura is a great kid to have on your side,” Newhall said. “We have a great rivalry with Bishop Fenwick. We’ve had some recent success against them, but it’s still a rivalry.

“I thought our kids scored very well tonight. Baptista, Buckley and Rudolph got a lot of points and they were getting the shots they wanted all night.”

Fenwick was represented by Kate Lipka.

Masconomet’s Hannah Kiernan took home the MVP for the North, leading the way with a game-high 16 points.

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