Matt Smith can’t pinpoint the reason why the Beverly girls basketball team has hit its stride recently, but whatever it is, he hopes it continues.
The Panthers (4-6) won their fourth straight game last night with a 61-53 victory over Marblehead.
“Oh man, I wish I knew (what it was),” Smith joked. “We’ve made it a point to cut down on turnovers. The kids are learning their roles and playing together. It just clicked.”
Andrea Zelano scored 19 points for the Panthers, and Kate Silvestri added 13 points, five rebounds, and five steals. Marykate Flaherty pitched in with 10 points and five steals.
Emily Freedland scored 12 of her 18 points in the fourth quarter for Marblehead.
Hamilton-Wenham 41, Amesbury 31: Haley Willis had nine points, seven rebounds, two steals and a block to lead the Generals (5-3) to a road win. Cassandra Fibbe added eight points, eight rebounds, three assists, and two steals for H-W, while Leslie Bynum grabbed 10 rebounds.
Peabody 77, Saugus 38: Carolyn Scacchi had a monster game with 24 points and 15 rebounds, and Amanda Matthews chipped in 20 points for the Tanners (6-2). Courtney Bua also scored 12 points, Jill Wallace hit double figures with 11, and Alex Lomasney dished out 10 assists.
Masconomet 44, Georgetown 39: The Chieftains let a 25-point lead get cut down to three with only a minute to go, but hung on for the victory. Hannah Kiernan led the way with 16 points, seven rebounds, and three steals. Nicole Femino also hit double figures with 10 points, Cladia Marsh pulled down 13 rebounds, and Meghan Collins added seven assists and three steals for Masco (8-2).
Minuteman 47, North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie 44: Katlyn Guerin scored 19 points but the Bulldogs fell just short.
Bishop Fenwick 62, Matignon 32: The Crusaders (8-3) scored 27 points in the secone quarter to break the game open. Kape Lipka had nine points to go with eight rebounds and three steals and Chandler Wilder led the scoring with 14 plus three steals and three assists. Freshman Sydney Brennan hit three treys and scored 11 and Rose Fantozzi was in double-figures again with 11.