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.
Revere 43, Swampscott 33: The Big Blue dropped their third straight in a tough road loss. Anna Greene led the team offensively with 12 points, while Swampscott was without its top scorer Ara Talkov, who’s sidelined with an ankle injury.
Ipswich 81, Triton 22: Senior Courtney Eramo had 11 points and six boards as the Tigers (9-0) remained undefeated. Junior Bridget Curran added 10 points and five steals and Caroline Soucy (17 points) led six players in double figures including Masey Zegarowski (11), Julia Davis (12) and Jenna Gagnon (10).
Minuteman 56, North Shore Tech 41: The Bulldogs cut Minuteman’s lead to two in the third quarter, but couldn’t draw any closer and dropped to 0-9. Jordan Mendez led North Shore with 12 points. Elijah Alfred grabbed 10 rebounds and Yordany Sanchez collected nine.
Waring 45, Commonwealth 17: Henry Balf scored 12 points to highlight a balanced Waring (4-1) attack.
Masconomet 46, Georgetown 45: The Chieftains won their third straight and second straight with an all-around team effort. Masco jumped out 21-4 before the Royals made a run to get back in it, but the resiliant Chieftains held on. Masco is now 4-6 after starting the season 0-5.
Hamilton-Wenham 63, Amesbury 55: Sophomore James Foye scored 21 points and added seven steals and five assists as the Generals (4-5) won their third straight. Hamilton-Wenham got balanced scoring from Henry Eager (11), Nick Fusco (8) and Shawn Kotch (6).
Cathedral 52, Bishop Fenwick 38: Matt Costello had 13 points and seven rebounds and Giorgio DiCostanzo played solid defense for the Crusaders, but Fenwick (2-6) couldn’t muster a win on the road.
Pingree 57, LCA 54: Lexington Christian Academy cut an 11-point deficit down to one point in the fourth quarter, but Pingree (8-3) hung on. Johnny Spears led the Highlanders’ charge with 14 points and eight assists, and Nino Leone scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Saugus 64, Peabdoy 54: Senior Maynard Wheeler hit five treys and scored a career-high 19 points in a game that saw 19 combined 3-pointers between the two teams. Ben Martinez scored 11 and Jared McCarron had 15 points and five rebounds for Peabody (3-6)
Triton 48, Ipswich 45: The Tigers had a shot to tie at the buzzer that didn’t fall but still played one of their better games of the season. Junior Erik Fyrer scored ten points while Nate Glaster added nine and Matt Yeager contribured six.