BEVERLY -- For the second straight game Beverly shot out to a big lead in the first quarter and never looked back. The Panthers improved to 5-3 on the year with a 51-39 victory over a young Salem team that never stopped working hard.
Beverly coach Seth Stantial used all 15 players that were available. Sydney Anderson sat out with back problems, but everybody else got plenty of playing time. Hailey Anderson led all scorers with 17 points, 15 in the first half including three treys while Kylie McCarthy was also in double digits with 10. Eight other players had at least two points.
"It was a good start for us, and defensively our press worked well," said Stantial. "Any time the defense can anchor a win it's a good thing, but give Salem credit. Even with our starters in Salem did a good job. Evie (Oquendo) is a good coach, and she has those girls playing hard. In fact, they outplayed us in the second half."
The Panthers scored the first 14 points, capitalizing on turnovers by the Witches, and at the half were up by 21 points. Stantial began moving girls in and out of the lineup. Salem gained confidence in the second half and outscored the home team, 30-19 in the final two quarters.
"We played much better," said Oquendo. "Beverly called off the dogs and we were able to get into the flow. They are a tough team to beat. I can't complain about the effort, the girls worked hard all the way."
Salem senior captain Stephanie Cantone led her team with 14 points and her sister Anna had all eight in the second half. Cassidi O'Leary chipped in with seven and was five for six at the line. Guard Angelica Rego hustled all game, and Oquendo said she has a nose for the ball.
The Witches were coming off their first win of the season, beating Cristo Rey, and found their rhythm with a 9-2 run early in the third quarter. They opened the final frame with an 8-2 run and held the Panthers to just four points in the last eight minutes.
"Stephanie Cantone is starting to feel confident. She has scored 29 points in the last two games. Her sister is a sophomore, who also works hard. We are improving as a team."
Stantial singled out McCarthy at point guard for moving the ball well and Nylah Ollivierre for coming off the bench and playing hard.
Beverly 51, Salem 39
at Henry Cabot Lodge Field House, Beverly
Salem: Guerreo 0-0-0; McConney 1-0-2; A. Cantone 3-2-8; Rego 1-0-2; Currie Nulasco 0-0-0; S. Cantone 4-6-14; O'Leary 1-5-7; Hicks-Elliot 3-0-6 Totals: 13-13-39
Beverly: H. Anderson 7-0-17; Gannon 0-0-0; Coughlin 1-0-2; Dunleavy 1-0-2; McCarthy 4-0-10; Hemsey 3-0-6; Ruggeri 1-0-2; Bernard 3-0-6; Kotchian 1-0-2; Mazzone 1-0-2; Erricola 1-0-2; Perron 0-0-0; Griffin 0-0-0; Ollivierre 0-0-0 Totals: 23-0-51
Halftime: B, 32-9
3-Pointers: S, None; B, Anderson (3), McCarthy (2)
Records: S, 1-6; B, 5-3