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    North: Players of the week, top 10 boys’ and girls’ basketball teams

    High 5

    Bruce Brown , Wakefield: The athletic sophomore guard led the Warriors with 18 points, five assists, and three steals in a 62-45 Middlesex League win over Lexington.

    Sam D'Angelo , Woburn: The sophomore forward delivered 24 points, six rebounds, and five assists as the Tanner girls pulled out a 44-40 Middlesex League victory over Watertown.


    Meghan Stanford , Reading: While Richmond-bound Olivia Healy (22 points, 10 rebounds, seven steals) again was dominant, her senior classmate submitted 11 points and 13 rebounds as the Rockets rolled to their 11th straight win, 64-34 over Stoneham.

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    Joe Spinale , Shawsheen: The senior guard poured in a career-high 32 points and pocketed five steals as the Rams pulled out 74-72 win over host Minuteman.

    Courtney Walsh , Central Catholic: The junior guard scored a season-high 26 points and five steals in a 71-39 blowout over Dracut.

    Bradley’s Top 10 boys’ teams

    (Records through Tuesday, with next game listed)


     1. Central Catholic (11-1); at North Andover, Tues., 7

     2. St. John's Prep (12-0); at Waltham, Sun., 3:30

     3. Melrose (11-0); at Arlington, Tues., 7

     4. Lowell (9-2); vs. Methuen, Tues., 7

     5. Andover (9-2); at Lawrence, Tues., 7


     6. North Andover (9-2); vs. Central Catholic, Tues., 7

     7. Wakefield (8-3); at Woburn, Tues., 7

     8. Danvers (11-0); at Beverly, Tues., 7

     9. Salem (9-3); vs. Gloucester, Tues., 7

    10. Beverly (8-2); vs. Danvers, Tues., 7

    Bradley’s Top 10 girls’ teams

     1. Reading (11-0); vs. Watertown, Tues., 5:30

     2. Pentucket (13-0); at Amesbury, Tues., 6:30

     3. Billerica (8-1); at Andover, Tues., 7

     4. St. Mary’s of Lynn (11-1); vs. Cardinal Spellman, Mon., 6:30

     5. North Andover (9-1); at Central Catholic, Tues., 7

     6. Lynn English (10-2); at Swampscott, Tues., 7

     7. Central Catholic (10-2); vs. North Andover, Tues., 7

     8. Andover (10-2); vs. Billerica, Tues., 7

     9. Ipswich (9-2); vs. North Reading, Tues., 6:30

    10. Peabody (7-2); at Marblehead, Tues., 7

    Game of the week

    North Andover vs. Central Catholic,Tuesday, 7

    The girls’ game at Central is a much-anticipated rematch of their Christmas Tournament title game, in which North Andover pulled out a 45-44 win. NA may be minus leading scorer Morgan Lumb, who has an ankle injury. In the boys’ game at North Andover, senior forward Chris Bardwell, a former reserve at Central Catholic, gets his first shot at his former club. He and center Isaiah Nelson have formed a prolific pair in the paint.

    Pat Bradley

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