North: Players of the Week, Top 10 boys’ and girls’ basketball teams

High 5

Vinny Clifford , Danvers: The 6-foot-3 sophomore guard netted a game-high 14 points, draining four 3-pointers as the Falcons topped Beverly, 49-47. A late 3 gave Danvers a 42-40 lead.


Shannon Hayes , Billerica: Scoring a team-high 14 points, the junior captain led a balanced attack as the Indians took down three-time state champ Andover, 58-51.

Olivia Healy , Reading: The senior forward scored 42 of her team’s 56 points, and became the school’s all-time leading scorer, boy or girl (1,568 points), in a 56-39 win at Watertown.

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Isaiah Nelsen , North Andover: In the first-ever Merrimack Valley Conference matchup against Central Catholic, the 6-foot-6 senior forward scored 20 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter, in a 58-52 win.

Masey Zegarowski , Ipswich: In a battle against Cape Ann League rival Hamilton-Wenham, the sophomore point guard poured in 26 points and added five assists in a 56-41 victory.

Bradley’s Top 10 boys’ teams


(Records through Tuesday, with next game listed)

1. Central Catholic (12-2); at St. John's Prep, Sunday, 3

2. St. John's Prep (13-1); vs. Central Catholic, Sunday, 3

3. Melrose (13-0); at Wakefield, Tuesday, 7

4. North Andover (11-2); at Lowell, Tuesday, 7

5. Andover (11-3); at Methuen, Tuesday, 7

6. Danvers (13-0); at Swampscott, Tuesday, 7

7. Lowell (9-2); vs. North Andover, Tuesday, 7

8. Wakefield (10-3); vs. Melrose, Tuesday, 7

9. Salem (11-3); vs. Revere, Friday, 7

10. Beverly (10-4); at Peabody, Tuesday, 7

Bradley’s Top 10 Girls’ Teams

1. Reading (13-0); at Lexington, Tuesday, 7

2. Pentucket (14-1); at North Reading, Friday, 7

3. Billerica (10-1); vs. Central Catholic, Tuesday, 7

4. St. Mary's (Lynn) (13-1); vs. Bishop Fenwick, Monday, 6:30

5. Lynn English (13-2); at Salem, Tuesday, 7

6. Central Catholic (11-3); at Billerica, Tuesday, 7

7. Andover (11-3); vs. Methuen, Tuesday, 7

8. Ipswich (11-2); at Georgetown, Friday, 6:30

9. North Andover (9-5); vs Lowell, Tuesday, 7

10. Peabody (8-2); at Beverly, Tuesday, 7

Game of the Week

Reading at Lexington girls, Tuesday

In a battle of Middlesex League heavyweights, the Lexington High girls host the red-hot Rockets. Reading features one of the state’s top players, University of Richmond recruit Olivia Healy, while Lexington counters with freshman point guard Anna Kelly, averaging 20 points per game.

Pat Bradley

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