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


Saul Phiri , Haverhill: In his first state tourney game, the freshman scored 19 points, including five 3s, as the Hillies upset third-seeded Westford Academy, 62-59, in the first round of the Division 1 North tourney.


Casey McLaughlin , Central Catholic: The senior captain led her Raiders to a 71-44 victory over Woburn in the first round of the Division 1 North tourney with 34 points, 16 rebounds, 6 steals and 3 blocks. Junior Amanda Williams added a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Danielle Nickerson , Billerica: The senior forward scored a game-high 24 points to go with 7 rebounds in Billerica's 66-49 first round victory over Lincoln-Sudbury in the Division 1 North tourney.

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Mustapha Koroma , Lowell Catholic: The junior forward led his team to a 59-40

Division 4 North first-round victory over Maimonides

with 27 points and 12


rebounds, while teammate Chris Regan added 20


Catherine Sweeney , Greater Lowell: The freshman for-ward used a 13-point, 14-rebound, 6-steal performance to power the Reggies to a 48-31 Division 4 North victory. Older sister Taylor, a junior, chipped in with 6 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 blocks.

Top 10 boys’ teams

(Records through Wednesday’s games)

1. St. John's Prep (19-2)

2. Melrose (20-0)

3. Lowell (18-3)

4. Central Catholic (18-5)

5. North Andover (16-4)

6. Danvers (19-2)

7. Lynn English (16-5)

8. Lynn Classical (15-8)

9. Wakefield (16-5)

10. Everett (15-6)

Top 10 girls’ teams

1. Reading (20-0)

2. Pentucket (21-1)

3. Billerica (19-2)

4. St. Mary's of Lynn (20-2)

5. Lynn English (20-2)

6. Westford Academy (18-4)

7. Central Catholic (17-5)

8. Andover (17-6)

9. Ipswich (18-3)

10. Masconomet (16-5)

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