The fourth-ranked Braintree girls’ basketball team kept their winning streak alive last night, defeating Bay State Carey foe Newton North, 48-36, to improve to 11-0.
“This was a big test for us,’’ said Braintree coach Kristen McDonnell. “We knew there’d be a battle coming into it. I thought we prepared well for it. It was a very good team win. The kids gutted it out when they had to.’’
Freshman guard Ashley Russell scored 14 points and had six rebounds, and freshman center Molly Reagan scored 13 points and grabbed 10 boards.
“The freshmen have been huge all year,’’ said McDonnell. “Playing in these situations against a really good team will help them come tournament time. Experience-wise, this was very big.’’
The Wamps trailed, 8-6, at the end of the first, but quickly picked up the pace in a defensive battle. They took a 23-17 halftime lead, then, propelled by Reagan - who scored 8 of her 13 points late in the game - overcame the Tigers’ full-court press in the third and fourth quarters.
“Especially when the shots weren’t falling for us, we had consistent defense,’’ said McDonnell.
Senior captain Paige Marshall finished with 10 points and six assists.
“Tonight was our first game we had to battle it out with another team,’’ said Marshall. “It was good to have that kind of game. We needed it. Even if we were up 10 points, it never felt safe.
“We knew from the start this was the game we had our eye on. Last time we played them it was tough, too. We weren’t coming in for a cakewalk.’’
Lynn English 43, Marblehead 29 - Cathrine Stinson had 13 points and 10 assists for the Bulldogs.
Dorchester 46, Burke 33 - Kymisha Kelly was the leading scorer for the Bears (5-8) with 25 points.
Hull 39, East Bridgewater 34 - Katie Manning had 15 points and 17 rebounds for the Pirates.
O’Bryant 69, Brighton 18 - Junior guard Kiana Daley scored 21 points and freshman guard Araion Bradshaw added 18 for the Tigers.
Falmouth 63, Nauset 48 - Junior forward Elizabeth Anox had 25 points and 17 rebounds for the Clippers (12-2).
St. Mary’s 53, Matignon 43 - Sophomore guard Jennie Mucciaroni scored 31 points for the Spartans.
Weymouth 51, Framingham 47 - Shannon Conneely had 16 points (9 in overtime), 8 steals, and 7 assists to lead the Wildcats.
Needham 53, Brookline 43 - The Rockets (5-6) were led by Maddie Vanser (19 points) and Caroline Cranna (13).
King Philip 72, Oliver Ames 68 - Senior forward Jake Layman led the Warriors (10-2) with 32 points. Senior guard Nick Bruha scored 26 for the Tigers (7-5), including his 1,000th career point.
BC High 60, Xaverian 41 - Junior guard Jameilen Jones scored 16 points for the Eagles (11-3).
Stoughton 77, Attleboro 57 - The Black Knights (11-1) were led by Marcus Middleton’s 22 points and five assists.
Catholic Memorial 86, Malden Catholic 44 - Knights senior guard Matt Droney scored 22 points, topping 1,000 in his career.
Brighton 75, O’Bryant 46 - Sophomore point guard Malik James had 18 points and 14 assists as the Bengals rolled to a road win over the Tigers. Dorchester 71, Burke 60 - Jeduan Langston scored 27 points, Jarmina Kallon had 13 points and 11 assists, and Bryant Andrews added 12 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks for the Bears.
St. Mary’s 62, Cathedral 52 - Nick Galiolo tallied 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Spartans.
Pope John 80, Lowell Catholic 50 - Senior guard Malcolm Brown led all scorers with 18 points for the Tigers (11-2).
Dedham 70, Wellesley 50 - Senior forward Vinny Iarrobino scored 22 points for the Marauders (6-5), who have won four in a row.
Masconomet 53, North Reading 44 - Senior Adam Bramanti had 21 points for the Chieftains (8-5).
Shawsheen 60, Chelsea 59 - Joe Spinale scored 25 points, 13 in the fourth quarter, to lead the Rams.
North Quincy 76, Scituate 44 - Junior Marquis McClendon led the Red Raiders with 27 points.
Saugus 69, Lynn Classical 60 - Curtis Casella led the Sachems with 30 points.
Danvers 56, Revere 37 - George Merry led the Falcons with 19 points, 11 rebounds, and 7 blocks.