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Roundup: Andover’s defense smother Billerica

BILLERICA - Last night’s Merrimack Valley Conference game between top-ranked Andover and sixth-ranked Billerica was hardly a contest at all.

The Golden Warriors handled the host Indians, 64-42, remaining undefeated at 19-0. Billerica fell to 15-3.

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Andover began the game with a 15-0 run, led by senior captain Nicole Boudreau’s 12 first-quarter points. She finished with 31.

With 1:18 remaining in the first quarter, Shannon Hayes netted Billerica’s first basket with a layup.

Stellar defense helped Andover establish a 17-2 lead after the first.

“Defense is really where we win our games,’’ Boudreau said. “When we pressure them and get turnovers, that’s where we get the easy buckets.’’

The Indians battled in the second quarter, but didn’t have an answer defensively for Boudreau. The Golden Warriors led, 31-18, at the half.

Andover’s defense continued to dominate with full-court pressure on the Indians. Billerica was forced into uncharacteristic turnovers and scored just 12 points in each of the final two quarters.

“I think our pressure hurt them,’’ Andover coach Jim Tildsley said. “Our defense was unbelievable.

“We’re in great physical shape, we don’t get tired and that’s a tribute to the kids. They work hard and they know what they want.’’

Boudreau is just 13 points shy of 2,000 for her career. Andover hosts Central Catholic Friday.

Reading 68, Arlington 24 - The No. 2 Rockets (17-0) were paced by Katie Clements’s 13 points.

Lynn English 51, Peabody 39 - The No. 4 Bulldogs (17-1) were led by Katherine Stinson’s 16 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals, and 3 blocks.

Medfield 80, Ashland 39 - The No. 7 Warriors (19-0) were lifted by Lauren Petit’s 24 points and eight steals.

Scituate 66, Hanover 44 - Megan Otto had 18 points and junior Kelly Martin added 15 for the ninth-ranked Sailors (17-0).

Wellesley 47, Milton 36 - Sophia Mavrommatis led the 10th-ranked Raiders (15-3) with 18 points.

Masconomet 72, Georgetown 37 - Brooke Stewart led the No. 13-ranked Chieftains (15-2) with 24 points and eight rebounds.

Montrose 63, Brimmer & May 43 - Junior point guard Heather Gates scored her 1,000th career point for the losing Mavericks.

Quincy 55, Middleboro 22 - Senior forward Caitlyn Lowry collected 8 points, 12 rebounds, and a school-record-tying 11 assists to propel the Presidents.

Duxbury 50, Hingham 48 - Junior captain Michaela North became the fastest player in school history to reach 1,000 career points for the Green Dragons (11-6). She hit two free throws with 3.3 seconds left for the win and finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 blocks.

Boys’ basketball

Brockton 67, New Bedford 57 - Jaylen Blakely scored 16 points as the No. 1 Boxers (14-1) clinched the Big Three championship.

Newton North 64, Framingham 30 - Freshman Tommy Mobley scored 14 points for the sixth-ranked Tigers (17-1).

Madison Park 61, Charlestown 57 - The 12th-ranked Cardinals won behind junior forward David Stewart (32 points, 15 rebounds) and Rayshaw Matthews (12 points, 12 assists).

Wareham 76, Greater New Bedford 52 - Darien Fernandez scored 36 points for the 15th-ranked Vikings (19-0).

Norton 66, Bellingham 22 - Steve Burrill’s 29 points helped the Lancers (15-4) clinch their first Tri-Valley League championship.

Archbishop Williams 66, Bishop Feehan 55 - Tim Andrea led the Bishops with 33 points and 15 rebounds.

North Quincy 60, Whitman-Hanson 47 - The Red Raiders (16-3) clinched the Patriot League Keenan title as Dan Gould scored 15 points.

Arlington 54, Reading 29 - Paul Brooks had a triple-double (12 points, 17 rebounds, 12 blocks) to boost the Spy Ponders (9-8).

Stoughton 72, Canton 52 - Junior point guard Aaron Calixte scored 32 points to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau for the Black Knights (15-2). He also had nine rebounds and eight assists.

Everett’s Nerlens Noel, a 6-foot-10-inch senior center at the Tilton School (N.H.), is one of four finalists for the Naismith High School Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year. Noel joins forward Kyle Anderson (St. Anthony’s, N.J.), forward Shabazz Muhammad (Bishop Gorman, Las Vegas), and center Isaiah Austin (Grace Prep, Texas). The award will be presented by the Atlanta Tipoff Club March. 22.

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