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St. John’s Prep basketball drops BC High

St. John’s Prep committed turnovers on its opening three possessions last night against visiting BC High, frustrating coach Sean Connolly.

“We were real tentative in the beginning, just kind of throwing the ball all over the place,” he said. “That’s not the way we play.”

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After a sluggish opening quarter, St. John’s Prep settled in and found its rhythm. A big second-quarter run gave the hosts a lead they would never relinquish en route to a 67-58 win at Memorial Gym in Danvers.

 Sophomore Ben Judson led all scorers with 20 points, including five 3-pointers. Senior Tyler Dooley had 6 points to go with 7 assists.

“The second quarter they made us pay,” said BC High coach Bill Loughnane. His team was on the wrong end of a 20-3 run in that quarter.

Tied at 16 after one quarter, Prep (8-0) overwhelmed BC High’s zone defense and took a 36-22 lead into halftime.

BC High fell to 4-2.

Mansfield 82, Oliver Ames 54 — Ryan Boulter had 24 points for the Hornets.

Case 78, Bourne 45 — Taylor Furtado scored 14 points and Sam Horowitz added 13 for the Cardinals.

Canton 52, Attleboro 45 — Junior captain Sam Larson led the Bulldogs (3-3) with 21 points.

Girls’ basketball

Martha’s Vineyard 62, Bishop Stang 60 — The Vineyarders’ top scorer was center Maggie Riseborough with 22 points.

Greater Lowell 61, Methuen 15 — Taylor Sweeney led the Gryphons with 16 points.

Plymouth South 61, Falmouth 47 — Freshman guard Maddie Norris scored 26 points, including six 3-pointers, for the Panthers. Teammate Christina Jaros had 16 points and 17 rebounds.

Fontbonne 71, Cardinal Spellman 27 — Jen Gemma scored 23 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, and had 9 steals in the Ducks’ seventh straight win.

Football

Rich McKenna was hired as Billerica’s football coach, athletic director Dave Lezenski announced.

McKenna takes over for Peter Flynn, who retired after 23 seasons. A 1996 graduate of Billerica, McKenna has spent the last four seasons as the Westford Academy coach.

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