This season, the Medfield girls’ basketball team’s phrase has been, “We were getting a little bored with success,” but the top-ranked Warriors weren’t bored when St. Mary’s handed them their first loss on Thursday.
But that loss refocused Medfield for the first round of the Comcast Tournament as it cruised Sunday to a 66-46 rout of Archbishop Williams at Babson College in Wellesley. Medfield will face No. 2 Braintree in Monday’s title game at 6 p.m.
“We’ve been challenged a couple times during the season for part of games but never a full game,” said coach Mark Nickerson. “And St. Mary’s is really the first team that we played that we had to worry about multiple scorers — they have three real legit scorers — so a lot of the gimmick things that we’ve been doing against some teams didn’t work.
“Coaching-wise, it helped me realize that we needed to get back to the basics. We’re a good man-to-man defensive team as you saw today, and that’s what we did today and it worked. ”
Senior forward Kristin Fechtelkotter (11 points) provided the highlight of the game by eclipsing the 1,000-point mark, but senior guard Lauren Petit was the player of the game with 25 points.
After ending the first quarter up, 13-9, Archbishop Williams (12-9) went cold in the second, while Petit came alive, outscoring the Bishops, 13-3.
Though Medfield’s 22-point quarter increased the lead, it was its defense that forced Archbishop Williams into a 31-16 hole at halftime.
“I just said, ‘We have to keep it close, be patient on offense, move the ball, set some good screens, and look for good opportunities on offense, but we need to dig in on defense and make sure that we’re getting out and contesting their shooters,’ ” Nickerson said.
The Bishops tried to get the ball into the post, but access was denied. The Warriors (19-1) played exceptional defense inside on Olivia Conrad, who was limited to 4 points.
“We try to keep the ball out of the paint all the time, but we know they’ve got some big bodies too, and the quickest way for us to get in trouble is to allow the ball in the paint, get in foul trouble, allow them to finish 3-point plays,” Nickerson said.
In the second game of the tournament, it looked as if Westford might put up a fight against Braintree, but after the Wamps finished the second quarter on an 11-0 run, it was never close, and Braintree advanced with a 57-29 win.
Braintree’s momentum carried over to the second half in part because of its defense. The Wamps held No. 7 Westford (17-3) to one field goal in the third quarter, four for the second half. Whether it was deflecting passes, keeping possessions alive, or diving for loose balls, the Wamps (18-1) were the aggressors from start to finish.
Molly Reagan (12 points), Brianna Herlihy (10), Ashley Russell (9) provided Braintree’s offense.
Lynn English 57, Newton North 52 — Senior guard Diondra Woumn scored 22 points and had nine rebounds and senior guard Deidra Newson contributed 10 points and 12 boards to pace the Bulldogs. Newton North senior Infiniti Thomas-Waheed scored 13 points, breaking the 1,000 mark for her career.
St. Mary’s 74, Cardinal Spellman 38 — Senior guard Brianna Rudolph scored 19 points, Jennie Mucciarone added 17, and Sharell Sanders had 12 as the Spartans clinched the Catholic Central Large title.
Boston Latin 40, Whittier 38 — Senior Margaret Mulligan had 12 points, 19 rebounds, and 10 blocks, and sophomore Chessie Cox added 17 points for the Wolfpack.
Central Catholic 60, Newton South 38 — Amanda Williams had 23 points and 13 rebounds for the Raiders.
Duxbury 42, North Attleborough 32 — Maddie Foote had 17 points and Catherine Harrison 12 as the Green Dragons improved to 19-0.
Masconomet 71, Lexington 35 — Junior guard Meghan Collins scored 19 points and added five rebounds as the Chieftains improved to 19-0.
Franklin 61, Belmont 50 — In the Comcast Tournament, the Panthers were led by guard Chris Rodgers’s 22 points.
Andover 74, Everett 54 — Dave Giribaldi scored 34 points to lead the Golden Warriors over the Crimson Tide.
Woburn 63, North Andover 62 — Sophomore guard Brandon Moscat hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to lift the Tanners.
Concord-Carlisle 49, Billerica 48 — Senior center Blaine Taylor scored 15 points, but it was senior guard Jon Dor’s tip-in with five seconds left that won it for the Patriots (17-1).
Needham 53, Haverhill 45 — Jack Winston had 12 points and Mike Elcock 9 as the Rockets improved to 16-3.
Malden Catholic 68, Wakefield 45 — Junior center Connor MacIsaac netted 17 points for the Lancers (9-9), who qualified for the tournament.
Somerville 42, Acton-Boxboro 38 — Fru Che scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Highlanders.
Canton 52, Fairhaven 33 — Sam Larson scored 16 points, topping 1,000 points in the process, to lead the Bulldogs.
Wareham 73, New Bedford 63 — The Vikings captured their eighth straight South Coast Conference title with the win.
Falmouth 4, Duxbury 2 — The Clippers raced out to a 3-0 lead and held on to hand the top-ranked Green Dragons their first loss. Duxbury cut the margin to 3-2 on Marissa Fitchter’s score, but Falmouth got an empty-net goal and outstanding goaltending by junior Maddie Scavotto to earn the victory.
Marblehead 4, Winthrop 1 — The Vikings (13-3-1) clinched the Northeast Hockey League North title with the win.