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MONDAY’S SCHOOL ROUNDUP

LeVar Williams leads Burke boys’ basketball over Salem

Boston MA 01/29/18 Burke High School Levar Wiliams drives to the basket past Salem High SchoolEthan Espinal during first half action of MIAA boys basketball at Burke High School. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:
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Burke’s LeVar Wiliams drives to the basket past Salem’s Ethan Espinal in the first half of the Bulldog’s 82-70 victory over the visiting Witches Monday night in Dorchester.

The Jeremiah E. Burke boys’ basketball team has become accustomed to learning on the fly.

Playing their third consecutive game without the benefit of practicing on the weekends at their home facility, the host Bulldogs looked disjointed early as they struggled with Salem’s tight “box-and-one” defense on star junior LeVar Williams.

But Burke coach Sean Ryanhelped his team figure out a winning strategy as the Bulldogs put together a 17-0 second-quarter run to take control of an 82-70 victory over Salem in a nonleague affair Monday night in Dorchester.

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“A box-and-one is a defense you want to prepare for, but it’s tough without practice,” Ryan said. “To score, we needed to get back to who we are, defensively. We got a couple stops and it juiced up our defense and our bench got really into it.”

Burke coach Sean Ryan helped guide his team out of its sluggish start.
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Burke coach Sean Ryan helped guide his team out of its sluggish start.
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As he has all season, Williams lit it up from the perimeter, hitting 8 of 16 shots overalll, including 7 of 14 from 3-point range, to lead the Bulldogs (14-1) with a game-high 26 points.

Senior forward McCarthy Akinkouye complemented Williams’ effort with 20 points and 11 rebounds, eight of which came on the offensive glass. He credited Williams for drawing out the defense to open things up for the rest of the Bulldogs.

“We have to get open and find the gaps in the defenses [when Williams gets overplayed],” Akinkouye said. “When he starts hitting those threes, we get a lot of confidence off that and it gets us going.”

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Burke’s McCarthy Akinkouye drove to the basket for two of his 20 points against Salem.

The Witches (7-6), which lost their fourth in a row, mounted a furious rally midway through the third quarter to cut Burke’s lead to 49-48, but the Bulldogs responded with an 11-0 run, which Williams sparked with consecutive pull-up 3-pointers.

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“My teammates came through for me,” Williams said of his hot shooting stretch. “They set down screens, flares, and got me open shots.”

After suffering their first loss of the season last Friday against Brookline, the Bulldogs were thrilled to get back in the win column as they continued their pursuit of a Boston City League title.

“It feels great,” Williams said. “We built a lot of momentum in that first half and we knew were going to get the ‘W.’”

South Boston 73, Snowden 55 — Christian Arthur tallied 21 points to lead the Knights (9-3).

Lexington Christian 56, Cambridge Weston 51 — Jonathan Guerrier led the Lions (10-3) with 18 points.

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Matignon 59, Lowell Catholic 43 — Senior center Connor Byrne paced the Warriors (8-2) with 17 points.

Austin Prep 67, Saint Joseph Prep 49 — Seniors Denis Taylor (16 points, 6 rebounds), Ryan Andrews (13 points, 5 steals), and Stephen Reddy (14 points) carried the Cougars (8-3).

Pope John 72, Maimonides 32 — Angel Price-Espada carried the Tigers (13-1) with 26 points and 10 rebounds.

Girls’ basketball

Norton 52, Holliston 48 — Senior Abby Phelan tied the program’s single-game scoring record with 31 points for the Lancers (6-8).

St. Mary’s 62, Tewksbury 51 — Pamela Gonzalez (26 points, 11 rebounds), Olivia Nazaire (15 points, 14 rebounds), and Gabby Torres (12 points) spearheaded a 19-3 fourth-quarter run for the Spartans.

Blue Hills 70, Upper Cape 38 — Senior guard Jamillia Ross notched 24 points for the Warriors (12-0) while junior guard Ariel Carter netted 17.

Advanced Math and Science 36, Parker Charter 32 — Lauren Hailey scored 18 points to lift the Eagles (9-4, 8-2 Colonial). Tegan Young notched 17 points for the host Panthers (8-3, 6-3).

Tyngsborough 47, Stoneham 40 — Katherine Hurnoywicz had 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 steals to push the visiting Tigers (9-3) past the Spartans. Sara Anselmo scored 12 points for Tyngsboro, while Amanda Leal added 11.

Nashoba 62, Acton-Boxborough 54 — Brienne Donahue had 12 points and 12 rebounds to lift the ninth-ranked Chieftains (9-4) at home. Teammate Julia Roth collected 18 points and four steals, while Sarah Gillooly scored 16 points. Madison Richard had seven rebounds and Abby McNulty dished out five assists.

Girls’ hockey

Duxbury 7, Whitman-Hanson/Silver Lake 1 — The No.4 Dragons (12-1-1, 6-0) were lifted by two goals apiece from Jackie Hayden and Molly Duvall.

Lincoln-Sudbury 7, Norwood 2 — Eighth-grader Sophie Ensley had four goals, two of which came shorthanded, for the Warriors (9-3-1) in addition to two assists.

Framingham 7, Saint Joseph Prep/Mount Alvernia 2 — Ava Lopez led the Flyers (6-8, 1-7) with two goals.

Dover-Sherborn/Hopkinton 6, Shawsheen 0 — Ava Kaplan scored the first goals of her career in a four-goal effort to lift the Raiders (3-10).

Metheun/Tewksbury 6, Winchester 2 — Senior Kelly Golini paced the No. 3 Red Rangers (13-1, 4-1) with a hat trick and sophomore goaltender Kaia Hollingsworth made 24 saves.

Boys’ hockey

Central Catholic 3, Malden Catholic 1 — Junior Noah Jankowski netted the go-ahead goal in the second period, his ninth of the season, and senior Evan Digiovanni scored an empty-netter in the third period as the top-ranked Raiders (15-0) rallied for the win over the Lancers (4-7-2) at the ICenter in Salem, N.H.

Matthew Pasquale made 22 saves.

Hingham 3, Reading 0 — Senior captain Marshall Terres netted the hat trick to power the sixth-ranked Harbormen (7-3-4) over the No. 20 Rockets (7-5-1).

Bishop Stang 6, Apponequet/Bishop Connolly 2 — Collin DiNardo and Brian Allen carried the Spartans with two goals each.

Foxborough 5, Saint Joseph Prep 1 — Sebastian Ricketts and Ronnie MacLellan led the Warriors (6-5-2) with two goals apiece.

Wachusett 4, St. Peter-Marian 0 — Sophomore Sean Gardner notched his first career hat trick, classmate Zak Kapusta scored his first career goal and freshman goalie Joe Murphy made eight saves to post the shutout in his first varsity start as the Mountaineers (4-7-1) defeated the visiting Guardians (0-13).

Ryan Murray added two assists for Wachusett, while Tyler Ledoux made 38 saves for SPM.

Super 8 — The state hockey coaches association released its first “Watch List” for the Super 8 tournament that will commence at the end of February.

Defending champion Arlington (8-3-1) made the cut, along with, in alphabetical order: Andover (6-3-2), Austin Prep (10-4-1), BC High (9-3-1), Burlington (12-2-0), Catholic Memorial (5-7-2), Central Catholic (14-0-0), Franklin (10-1-3), Hingham (6-3-4), Malden Catholic (4-6-2), Natick (9-3-2), Newburyport (8-1-5), Pope Francis (11-1-2), St. John’s Shrewsbury (8-3-3), St. John’s Prep (7-3-2), St. Mary’s (8-3-3), Waltham (10-2-2), Wellesley (10-1-3), and Xaverian (6-6-3).

The selection committee will meet on Saturday, Feb. 24, in Franklin, to pick the 12-team field (including the final four for the play-in games).

Girls’ lacrosse

Needham has turned to a familiar face, Paula Kelley, to direct it girls’ lacrosse program, the defending Division 1 champion. In her first stint, she guided the Rockets to six state championships, including 2002, her final season, and 10 Bay State Conference titles. This past season, she was the associate head coach for Beth O’Brien, who stepped down after 15 seasons at the helm. Kelley has also won a girls’ basketball state title with Archbishop Williams.

Boys’ swimming

BC High 98, Malden Catholic 68 — Senior Jared Daigle has now qualified for states in every single event after today’s victory in the 50-yard freestyle event.

Needham 129, Catholic Memorial 56 — The Rockets (8-1) set a school record in the 200 freestyle relay as Serge Sonkin, Eric Zhu, Andrei Treil and Henry Keegan led the way.