The No. 1 Medfield girls’ basketball team’s made a late surge in in Wednesday night’s showdown against No. 6 St. Mary’s but couldn’t overtake the surging Spartans, who handed the visiting Warriors their first defeat, 64-56.
“It’s really a great win for our program,” said St. Mary’s coach Jeff Newhall.
St. Mary’s was up by 3 points at halftime, and outscored Medfield, 15-9, in the third quarter to establish a decisive lead. With three minutes to play the Spartans held a 58-46 lead, but the Warriors’ 8-0 run closed the gap to 4 points.
But the Spartans pulled their game together to score 6 of the last 8 points to close it out.
“We got a little hectic, but we finished strong,” Newhall said.
Spartans senior guard Brianna Rudolph scored 24 points with 13 rebounds, senior guard Sharell Sanders scored 16 points, and senior guard Jennie Nicholson had 9 points and seven assists.
Blue Hills 67, Upper Cape 47 — The visiting Warriors took a 24-5 first-quarter lead and went on to win their 37th straight regular-season game.
BC High 5, Catholic Memorial 0 — The second-ranked Eagles scored four goals in the span of 2:10 in the second period and limited the fourth-ranked Knights to six shots on goal to clinch the Catholic Conference title at UMass-Boston. Senior captain Steve DeForge led the Eagles with a goal and two assists.
Beverly 4, Mansfield 0 — Junior Timmy Birarelli tallied his eighth shutout of the season to boost the No. 15 Panthers (17-0-1).
Chelmsford 2, Melrose 1 — Sophomore Derek Adamson scored twice and classmate Blake Elber had 28 saves for the Lions.
Winchester 4, Reading 3 — Senior Jena Tantano made 35 saves and senior forward Alaina Ewing had a goal and two assists as the No. 17-ranked visiting Sachems beat the No. 2 Rockets.
Nobles 3, Phillips Andover 0— Freshman Becca Gilmore, senior Lexie Lang, and senior Haley Mullins all scored for the unbeaten and host Bulldogs (23-0).
Duxbury 5, Canton 2 — The visiting and No. 1-ranked Green Dragons (12-0-4) clinched the SEMGHL Coastal Division title.
Beverly/Danvers 7, Medford 4 — Nicole Woods scored four goals, Caitlin McBride chipped in two goals and two assists, and Kyra Wolonsavich stopped 15 shots in her first varsity start for the victors.
North Andover 37, Lawrence 28 — The Knights took the lead on Brian Sabet’s pin and clinched the victory and the Merrimack Valley Division 1 title on Fritz Hoehn’s win in the final match.