Last season, an inexperienced Braintree girls’ basketball team may have crumbled at the sight of adversity. On Monday night, the top-ranked Wamps’ growth was on display as they overcame No. 2 Medfield’s late rally and won, 56-44, in the Comcast Tournament championship game at Babson College.
“Last year, I don’t know what we would’ve done at the end of that game,” coach Kristen McDonnell said. “I think we might’ve gone back on our heels a little bit. I think that the experience definitely showed tonight.
“I don’t think anybody got nervous at any time, we just got back to play defense without fouling towards the end.”
Trailing by 16 after three quarters, Medfield (18-2) leaned on Payton Ouimette, who scored 11 of her 12 points in the fourth to help the Big Blue cut the deficit to 9.
But Braintree (18-1) regrouped and Molly Reagan scored 6 straight points to push the lead back to double digits, 55-42.
Braintree’s size advantage hurt Medfield at both ends. Reagan scored 15 points, tournament MVP Bridget Herlihy added 8, and sister Brianna Herlihy chipped in 6.
“For another team, it’s challenging to have three players that height-wise, physical-wise, you’re not going to be able to match up to us,” McDonnell said. “And we try to use that to our advantage.”
Lynn English 59, Masconomet 49 — Senior Diondra Woumn was named MVP of the St. Mary’s Spartan Classic after scoring 14 points in the No. 3 Bulldogs’ victory over the No. 5 Chieftains.
Lincoln-Sudbury 78, Natick 58 — In a losing effort, senior guard Alex Hilger scored 29 points to finish his Red Hawks career with exactly 1,000 points.
Needham 60, Somerville 39 — Senior Michael Elcock’s 17 points earned him Acton-Boxborough Tournament MVP honors in the Rockets’ win.
Walpole 78, Stoughton 53 — The Rebels (13-8) won the Walpole Hoop Classic behind senior guard Ryan Fogarty, who had 18 points and 11 assists and was named tournament MVP.
Central Catholic 4, Catholic Memorial 3 — Senior Lloyd Hayes’s goal with two minutes remaining completed the sixth-ranked Raiders’ comeback at Walter Brown Arena.
Senior Michael Stathopolous struck first for the No. 7 Knights with a first-period goal, and junior Zach Sullivan scored in the second for a 2-0 lead. But junior Richie Greenburg cut the deficit in half, sneaking one past Knights sophomore goalie Brandon Collett. Not long after, classmate Christian Thompson evened things up.
After falling behind, 3-2, early in the final frame, Hayes set up senior Alex Lester to tie the score midway through the period. With two minutes remaining, Hayes went five-hole on Collett on a breakaway to put Central Catholic (13-3-3) ahead.
“As far as resiliency, it was nice to see us score the equalizer and it was a true testament to that resiliency later. But you couldn’t find more resilience than in Lloyd Hayes for us, being Mr. Clutch as usual,” Raiders coach Mike Jankowski said.
CM (9-6-3) dropped to 0-5-1 in February, its last victory coming Jan. 29 over St. John’s Prep.
BC High 6, Austin Prep 2 — Senior Chris LaLiberte had a goal and three assists and five teammates scored as well to lead the No. 2 Eagles past the No. 3 Cougars.
Duxbury 2, Hingham 1 — Senior defenseman Tyler Powers scored the deciding goal four minutes into the second period, lifting the No. 9 Green Dragons (14-2-3) over the Harbormen.Globe correspondent Pat Bradley contributed to this report.