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Newton South girls dominate, roll into South final

 In the early stages of Newton South’s 65-36 win over Bridgewater-Raynham in a Division 1 South semifinal Tuesday night at Whitman-Hanson High School, sophomore forward Amari Turner quietly contributed to what quickly became another showing of South’s dominance.

The 5-foot-10-inch Turner hauled down 14 rebounds and added 6 points, 3 steals, and a block as the Lions (22-1) benefited from Turner’s awareness in cleaning up the defensive glass and not allowing second-chance opportunities.

“She’s been incredibly important in the way that she guards and the energy she brings all the way around,” Newton South coach Joe Rogers said. “Nothing we do works without someone who’s willing to do the dirty work.”

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“Just go up with your heart, not your size,” Turner said.

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After both sides traded triples to start, South closed the first quarter on a 12-1 run highlighted by Veronica Burton’s fast-break layup and a triple by senior Paige Ollivierre (10 points). Trailing, 21-4, with five minutes left in the first half, Bridgewater-Raynham (18-5) could not muster a threatening comeback.

“Starting strong, showing what we got, and relax later,” Turner said of South’s quick start.

Bridgewater-Raynham came in without a loss in 2018, riding a 16-game winning streak, the program’s longest since the 1990 state championship team.

In the final, Newton South will face the winner of second-seeded Braintree and third-seeded Mansfield, who play at 4:30 on Wednesday.

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Burton netted a game-high 24 points to go with 8 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals. Junior Frankie Silva contributed a strong performance with 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists for South. The Lions forced over a dozen turnovers in a stellar defensive effort.

“These are kids that are bought into playing defensively,” Rogers said. “We had some success early in the year defensively and that helped them to show that we can shut some teams down.”

Division 2 South quarterfinals

Nauset 50, Duxbury 41 — Freshman Avery Burns buried two deep 3-pointers to start the fourth quarter, helping the third-seeded Warriors (18-2) pull away for the win in Eastham.

 Nauset led only 33-32 entering the fourth, but outscored the sixth-seeded Dragons, 17-9, in the final frame. Sophomore Skyeler Sandison scored a game-high 18 points, with four treys.

 ‘‘To go up against a quality team like Duxbury, in this type of environment, and beat them, is not easy,’’ Nauset coach Heath Teixeira said.

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 Senior Alli Cavallo (17 points) and sophomore Sophie Thompson (10 points) fueled the Dragons (15-8) to a 21-13 halftime lead, but Nauset closed the third on a 9-2 run before taking control in the fourth.

 ‘‘I have to give credit to those kids,’’ Duxbury coach Bob Sullivan said of Nauset. ‘‘They made some big, big shots, and they won the game.’’

Division 3 South semifinals

Archbishop Williams 72, Norwell 53 — Senior guard Asiah Dingle scored 32 points and collected 6 rebounds and 6 steals as the defending state champion Bishops (18-3) surged past the top-seeded Clippers in a semifinal at Whitman-Hanson High.

 ‘‘I was like, ‘All right, Asiah, do what you have to do,’’ said Archies coach Matt Mahoney. ‘‘She knows when she is needed and she is willing to take the leadership role.’’

 Dingle took over in the third quarter, scoring the Bishops’ final 7 points of the frame. She hit a 3 and finished drives with either hand to give the Archies a 50-39 lead heading into the fourth.

 ‘‘I go to the left more than I go to the right,’’ said Dingle. ‘‘I don’t know why.’’

 Sophomore forward Jess Knight contributed 12 points and seven rebounds.

 Sophomore guard Kristi Vierra led Norwell (19-3) with 24 points, including six 3-pointers.

Division 4 North semifinals

Lowell Catholic 60, Maimonidies 44 — The Lady Crusaders (14-9) came from behind to make school history as the first girls team in any sport to advance to the sectional final. Maimonidies (9-5) jumped out to a 9-0 lead, but LC outscored it, 18-5, in the second quarter to take a 28-22 lead at halftime and never looked back. Mary Tibbetts dominated at both ends with 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Maggie Penta led all scorers with 19 points and had six steals. Emily Jussaume chipped in with 7 points and 11 rebounds. Mikayla Patterson, Emily Bartlett, Antonia Mukiibi and Molly Trainor played well on defense. LC will play tomorrow’s Fenway-Mystic Valley winner in the final at Tewksbury on Friday at 7.

Greg Levinsky reported from Whitman-Hanson and Trevor Hass from Eastham.