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Jillian Webber leads Andover girls to 12th straight win

North Andover's Faith Connors (1) tried to block  Andover's Gia Bramanti’s shot in the first half.
North Andover's Faith Connors (1) tried to block Andover's Gia Bramanti’s shot in the first half.Mary Schwalm for the boston globe/Boston Globe

Jillian Webber had flashbacks from two seasons ago, when, as a sophomore, she and the Andover girls’ basketball team took an undefeated record on the road to rival North Andover — and lost.

Now a senior, Webber was determined to change the outcome.

The sixth-ranked Golden Warriors (12-1) erased a 6-point halftime deficit to defeat Merrimack Valley Conference rival North Andover, 55-43, on Tuesday night at North Andover.

Led by Webber’s game-high 17 points, Andover rode a second-half surge to to secure its 12th straight win.

“They had a good scheme. We just had to weather the storm and then come out in the second half and play better defense,” said Andover coach EJ Perry. “Now, going forward, it’s just going to be playing that defense in the first half, as well, and build leads.”


The Scarlet Knights (7-6) rushed to a 9-3 advantage on a pair of 3-pointers before the Golden Warriors could find a rhythm. Andover went on an 8-0 run, but a 3-point shot at the buzzer by senior Faith Collins (9 points) ended the quarter.

North Andover continued its quick pace and rode a 25-19 advantage into the break. According to Webber, Andover’s mood at halftime was optimistic.

“I knew that we couldn’t let any more outside shots happen,” she said. “We needed to buckle down on defense.”

And it was Webber who sparked a 6-0 run midway through the third quarter to give the Golden Warriors a 38-35 lead heading to the final frame before she exited with a knee injury.

“We just wanted revenge, and that sunk in sophomore year,” said Webber. “When we lost to them, we were undefeated until that point, and I think we came out with vengeance and knew we had to bring it back in favor of Andover.”

Webber said she tweaked her knee in the opening seconds of the game and tried to play through it. But the pain increased in the third quarter and she had to leave the game.


Still, she expects to play Friday against Billerica.

Sophomore Emma LiPorto led the Scarlet Knights with 11 points and six rebounds.

Andover senior forward Alyssa Casey, who is committed to Merrimack, tallied a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

“We’re 12-1, we’ve won 12 in a row,” said Perry. “We really are getting confident that we can play with anyone, anywhere, anytime.”

Andover's Jillian Weber, driving against North Andover's Grace Liporto, scored a game-high 17 points.
Andover's Jillian Weber, driving against North Andover's Grace Liporto, scored a game-high 17 points.Mary Schwalm for the Boston Globe

Braintree 55, Natick 39 — Senior Keelah Dixon netted a game-high 17 points to spark the second-ranked Wamps (9-2). Junior Jenna Roche and and sophomore Adriana Timberlake added 7 apiece in the Bay State Conference win. For the Redhawks, sophomore Claire Gaziano (12 points) and senior Skylar Schmidt (10 points) led the way.

Pope John 58, Mt. Alvernia 36 — Sophomore twins Katty (19 points, 13 rebounds) and Korine Haidul (15 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks) paced the Mustangs (8-4).

Milton 37, Weymouth 30 — Junior guard Shannon Middleton buried a pair of late three-balls, her only points of the game, to lift the Wildcats (5-6). Joanna Needham had 12 points.

Mansfield 65, Sharon 18 — Junior Ann Maher shot lights out in the first half, going a school record 8 for 8 from beyond the arc for the 12th-ranked Hornets (10-3). Junior Meg Hill was 7 for 8 from the field, picking up 14 points in the win.


Cohasset 46, Carver 44 — Freshman Bella Farren led the Skippers (7-3) in scoring with 11 points and junior Zoe Doherty chipped in 10 points of her own.

Amesbury 40, Newburyport 39 — Senior Abby Sartori (11 points) hit the game-winning 3, and sophomore Flannery O’Connor’s 12 points led the Indians’ (13-1) to a late victory.

Revere 81, Gloucester 48 — The fourth-ranked Patriots (12-0) stayed undefeated behind a 30-point, 10-rebound performance from junior Valentina Pepic. Junior Pamela Gonzalez (12 points) and senior Meaghan Gotham (12 points, 13 rebounds) also had strong performances.

Shawsheen 46, Minuteman 21 — Sophomore guard Shannon Fitzgerald contributed 11 points and seven steals for the Rams (6-5).

Wayland 53, Bedford 33 — Sydney Hsu (17 points, 8 rebounds) and Darby Leid (11 points, 6 steals, 4 rebounds) led the Warriors (8-4) to the DCL win.

Essex Tech 50, Northeast 22 — Sophomore Ali Vienneau tallied 15 points, six rebounds, and five steals for the Hawks (6-6). Sophomore Gabby Scibilia added 10 points, four rebounds, and three steals.

Plymouth North 41, Pembroke 39 — Senior Joie Grassi (21 points) buried the go-ahead basket with 1.2 seconds left for the Blue Eagles. Sophomore Katie Galligan finished with 16 points, and senior Leanne Galanek had 6 points and 13 rebounds.

Apponequet 42, Greater New Bedford 37 — Sophomore Sophia Gaucher filled the stat sheet for the Lakers (8-3) with 12 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals. New Bedford’s Payton Wildrick scored 19 points.


Wakefield 53, Winchester 33 — Junior Olivia Dziadyk scored 15 points for the No. 17 Warriors (10-1).

Lexington 61, Stoneham 43 — The Minutemen (5-6) were led by sophomore guard Sydney Porter (16 points).

Bourne 54, Dighton-Rehoboth 53 — Sophomore Emma Fenton hit the winning basket for the Canalwomen (9-4 overall) with 45.7 seconds left in regulation, and finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds, and nine blocks. Freshman Kaya Fernandez added 10 points.

Franklin 54, Canton 30 — Senior forward Carli Koffinke led the Panthers (4-7) with 16 points.

Wareham 46, Case 29 — Freshman Tiara Duarte (18 points) and junior Gabby Lefrancois (17 points) powered the Vikings (3-9).

Pentucket 64, Ipswich 24 — Senior guard Colleen Jameson led the 10-3 Sachems with 12 points.

Walpole 65, Framingham 31 — Senior Kelly Fogarty poured in a game-high 30 points to lead the 15th-ranked Rebels (8-3). Sophomore Jill White tacked on 9 points and eight rebounds.

Westwood 41, Medway 38 — Senior Allie Morin led the Wolverines (9-3) with 16 points.

Coyle & Cassidy 52, Somerset Berkley 30 — Sophomore Sam Hourihon produced 18 points, eight rebounds,and seven blocks for the 19th-ranked Warriors (19-1). Rachael Johnson added 15 points.

Whitman-Hanson 62, Plymouth South 37 — Seniors Sophie O’Brien (15 points) and Chloe Roberts (12 points) sparked the Panthers (7-5) in the win.

Lynn Classical 52, Salem 24 — Junior Paris Wilkey scored 21 points for the Rams (11-2).

Needham 61, Norwood 39 — Sophomore point guard Marianna Jantzen scored 27 points for the Rockets (5-7).


Newton North 53, Wellesley 37 — Senior point Sayawni Lassister (27 points, 8 assists) put the Bay State Conference matchup out of reach midway through the fourth quarter with a pair of treys and a few dazzling assists for the fifth-ranked Tigers (8-1).

Medford 57, Somerville 38 — Seniors Sam Morin (10 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists) and Abby McCarthy (7 points, 11 rebounds) lifted the Mustangs (5-6).

Bridgewater-Raynham 46, New Bedford 28 — Senior Kelly Page scored 12 first-half points and grabbed six rebounds as the visiting Trojans (7-7) held New Bedford to just one field goal over a 19-minute span.

Arlington Catholic 54, Austin Prep 35 — Senior guard Julia Matera netted 20 points on five 3-pointers for the Cougars (9-2).

Medfield 53, Norton 31 — Junior guard Maggie McCarthy led the way with 19 points, 12 rebounds and six steals for the Warriors (9-1).

Peabody 57, Marblehead 33 — The Tanners (5-4) were led by senior captains Alyssa Alperen (12 points) and Katie Wallace (10 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 steals).

Falmouth 49, Sandwich 36 — Junior Olivia Ferraro (17 points, 15 rebounds) and senior Jenni DiCecco (15 points, 10 rebounds, 4 steals) led the way for the Clippers (7-2).

Greater Lowell 54, Notre Dame (Tyngsborough) 35 — Sophomore Michaela Kelly put up 19 points for the Gryphons (7-4).

Scituate 52, Silver Lake 48 — Jaycie Rojik (15 points) and Mel Stewart (13 points) led the way for the Sailors.

Hamilton-Wenham 47, North Reading 46 — Senior forward Coleen Blatchford hit two free throws with four seconds remaining to secure the win for the Generals (7-3). Junior Cecily Szady grabbed a game-high 20 rebounds. Katarina Hassapis scored 20 points for North Reading.

Saugus 28, Beverly 23 — Senior forward Olivia Valente led the way with 11 points for the Panthers (10-3).

Wilmington 46, Arlington 36 — Junior center Caroline Andersen led the Wildcats (8-4) with 12 points while senior captain Christina Woods had 9.

Watertown 47, Woburn 40 — Cousins Cali and Hannah McMahon led the Raiders (9-2) with 20 and 12 points, respectively.

Foxborough 56, Taunton 33 — Juniors Ashley Sampson (17 points) and Grace Tamulilnis (16 points) led the way for the Warriors (6-2).

Stoughton 59, King Philip 54 — Tough defense in overtime made the difference for the Black Knights (4-7). Junior Val Whalen finished with 21 points and 21 rebounds for Stoughton.

Dracut 64, Methuen 62 — Junior Melissa Iannuzzo tallied 31 points, nine rebounds and three assists for the Middies (1-6), and freshman guard Ashliegh Cox added 12 points.

Hingham 41, North Quincy 23 — Junior captain Haley Blasetti (12 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists) led the way for the Harbormen (8-2), with freshman Grace Bennis adding 11 points too.

Boys’ basketball

Newton North 57, Wellesley 47 — Senior guard Theo Shore paced the seventh-ranked Tigers (10-2).

O’Bryant 74, Quincy Upper 29 — Senior guard Uche Igbokwe chipped in 10 points and five assists for the No. 18 Tigers (8-3) against Boston United (2-5).

Dighton-Rehoboth 59, Bourne 58 — Behind 19 points from senior Arthur Correia, the visiting Falcons (5-8) led the entire way and held on at the end when the Canalmen (9-3) failed to convert their final possession. Senior Jacob Ashworth led Bourne with 18 points.

Lincoln-Sudbury 60, Waltham 53 — Junior Travis Surin (23 points) hit the go-ahead 3-pointer for the Warriors (6-6) with just under a minute to play.

Scituate 70, Silver Lake 65 — Freshman Jack Poirier (13 points) made four free throws to win it for the Sailors. Junior Abel Lopes Jr. led the Sailors with 23 points, while sophomore Aden Sullivan added 11 points.

Melrose 44, Reading 42 — Senior point guard T’Mehri Mercer (12 points) converted his own steal into the winning basket with two seconds left to lift the Red Raiders (8-3).

Beverly 68, Saugus 56 — Junior Luigi Verrane tallied 32 points, seven rebounds, and five steals for the Panthers (8-2).

Monomoy 54, Nantucket 46 — Seniors Chris Mazulis (15 points) and Sam Reed (14 points, six rebounds) lifted the Sharks (8-4).

Newton South 49, Bedford 48 — For the second time this season, junior point guard Robbie Hodin hit a late 3-pointer to win the game, this time with 11 seconds remaining in the contest. The Lions improve to 7-5.

Cohasset 61, Carver 45 — Junior Chase Bomeisler had 22 points while sophomore Thatcher Stone added 16 for the Skippers (9-3).

Canton 46, Franklin 42 — Junior forward Tony Harris scored 15 points with five rebounds for the Bulldogs (6-5). Sophomore Devin Foster added 12 points and four rebounds.

Hanover 53, Quincy 49 — Junior JP Landry scored 18 points, including four clinching free throws in the final minute, as the visiting Indians (10-2) pulled out the Patriot League win. Ugo Kamalu had 13 of his 15 minutes in the first half for the Presidents (8-4).

Holliston 82, Ashland 66 — Juniors Dylan Kasarjian and Ryan Benco scored 15 and 13 points, respectively, while sophomore Spencer Aronson added 11 points for the Panthers (10-1).

Matignon 56, St. Clement 55 — Senior guard Chris Blacquier (13 points) drained a game-clinching three in the final minute for the Warriors (11-1).

Apponequet 67, Greater New Bedford 56 — Junior Andy Johnson notched 23 points for the Lakers (8-2).

Westwood 58, Medway 45 — Junior forward Nick Anderson scored 25 points for the Wolverines (9-3).

Arlington 62, Wilmington 36 — Senior Colin McNamara (22 points) and junior Dom Black (13 points, 12 rebounds) led the No. 20 Spy Ponders (10-1).

Winchester 53, Wakefield 52 — The Sachems (6-5) were able to hold off Wakefield’s late surge behind junior forward Mario DiBenedetto’s 13 points.

Central Catholic 82, Tewksbury 39 — Junior forward Almando Marinez powered the 10th-ranked Raiders (10-1) with 14 points and eight rebounds.

Marblehead 75, Peabody 56 — Junior forward Derek Marino led the way with 27 points and eight rebounds for the Magicians (11-2).

Hamilton-Wenham 66, North Reading 34 — The Generals (9-2) were led in scoring by senior forward Nick Demarino’s 19 points.

Somerville 60, Medford 49 — Junior Lucas St. Jean had 19 points, while senior Craig Thomson scored 17 points and pulled down 14 rebounds for the Highlanders (7-5).

Millis 66, Bellingham 50 — Senior forward Carter Burruss scored 12 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for the Mohawks (9-4).

Cathedral 83, Cardinal Spellman 78 — Senior guard Calvin Cheek poured in 31 points and the visiting Panthers (9-4) forced 31 turnovers for the Catholic Central win in Brockton.

Catholic Memorial 69, Xaverian 63 — The Knights (7-3) led by as many as 25 in the third quarter, but a strong comeback from the Hawks cut it to just 4 points before coming up short and losing by 6.

Milton 68, Weymouth 56 — Junior forward Eddie Hassell dropped 26 points for the Wildcats (6-4).

Needham 49, Norwood 37 — Junior Thomas Shaugnessy led fifth-ranked Rockets (11-0) with 16 points and five steals.

Norwell 60, Randolph 54 — Junior guard Ethan Robbins scored 22 points for the Clippers (9-2).

East Boston 71, CASH 57 — Junior Anthony Lewis led the Jets (1-9) with 16 points, four rebounds and three assists.

Taunton 73, Foxborough 72 — Senior Tommy MacLean (15 points) hit two free throws to send the game into overtime. The Tigers (10-4) pulled away in the extra period of play after a layup from sophomore Lou Vendrell. Freshman Dante Law netted 21 points in the victory.

Brookline 69, Dedham 59 — Sophomores Chris Camille (26 points) and Christian Andrews (14 points) paced the Warriors (8-3).

North Attleborough 62, Attleboro 55 — Senior center Jonny Friberg scored 24 points while pulling down 10 rebounds for the Red Rocketeers (8-4). Point guard Brent Doherty added 17 points and seven rebounds.

Rockland 60, Mashpee 52 — Junior Zach Sharland scored 17 points for the Bulldogs (8-5).

Hingham 92, North Quincy 81 — Senior center Logan Larsen and sophomore guard John Gates each tallied 20 points for the Harbormen (5-5).

Whitman-Hanson 61, Plymouth South 36 — Senior captain Nikko Raftes scored 15 points in just over two quarters of play to pace the Panthers (9-1).

Plymouth North 63, Pembroke 61 — Freshman Jayquan Leonard led the Blue Eagles (3-8) with 15 points, followed by sophomore Cam Potter with 11 points, and Junior Donnie Cohoon with 9 points.

Bridgewater-Raynham 81, New Bedford 64 — Griffin Perry led all scorers with 24 points. The No. 12 Trojans are 10-2 on the season.

Walpole 59, Framingham 52 — Senior Brett von Klock had 14 points, and 10 rebounds, while sophomore Matt Falvey scored 12 points, and six assists for the Rebels (4-8).

Durfee 60, Dartmouth 44 — Sophomore Nilin Nehra scored 13 points for the Hilltoppers (7-6).

Oliver Ames 61, Milford 56 — Junior Jack Spillane scored 21 and senior Carter Evin added 18 points to lead the visiting Tigers (6-6).

Boys’ hockey

Bellingham 9, Stoughton 1 — Senior Owen Haley scored five goals for the Blackhawks.

Girls’ hockey

Ursuline 4, King Philip 3 — Senior Nicole Pollis scored a power play goal with 43 seconds remaining in regulation, helping the Bears improve to 4-4-1.

Beverly 8, Marblehead 1 — Senior forward Izzy Primack managed four goals and two assists for the third ranked Panthers (9-1), raising her career point total to 101.

Boys’ gymnastics

Burlington 158, Lowell 146½ — Three Red Devils gymnasts scored career-bests: freshman Sam Gillis (5.0 on floor), freshman Chris Ganshirt (5.2 on high bar), and senior Devanchu Soni (7 on rings). Junior Cody Davison scored an 8 on the high bar, and senior captain Anthony Petrizzi had a 7.8 on vault.

Boys’ indoor track

St. John’s (Shrewsbury) 59, Malden Catholic 35 — Senior Brendan Hamilton won the long jump (19 feet, 6 inches), high jump (5 feet, 6 inches), and 55-meter hurdles (8.54) to lead the host Pioneers (4-1) past the Lancers (0-5).

Boys’ swimming

Natick 98, Newton North 86 — Juniors Kevin Zheng (200 IM, 100 butterfly) and Evan Walker (50 and 100 freestyles) were double winners for the visiting Redhawks (7-4).

Coed swimming

Masconomet 89, Mystic Valley 81 — Heading into the final race of the meet, the Chieftains (7-0) were losing, but two wins in the 400-yard freestyle relay clinched the win over the Eagles. For Mystic Valley, Michael Leung achieved a career-best time of 52.33 in the 100-yard freestyle.

Greater Lowell 92, Shawsheen 86 — Sophomore Jaenald Javier won the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke as the Gryphons (9-0) picked up the win.

Peabody 91, Revere 74 — Conor McCarthy won the 200-yard individual medley and qualified for sectionals with a victory in the 100-yard freestyle for the Tanners (5-3).

Globe correspondents Tyler BlintWelsh and Karl Capen contributed to this report. To report scores, call 617-929-2860/3235 or e-mail hssports@globe.com.