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    Cathedral stymies grand effort by St. Mary’s Pamela Gonzalez

    Cathedral's Ariana Vanderhoop (23) tries to breakaway from the hot pursuit of St. Mary’s players Pamela Gonzalez (13) and Ashley Sullivan (11)right, is pursued by St. Mary's players, from left, Pamela Gonzalez, and Ashley Sullivan, during their matchup at Cathedral in a Catholic Central girls' game. Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe (Sports, petrini)
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    Cathedral's Ariana Vanderhoop (23) tries to escape the hot pursuit of St. Mary’s players Pamela Gonzalez (13) and Ashley Sullivan (11).

    St. Mary’s junior guard Pamela Gonzalez scored 22 points to reach 1,000 for her career, but despite her grand effort it wasn’t enough as host Cathedral rode its team defense to a 61-58 Central Catholic conference victory on Monday night.

    The No. 2 Panthers (14-2 overall, 11-0 conference) used a stifling press to deny passing lanes, create turnovers (10 steals) and start fastbreaks in forging a 39-33 lead at halftime.

    When Gonzalez came out for the third quarter, she caught fire, knocking down back-to-back 3-pointers to tie the game, 41-41..


    With 5:41 remaining in the third, Gonzalez finished at the rim with a foul-inducing basket as St. Mary’s bench erupted. The bucket gave the Spartans a 43-41 lead, and it gave the Revere High transfer her 1,000th career point in her first season at St. Mary’s.

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    “I wasn’t even thinking about my 1,000 points,” said Gonzalez, who scored 710 points in her first three seasons at Revere before arriving St. Mary’s this season and increasing her career total to 1,005 points. “I was just thinking about winning the game.”

    She went to the sideline where her coach and teammates had a banner waiting, took a quick photo, and swished the free throw.

    “I was laughing,” Gonzalez said. “It was so exciting, but I knew I had to make the free throw.”

    She did, and finished with 18 points for the Spartans (11-6, 5-5 conference), who wound up suffering the setback.


    “She’s a hell of a player,” Cathedral head coach Clinton Lassiter said of Gonzalez. “We knew we weren’t going to shut her out, we just wanted to make sure that we limited everyone else.”

    The Panthers active defense accomplished that.

    Junior Kaiya Duverna put up 12 points in the game while the 6-foot-1-inch forward protected the rim and cleaned the glass on both ends.

    “She was a cheerleader two years ago,” Lassiter said of Duverna. “To see her progression game by game, practice by practice, it’s been good.”

    Junior guards Amani Boston and Dejah Jenkins combined to score 27, as Cathedral remained undefeated in league play.


    Beaver Country Day 75, Newton Country Day 40 — Senior Maddie Mullin scored 21 points for the host Mariners (13-4).

    Greater New Bedford 48, Dighton-Rehoboth 43 — Junior Jayda Fortin dropped 27 points to lift the host Bears (9-6).

    Matignon 56, Notre Dame (Lawrence) 31 — Sophomore Emma Found led the way with 15 points to lift the host Warriors (13-0). Junior Katty Haidul scored 10 and grabbed 10 rebounds.

    Manchester Essex 50, Rockport 34 — Grace Brennan led the way with 20 points to lift the host Hornets.

    Andover 68, Lawrence 50 — Junior Sarah Sullivan led the host Golden Warriors (8-6) with 12 points.

    Bishop Feehan 55, Bishop Stang 42 — Senior Anna Shaughnessy poured in 25 points to lift the visiting Shamrocks (12-3).

    Blackstone Valley 50, Parker Charter 27 — Victoria Russian and Meghan Leacy both put up 11 points and Isabelle Angelini grabbed 11 rebounds to boost the host Beavers (13-1, 11-0). Tegan Young scored 13 of her 18 points in the fourth quarter for the Panthers (10-5, 6-5).

    West Boylston 58, Innovation Academy 35 — Ashley Smith scored 20 of her 29 points in the first half and Caroline Farrar gathered 13 points and 11 rebounds to propel the visiting Lions (9-6).

    Boys’ basketball

    Matignon 93, Marian 48 — Junior guard Kenny Rezendes scored 18 to pace Matignon (11-3).

    Xaverian 62, O'Bryant 49 — Freshman Ty Murphy scored 16 points to lift the visiting Hawks (7-6). Rivaldo Soares’s 27 points were not enough for the host Tigers (11-7).

    Austin Prep 66, Presentation of Mary 45 — Stephen Reddy notched 24 points, including four 3-pointers, to pace the Cougars (9-3).

    Peabody 84, Revere 52 — Junior guard Chris Cannela had 26 points and seven rebounds for the Tanners (9-6).

    Masconomet 74, Pentucket 73 — Senior Will Schena buried a pair of free throws with six seconds left to seal the game for the visiting Chieftains (10-4).

    North Reading 55, Triton 43 — Junior forward Matt Solecki scored 18 points to lead the Hornets (6-9).

    Saugus 73, Northeast 59 — Sophomore Christian Correia led the way with 16 points to lift the Sachems (3-12). Senior Vinny Cirame added 15 and 10 assists.

    Norwell 62, Carver 41 — Senior guard Matt Cawthorne scored a career-high 18 points for the Clippers (10-5) as they clinched their 22nd consecutive trip to the state tournament.

    Pembroke 60, Dennis-Yarmouth 50 — Tyler Spencer had 24 points to lead the Titans (7-9), including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer before halftime for his 1,000th career point.

    Boys’ hockey

    Hingham 6, Franklin 2 — Marshall Terres had the hat trick as the No. 5 Harbormen (8-3-5) rolled over the No. 7 Panthers (12-2-3).

    Ben Minkin, Joe Sullivan and Jake Higgins also scored for the Harbormen. Brendan O'Reilly and CJ Spillane lit the lamp for the Panthers.

    Malden Catholic 4, Bishop Guertin 1 — Senior Ryan Noonan (Malden) netted a pair of shorthanded goals and senior Sal Paci (11 saves) earned the win in his first career start for the Lancers (5-8-4).

    Silver Lake 13, Cardinal Spellman 3 — Ryan Sullivan had the hat trick and Nick Solari, Dave Marani, and Bobby Guilford added two goals apiece in the Lakers’ rout.

    Norton 8, Stoughton 5 — Brendan Heayden netted his third goal of the game to erase a 5-3 deficit and lift the host Lancers (5-9-2).

    Girls’ hockey

    Natick 3, Algonquin/Hudson 2 — Junior Molly Burns netted the game-winner with under a minute on the clock to lift the visiting Redhawks (10-3-2).

    Framingham 2, Auburn 2 — Amalia Monson scored twice but the host Rockets (3-8-3) managed a tie against the Flyers.

    Shrewsbury 5, Longmeadow 2 — Delaney Couture collected two goals and an assist as the Colonials (14-0-1, 7-0 Central/West) topped the Lancers (7-5, 3-2) to clinch the Central/West league for the seventh consecutive season. Shrewsbury’s Olivia Cwalinski, Lauren Moran and Grace Felicio all scored and Riley MacCausland had 21 saves.

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