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Ariana Vanderhoop carries Cathedral to CCL-clinching win

Cathedral’s Ariana Vanderhoop (23) eyes a pass as Asiah Dingle of Archbishop Williams (3) defends the play in Friday night’s Catholic Central matchup in Braintree.
Cathedral’s Ariana Vanderhoop (23) eyes a pass as Asiah Dingle of Archbishop Williams (3) defends the play in Friday night’s Catholic Central matchup in Braintree.Debee Tlumacki/For the Globe

When junior guard Dejah Jenkins picked up her second foul less than a minute into play of Friday night’s Catholic Central showdown against host Archbishop Williams, Cathedral girls’ basketball coach Clinton Lassiter turned to Ariana Vanderhoop.

In her sixth week back on the court in her comeback from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, the sophomore guard delivered 16 points and 10 rebounds to power the second-ranked Panthers past third-ranked Archies, 58-55, at Braintree in a clash of reigning state champions.

“She’s finding her legs, getting more confident,” Lassiter said. “It’s the right time for her to be peaking.”

Vanderhoop, who netted the winning basket in the teams’ first meeting on Jan. 12 (71-68), said her recovery was rough at the beginning. “My first two games it didn’t feel the same,” she said. “It took time, but I’m getting there.”


The season sweep of the Bishops (14-2, 9-2 CCL) is a boost of confidence for a young Panther squad (14-2, 11-0).

Archbishop Williams trailed, 18-11, entering the second quarter, but senior guard Asiah Dingle (game-high 26 points, five steals) scored 4 points and assisted on a pair of baskets to tie the game, 20-20, midway through the second quarter.

Vanderhoop (9 second-quarter points) hit a triple before stealing the ensuing inbound pass and adding a layup as Cathedral took a 36-31 halftime lead.

“You need the adversity because you need to see who will fight through,” Lassiter said.

Archbishop Williams coach Matt Mahoney said his team “just couldn’t get that ball when we had to. We’re just as good as anybody else, we just have to make a few baskets every now and then.”

Lassiter opted with a 2-3 zone midway through the third quarter to combat Dingle’s drives. Jenkins, who sat most of the first half, returned and provided sound ballhandling.


“We hardly ever play zone,” Lassiter said. “But Asiah had the look in her eyes that she was going to take over so we tried to neutralize her as much as possible.”

After an improbable between-the-legs save by sophomore Mackenzie Daleba (9 points, 8 rebounds), Jenkins added her first field goal, a triple, to push the cushion to 54-48 with 6:11 left, the Panthers’ largest lead since the opening quarter.

Archbishop Williams closed within 55-52, with 1:13 left, but Cathedral put the game away on free throws from Taliyah Countrymon and Jenkins.

Dingle missed a late three and Cathedral gained possession with one second left.

“In order to be the champ, you’ve got to dethrone the champ,“ said Lassiter after his squads halted the Bishops’ four-year reign as league champion. “To be the CCL champs is amazing.”

Archbishop Williams’s Monica Spain drives to the basket in the first half as Cathedral's Taliyah Countrymon looks on Friday night.
Archbishop Williams’s Monica Spain drives to the basket in the first half as Cathedral's Taliyah Countrymon looks on Friday night.Debee Tlumacki/For the Globe

Amesbury 63, Manchester Essex 60 — Sophomore Allie Napoli scored 21 points for the host Indians (11-5).

Pembroke 51, Hanover 36 — Sophomore guard Katie Galligan led host Titans (8-10) with 16 points.

Hopkinton 56, Medfield 38 — Lillian Morningstar led the host Hillers (13-4) with 17 points and Regan Keavany added 15.

Fontbonne 38, Marshfield 35 — Sophomore Tasha Lima notched a double-double to lead the 17th-ranked Ducks (13-2), scoring 10 points and bringing down 10 rebounds.

Melrose 56, Watertown 38 — Senior Alexis Doherty (18 points) led the Red Raiders.

Notre Dame (Hingham) 59, Cardinal Spellman 49 — Sophomores Haley Roberts (15 points, 13 rebounds) and Olivia Gauley (13 points, 9 rebounds) led the Cougars (8-9) past the Cardinals.


Billerica 65, Dracut 25 — Senior forward Melissa Iannuzzo scored 19 points in the loss for the Middies.

Wayland 59, Concord-Carlisle 56 — Emma Kiernan (16 points, 7 rebounds) and Naomi Lathan (16 points, 7 rebounds, 4 steals) led the host Warriors (9-7).

Melrose 56, Watertown 38 — Senior Alexis Doherty (18 points) led the Red Raiders.

Hingham 56, Whitman-Hanson 52 — Sophomore guard Grace Bennis registered 16 points for the Harborwomen (8-8).

Bristol Aggie 49, South Shore Voc-Tech 28 — Tiffany Cabral led all scorers with 25 points for the host Chieftains (9-8).

Duxbury 43, Scituate 42 — Senior Alli Cavallo (18 points) and freshman Teagan Curran (14) delivered double-figure performances and sophomore Sophie Thompson drilled a pivotal three in the second half for the Dragons (12-4, 11-2 Patriot League).

St. Mary’s 70, Austin Prep 50 — Sophomore Gabby Torres (19 points) and junior Pamela Gonzalez (17) sparked the Spartans (12-6) to the Catholic Central win and a berth in the state tourney.

Pentucket 47, Newburyport 39 — Junior center Liv Cross lifted the 18th-ranked Sachems (17-1) with 17 points.

Natick 65, Needham 55 — Freshman Brenna McDonald powered the No. 13 Redhawks (13-3).

Mt. Alvernia 45, Chelsea 27 — Senior forward Dakota O’Brian netted 22 points, 15 rebounds, and 5 assists for the Mustangs (8-8).

Pope John 39, Saint Joseph Prep 36 — Sophomore Kylie Paulding carried the Tigers (7-10) with an all-around stellar performance of 15 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals.


Cohasset 52, Abington 38 — MC Crumley netted 14 points, Elle Hansen added 11,and Deveney Curry had 11 as Skippers locked up the South Shore League’s Tobin Division title.

Northeast 43, Presentation of Mary 42 — Junior Maggie O’Brien (15 points) led the Golden Knights to a state tourney berth.

Winsor 59, Beaver Country Day 56 — Senior guard Maddie Mullin of Wellesley racked up 41 points in the loss for the Mariners (13-5).

Central Catholic 65, Lawrence 22 — Kaylee Thomas had 13 points and 11 rebounds and the Raiders (15-2) clinched at least a share of the Merrimack Valley Conference title.

Matignon 56, Lowell Catholic 54 — Junior Katty Haidul and sophomore Emma Found each had 18 points and the Warriors (15-0) clinched the Catholic Central Small title.

Mansfield 60, Franklin 48 — Center Meg Hill (17 points and 12 rebounds) recorded her 1,000th career point to pace the 10th-ranked Hornets (15-4).

Pingree 51, Governor’s Academy 49 — Junior point guard Colby Shea (35 points) drained the go-ahead basket with three seconds left for the Highlanders (12-5).

Coyle & Cassidy 56, Bishop Stang 34 — Juniors Sam Hourihan (17 points) and Kassidy Fields (16 points) elevated the sixth-ranked Warriors (16-2).

Woburn 53, Reading 41 — Senior forward Rachel Donahue registered 19 points and six rebounds for the Tanners (13-1).

Lynn Classical 49, Marblehead 28 — Paris Wilkey and Irianis Delgado each scored 15 points for the Rams (17-1).

Masconomet 49, North Reading 33 — Sophomore Mak Graves led the Chieftains (15-1) with 18 points.


Bridgewater-Raynham 66, Dartmouth 29 — Junior guard Kylie Piche had 12 points and four steals and the Trojans (13-4) clinched their fifth consecutive Old Colony league title with their 11th straight win.

Greater New Bedford 56, Somerset Berkley 34 — Senior Jayda Forin (28 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, 6 steals) led the Bears (10-7) past the Raiders.

Medway 54, Millis 45 — Riley Childs netted her 1,000th career point in the visiting Mustangs triumph over the Mohawks.

Blue Hills 67, Southeastern 53 — Senior Zahria Woodruffe (14 points) paced the host Warriors (18-0).

New Bedford 59, Sandwich 52 — Janice Leao’s 23 points paced the Whalers past the visiting Blue Knights.

Arlington 51, Lexington 44 — Freshman Ava Connolly scored 14 points and senior Abby Ewen added 13 to lead the Spy Ponders (8-8).

Case 49, Seekonk 39 — Freshman Riley Fitzgerald (15 points) led the Cardinals (3-10) past the Warriors.

Rockland 45, Norwell 40 — Sophomore Caroline Ellie had 19 points and five assists and senior Erika Ochenduszko recorded 13 points and 11 rebounds for the host Bulldogs (14-3).

Swampscott 48, Saugus 45 — Sophomore Molly Granara carried Big Blue (9-8) with 16 points.

Arlington Catholic 44, Bishop Fenwick 38 — Junior guard Erin Donlan scored her 1,000th career point and finished with 26 for the Cougars (8-7).

Boys’ basketball

Southeastern 60, Blue Hills 53 — Isiah Fontes scored 15 points for the host Hawks.

TechBoston 73, Latin Academy 58 — Walter Dew-Hollis carried the second-ranked Bears (15-0), exploding for 37 points, 15 rebounds, and 5 blocks.

Lynnfield 63, Triton 49 — In the loss, senior forward Will Parsons became the sixth 1,000-point scorer in Viking history.

Beverly 67, Peabody 60 — Sophomore forward Jack Crowley emerged for the Panthers (11-5), scoring 20 points and grabbing 16 rebounds.

Middlesex 64, St. Sebastian’s 59 — Tyler Gelormini led the Zebras (12-7) with 17 points.

Apponequet 68, Bourne 36 — Senior guard Andy Johnson recorded his 1,000th career point by posting 20 for the unbeaten Lakers (16-0).

Cathedral 71, Archbishop Williams 51 — Senior Khalil Blair (17 points) and junior Jaequan Chen (17 points) led the Panthers (9-7) past the Bishops.

Canton 86, Sharon 58 — Tony Harris put the Bulldogs (14-3) on his back with 33 points and Devin Foster added 26.

Mansfield 59, Franklin 47 — Senior John McCoy led the way with 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 steals for the No. 12 Hornets (17-2). Sophomore guard Chris Edgehill scored 16 points for the third-ranked Panthers (15-2).

Oliver Ames 57, Attleboro 46 — Senior Jack Spillane scored 31 points for the Tigers (6-10).

Plymouth North 65, Silver Lake 60 — Sophomore Jayquan Leonard led the Eagles with 26 points.

Belmont Hill 71, Thayer 61 — Kevin O’Boy carried Belmont Hill (17-2) with 34 points.

Arlington 60, Lexington 54 — The 18th-ranked Spy Ponders (15-1) were led by 25 points from sophomore guard Bensley Joseph.

Malden 76, Danvers 48 — Senior Fern Berard (23 points, 17 rebounds) led the Golden Tornadoes (12-5) past the Falcons.

Marblehead 41, Lynn Classical 39 — Derek Marino led the way for the Magicians with 17 points and six rebounds.

Pope John 78, Saint Joseph Prep 44 — Senior Marques Bouyer led the Tigers (15-1) with 21 points and 11 rebounds on 8-of-9 shooting.

Mystic Valley 65, Lynn Tech 61 — Junior Ben Soto posted 19 points and Tyler Story and Alfie Tsang added 17 points apiece for the Eagles (13-5).

Methuen 69, Lowell 67 — Freshman Onyera Chibuogwu sank two free throws with 9.7 seconds left for a 4-point cushion as the host Rangers (10-6) stunned the fourth-ranked Red Raiders (14-2), securing a spot in the state tourney. Dante Rivera had 26 points for Methuen. Alex Rivera (29 points) buried six 3s for Lowell.

Catholic Memorial 91, Xaverian 41 — Guard Kani Glover scored 19 points and the eighth-ranked Knights (13-4) clinched the Catholic Conference title.

Cathedral 71, Archbishop Williams 51 — Senior Khalil Blair (17 points) and junior Jaequan Chen (17 points) led the Panthers (9-7) past the Bishops.

Quincy 65, North Quincy 52 — Senior guard Brendan Fitzpatrick scored 19 points for the Presidents (11-5).

Scituate 63, Duxbury 61 — Freshman Kyrell Luc scored 20 points and sophomore captain Jack Poirier added 19 points for the host Sailors (11-5).

Norton 70, Holliston 65 — The Lancers (10-6) received 25 points from junior Griffin McAlear and 24 points from senior Andrew Lynch.

Arlington Catholic 65, Bishop Fenwick 44 — The Cougars (6-10) had four players in double figures as Cam Darber had 12 points and 11 rebounds, Matt Kotzuba had 16 points, T.J. Magliozzi had 14, and Spencer Sullivan had 11.

Nobles 60, BB&N 48 — Senior James Welch led the Bulldogs (11-10) with 24 points.

Wakefield 66, Wilmington 56 — Senior Andrew Miller (21 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists) led the Warriors (5-11) past the Wildcats.

Medford 71, Revere 61 — Junior guard Ryan Cafferky scored a game-high 20 points for the visiting Mustangs (8-8).

Somerville 73, Salem 62 — Sophomore guard Tyler Whitney-Sidney (21 points) and senior guard Lucas Saint-Jean (18 points) boosted the Highlanders (10-5) to state tournament qualification.

Woburn 62, Reading 51 — Junior Ryan Ludwig (21 points) and senior Matt Juko (13 points, 14 rebounds) led the Tanners (12-6) past the Rockets.

Bridgewater-Raynham 83, Dartmouth 67 — Senior point guard Darrius Hyppolite posted 28 points for the Trojans (10-6).

Cohasset 71, Abington 50 — Junior Thatcher Stone (20 points) led the Skippers (11-6) past the Green Wave.

Plymouth North 65, Silver Lake 60 — Sophomore Jayquan Leonard led the Eagles with 26 points.

Boys’ hockey

St. John’s (Shrewsbury) 2, Arlington Catholic 0 — Hunter DiGregorio and Brendan Doherty scored and Corey Splaine made nine saves as the visiting Pioneers (10-3-3) blanked the Cougars (3-7-6).

Roxbury Latin 5, Pingree 3 — Junior forward Aiden Lovett notched a hat trick for the Foxes (10-7-1).

Girls’ hockey

Nobles 1, BB&N 1 — Junior defenseman Rose O’Connor tied it with 1:06 left in regulation for the Bulldogs (17-2-3).

Bishop Fenwick 8, Shawsheen 3 — Freshman Gabby Davern and sophomore Brenna Satterfield lifted the Crusaders (6-7-2) with two goals each.

Archbishop Williams 3, Marblehead 2 — Hannah Bell scored the winning goal with two minutes left for the Bishops (11-4-1), who also received goals from Chelsea Taxter and Maggie Leonard. Goaltender Ali Delmonte contributed 30 saves.

Tabor 3, St. Paul’s 2 — Kelly Browne scored two goals, including the game-winne,r for the host Seawolves.

St. Mark’s 4, Pomfret 2 — Junior Faith Jennings recorded a shorthanded goal and senior Lindsey Dumond added an empty-net goal for the host Lions.

Girls’ indoor track

Whitman-Hanson 49, Pembroke 49 — Senior captain Nicole Norve won the mile (5:27) and junior Maeve McDonough captured the 2-mile (13:16) for the Panthers (1-4-1).

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