Kaleigh Matulonis can fist pump all the the way to the Division 1 South semifinals.
With 1:30 remaining, the junior guard settled her feet, rose up and drilled a 3-pointer from the top of the key to propel fourth-seeded Bridgewater-Raynham to its 16th straight win, a 61-53 quarterfinal triumph over fifth-seeded Oliver Ames in Bridgewater on Sunday afternoon.
“Any big shot we hit my emotions are insane,” said Matulonis, who finished with 19 points.
“I always do the fist pump [and] I couldn’t fist pump for myself, but I wanted to.”
Matulonis’s basket, which put B-R (18-4) on top, 54-53, keyed a 10-0 Trojans run to close the game.
“I’m just so proud of this team,” said B-R coach Cheryl Seavey. “We’ve been preaching perseverance from day one. When you persevere, good things will happen.”
B-R will face top-seeded Newton South (21-1) in the semifinals on Tuesday night (7:30, site TBA).
The Trojans used a stifling defensive effort in the first half, forcing Oliver Ames (16-6) into 17 turnovers to take a 26-17 advantage into the break.
The Tigers, who trailed by as much at 17 in the third quarter, would settle down in the final frame to take a pair of late leads, including a 53-51 edge on a layup by senior captain Kayla Raymond (who had a team-high 19 points) with 2:09 remaining.
“I never [lost confidence],” said Matulonis. “I knew 100 percent, my team, we will all step it up and pull it off.”
Freshman Kenzie Matulonis, Kaleigh’s younger sister, netted 6 of her 10 points in the fourth quarter and senior captain Shannon Lynch contributed 14 points for the Trojans.
Division 2 North
Pentucket 41, Newburyport 25 — Sophomore guard Casey Hunt scored 10 points to lead the Sachems (21-2) in a low-scoring quarterfinal matchup.
Division 2 South
Foxborough 75, Stoughton 38 — Senior Ashley Sampson and freshman Katelyn Mollica each scored 22 points to lead the top-seeded Warriors (21-1).
Division 3 South
Archbishop Williams 52, East Bridgewater 33 — Junior Bridgette O’Reilly caught fire early, scoring all 10 of her points in the second quarter to pace the fourth-seeded Bishops. They held on to an 8-7 lead in the opening stages in the second quarter, but churned out a 12-0 spurt to down the fifth-seeded Vikings in Braintree.
“I’m relieved right now,” Archbishop Williams coach Matt Mahoney said. “We knew we had to match their intensity. They’re a high-energy team.”
Senior Asiah Dingle finished with a game-high 16 points for the Bishops(17-3) to go along with four rebounds, three assists and three steals. Junior Sydney Bradbury pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds to go with six points for East Bridgewater.
East Bridgewater took their only lead, 3-2, after a 3-pointer by Bradbury and hung close throughout the first quarter until O’Reilly took over. Her back-to-back 3-pointers sparked a spurt in the second quarter and juniors Monica Spain, Kaitlynn Smith and Dingle added scores to take a 20-7 lead midway through the frame.
“Usually in the second quarter I get on my game,” O’Reilly said. “I was just feeling my 3-pointer. It was on before the game so I just shoot it and see if it goes in.”
Bradbury started out the second half tasked on O’Reilly, denying her the ball on the opening Bishops possession, which prompted Mahoney to call timeout. The Bishops turned it up on the defensive end, holding East Bridgewater scoreless until junior Rachel Dutcher scored to make it 35-18 with less than a minute to play in the third.
“We didn’t want to let them in the game still, just playing our defense,” O’Reilly said.
The Bishops held strong behind a menacing 2-3 zone defense in the final quarter.
Norwell 44, Ursuline 26 — Annie Hilsinger led the top-seeded Clippers (19-2) with 14 points and seven rebounds. Norwell advances to the D3 South sectional semifinals opposite Archbishop Williams.
NEPSAC Class A
Nobles 70, Marianapolis Prep 63 — Freshman forward Caroline Ducharme erupted for a game-high 23 points and stuffed the stat-sheet with six rebounds, two blocks and two steals to help the third-seeded Bulldogs (21-5) capture the NEPSAC Class A title in Dedham.
Trailing the first-seeded Knights (14-9) for much of the first half, Nobles closed the half on a high note when Ducharme splashed a 35-foot, buzzer-beating 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 27-24.
“It gave us a tremendous amount of momentum,” said Nobles coach Alex Gallagher “She had not had her best half, but I think that really set her up down the line to become MVP. When she starts to roll, we’re a pretty good basketball team.”
Five second half lead changes came to a close on buckets by freshman Sydney Jones and senior Ashley Ducharme (13 points, 7 rebounds) gave Nobles their first two possession lead, 47-43 with 5:36 left. Ducharme dominated down the stretch netting a clutch 3-pointer to keep Nobles ahead for good and senior Marnelle Garraud (18 points ) closed with sound ball-handling and free-throw shooting.
Senior Sophia Widmeyer led Marianapolis Prep with 23 points. Junior Olivia Summiel added 17 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots.
“Our kids never gave up and never backed down from any challenge,” Gallagher said. “It’s a real blessing and a privilege to coach this team and I am just really humbled by it.”
NESPAC Class AA
Worcester Academy 59, Tabor 54 — The top-seeded Rams (25-2) enjoyed a full-team effort to knock off the second-seeded Seawolves (17-3) on Sunday night in Dedham headlined by junior center Aliyah Boston’s 15 point, 14 rebound, seven block performance.
Boston, the No. 1 ranked post player in the class of 2019 in the entire country, according to ESPN HooprGurlz, picked up her second foul less than five minutes into the game. But she stayed in and anchored a defense that forced consecutive turnovers and opened up a 9-0 run to take a 13-4 lead midway through the first half.
Trailing by seven at halftime, seniors Erin Hill (6 points, 8 rebounds) and Emma Squires (14 points) helped Tabor go on a 9-0 run to take their first lead, 28-26, but Worcester sophomore Adara Groman (19 points) and junior Kiera Fernandes (16 points) dominated late to pull out the victory.
“I could not be more proud of our entire team,” said Worcester Academy coach Sherry Levin. “Today was the day we wanted to peak, we felt we hadn’t peaked yet. We knew it would be a battle.”Greg Levinsky reported from Braintree and Dedham.