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No. 1 Bishop Feehan edges No. 3 Braintree in girls’ basketball

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In what has become one of the state’s more exciting girls’ basketball rivalries, top-ranked Bishop Feehan edged No. 3 Braintree, 52-46, on Monday to claim the Division 1 title at the Comcast/IAABO Board 27 tournament at Malden Catholic High.

Junior forward Anna Shaughnessy registered a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds to pace the defending state champions.


“I’m very, very proud of my girls,” said Bishop Feehan coach Michael Deady. “They were outstanding. I think they really stood tall, but what a game Braintree gave us. They always give us a great game.”

In a game that had several lead changes, the Wamps (16-4) held a 2-point edge at the half. But Shaughnessy quickly led the Shamrocks (17-2) to a 3-point advantage after three quarters.

Feehan kept the momentum until sophomore guard Adriana Timberlake drained a 3-pointer from the corner to put Braintree ahead by 1 with 2:30 left.

But in the final minute, Shamrocks senior center Marissa Fontaine converted two clutch baskets to secure the win.

“At the end, we knew we had to work together to get open,” said Fontaine, who has committed to play at Bentley. “We went high pick-and-roll just to open up a side to get something going, and they switched, which meant I had a mismatch, so we were able to capitalize on that.”


It was yet another chapter in a rivalry that never fails to disappoint. After winning state titles in 2014 and 2015, and also its first 22 games last season, the Wamps fell to Bishop Feehan, 59-44, in last year’s Division 1 South final.

The teams met again Dec. 28 in Attleborough, with the Shamrocks escaping with a 61-60 win.

Round 3 on Monday was just as competitive.

“It’s unbelievable. It just makes winning the games that much more meaningful,” said Deady of the rivalry. “We earned it, but that’s because of [Braintree coach] Kristen [McDonnell] and her girls that do a wonderful job.”

“This tournament was awesome to get us ready for the [state] tournament,” said Fontaine, whose Shamrocks wrap up the regular season Wednesday at North Attleborough. “This is the best of the best to play against, and obviously playing against Braintree, you don’t get better games than that.”

Braintree, which had won the last three Comcast tournaments, was led by Keelah Dixon’s 21 points and five rebounds.

“That’s why we’re here,” said Deady. “We’re here to play the best teams in the state, and we did that today. It doesn’t get any tougher than this.”

Arlington 41, Bayview Academy (R.I.) 33 — Junior Ellie Demaree scored 19 points to lead the Spy Ponders (2-18) in the Spartan Classic at St. Mary’s.

Westford 67, Hanover 58 — Angela Alibrandi poured in 20 points and Emily Bramanti added 14 as the No. 6 Grey Ghosts (18-2) won the Division 2 title at Comcast/IAABO Board 27 tournament at Malden Catholic.

Medford 52, Lawrence 30 — Senior Abby McCarthy tallied 8 points and seven rebounds and Hallie Farrell added 8 points and 10 boards for the Mustangs (10-9).

Mystic Valley 42, Winchester 24 — Junior guard Menel Lamadzema poured in 25 points for the Eagles (14-4).

Bishop Fenwick 51, Beverly 41 — Jaxson Nadeau (17 points) paced the Crusaders in the consolation game of the Larry McIntyre IAABO Board 130 Classic.

Andover 48, Cambridge 43 — Senior Jillian Webber netted 21 points to power the fourth-ranked Golden Warriors (19-1) to their 19th straight win in the championship game of the Tucscan Brands Round Ball Classic at Central Catholic. With one minute remaining in the fourth quarter and the score tied, sophomore guard Gia Bramanti hit a 3-pointer to give Andover the lead. Bramanti finished with 10 points.

Fontbonne 43, Archbishop Williams 42 — The Bishops’ Asiah Dingle led all scorers with 19 points, but junior Annabelle Larnard (16 points) hit a pair of foul shots with 12 seconds left to give the Ducks (17-3) the victory in the Westwood Riley Classic championship.

Newton South 53, Masconomet 39 — Tournament MVP Veronica Burton scored 18 points–giving her 44 in two days–to lead the Lions.

Mt. Alvernia 67, Chelsea 46 — Senior Luca Pellegrini and junior Dakota O’Bryant led the scoring for the Mustangs (15-5) with 21 and 20 points, respectively

Falmouth Academy 71, Pembroke 44 — Junior guard Kendall Currence led all scorers with 31 points for the Mariners (20-1). Senior forward Eliza Van Voorhis chipped in with a 19-point, 12-rebound double-double.

Boys’ basketball

Arlington 65, Malden Catholic 63 — The Spy Ponders outlasted the Lancersto clinch the Division 2 boys’ title in the Comcast/Board 27 Classic in Malden. Senior cocaptain Colin McNamara led Arlington (19-1) with 19 points. Freshman guard Bensley Joseph chipped in 16 points and 5 assists.

Arlington took a 39-24 lead into the break off a furious 18-4 run in the first half. Malden Catholic seniors Jonah St. Clair and Michael Boyd keyed a 21-3 run to knot the score at 63, but Spy Ponders junior co-captain Dominic Black hit the game-winning jumper as the shot clock expired to put his team back up by two points with 2.7 seconds remaining. St. Clair finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds, both game-highs. Boyd added 17.

Everett 85, Lowell 59 — Seniors Theo Zidor and Jordan McAfee have an unmistakable chemistry, always seeming to complement each other in key moments when the Crimson Tide are in need of a boost.

On the Crimson Tide’s home floor, the two big men continued their attack on overmatched opponents, leading second-ranked Everett (16-1) over No. 12 Lowell (14-5). Zidor finished with a double-double (26 points, 14 rebounds), while McAfee poured in 16.

Franklin 70, Cardinal Spellman 66 — The 10th-ranked Panthers (17-4) received 22 points from Josh Macchi in the nonleague win. Freshman Craig Faria had 26 for Spellman.

Needham 82, Newton North 71 — Junior guard Thomas Shaughnessy finished with a game-high 31 points to lead the 14th-ranked Rockets (17-5) in the Division 1 consolation game of the Comcast/Board 27 Tournament.

Revere 69, Arlington Catholic 60 — Senior guard Curtis High (28 points) paced the host Patriots (11-8) in the championship game of the General Patton tourney.

Natick 64, Danvers 61 — The Redmen (13-7) fell into a 24-8 hole in the first half before surging to tie the game at 44 at the end of three quarters. With a minute remaining in the game and the score knotted at 59, Natick junior Kyle DeWitt hit a 3-pointer to seal the comeback win. Junior captain Peter Ryan led the Redmen with 12 points.

Masconomet 65, Bishop Fenwick 64 — Dan Monagle paced the Chieftains (6-12) with 22 points. Isaiah Cashwell-Doe had 28 for Fenwick.

Austin Prep 94, Northeast 47 — Senior Dave Richard recorded a triple-double with 32 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds for the Cougars (11-9).

Foxborough 69, Randolph 58 — Senior Andrew Block scored 14 points to lead the Warriors (10-9).

Holliston 79, Framingham 71 — Junior captain Andrew Lynch lifted the Panthers (15-5) to an overtime victory in the Keough Classic championship game with 27 points. Ryan Benco, a junior for the Panthers, scored 6 of his 7 points in the overtime period.

Westwood 65, Wellesley 52 — Senior Tim Giovino scored 9 points for the Wolverines (17-3).

Catholic Memorial 88, Brookline 79 — Senior Ulyen Coleman led the Knights (14-5) with 23 points. Brookline sophomore Chris Camille led all scorers with 37.

Oliver Ames 66, Walpole 53 — Junior Jack Spillane scored 25 points for the Tigers (12-10).

Melrose 77, Lynnfield 72 — Senior guard T’mahri Mercer (42 points, 6 steals, 4 assists, 4 rebounds) helped the Red Raiders (13-6) come back from a 16-point third-quarter deficit to take down No. 18 Lynnfield.

Pope John 67, Wakefield 47 — Senior guard Travon Ford led all scorers with 31 points for the Tigers (13-6).

Norwell 62, Hingham 51 — Senior forward Jake Smith scored 22 points and snared 14 rebounds for the Clippers (16-3).

Tech Boston 87, New Bedford 62 — Junior forwards Walter Dewhollis and Ty Blake combined for 43 points and 26 rebounds to lift Tech (14-3).

Lexington Christian 77, Providence Country Day 59 — Senior forward Ethan Tanner led all scorers with 29 points for the Lions (6-10). Trey Scaro, a senior, added 12 points and 12 rebounds.

St. John’s Prep 65, Beverly 61 — The Eagles came back from a 13-point deficit to win the Larry McIntire IAABO Board 130 Classic championship behind tournament MVP Tommy O’Neill’s 21 points.

Marblehead 68, Tewksbury 54 — Junior Derek Marino scored 11 points for the Magicians (18-1), while senior captain Bo Millett added 12 rebounds.

Malden 65, Haverhill 55 — Junior forward Louis LaConte scored 21 points and pulled down 10 boards for the Golden Tornadoes (13-5).

Mansfield 66, Brockton 42 — Senior Sam Goldberg led the No. 3 Hornets (19-2) with 15 points.

Concord-Carlisle 69, Bedford 59 — The Patriots (14-5) clinched a share of the Dual County League small division title behind a 20-point, 15-rebound effort from senior center David Poor.

Boys’ hockey

Norwood 4, King Philip 1 — Senior Charlie Gover and freshman Anthony Marchant each tallied a goal and assist to lead the Mustangs (8-10-2).

Bishop Feehan 5, Old Rochester 4 — Senior Kyle Browne potted two goals to lift the Shamrocks.

Cohasset 6, Whitman-Hanson 3 — Mike McKelvey’s hat trick paced the Skippers (10-6-1). Alex Uva had two goals for the Panthers.

North Reading 7, Sandwich 2 — Junior defender Kevin Murphy scored twice for the Fighting Hornets (15-1-3), who will face Lowell Catholic in the John Hayes Memorial Tournament championship game tomorrow night.

Dedham 8, Saint Joseph Prep 2 — Senior captain Jake Moulton lit the lamp five times for the Marauders.

Girls’ hockey

Notre Dame (Hingham) 4, Needham 4 — Freshman Skylar Irving scored the tying goal with 2:52 left in regulation as the top-ranked Cougars (17-0-1) charged back from a 4-1 deficit to earn a point against the No. 2 Rockets (19-0-1). Elizabeth Phelan and Elizabeth Hernberg had two goals apiece for Needham.

Watertown 4, Medford 3 — Senior Aurora Fidler netted a hat trick and junior Jonna Kennedy made 32 saves for the Raiders (7-11-2).

Methuen 2, Haverhill 1 — Kaia Hollingsworth made 26 saves while Kelly Golini scored a goal and assisted on Lydia Pendleton’s tally for the No. 8 Rangers (15-1-3). Jess Chicko scored for the No. 17 Hillies (12-6-2).

Archbishop Williams 4, Marshfield 2 — Sophomore Nicole Hesey scored the go-ahead goal eight minutes into the third period and Ali Delmonte made 22 saves to lead the Bishops (10-10).

Martha’s Vineyard 4, Norwood 4 — Martha’s Vineyard’s Genny Kent recorded her first career hat trick, including the tying goal with two seconds left.

Shrewsbury 4, Natick 0 — Senior captain Megan Moran scored twice, while classmates Campbell Brown and Peyton Brown each had assists to lead the Colonials (17-2) over the Red Hawks (8-11-1) at NorthStar Ice Sports. Riley MacCausland made 12 saves for her fifth shutout, while teammates Dolly Herlihy and Delaney Couture added goals and Jenna Krikorian had two assists.

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