■ Brighton — The Bengals showed in Monday night’s semifinals why they are the favorite entering Saturday’s state championship game against Nashoba Regional —
■ For the first time — Hanover Indians booked its ticket to Springfield and the Division 3 state championship game with their 46-40 win Monday against Watertown.
■ Quite the rematch — Last season, St. Mary’s broke the hearts of Cathedral on a last-second layup en route to their Division 4 state title. This season in the Catholic Central, both teams split the two games they played and will now face each other again with a trip to a state championship on the line. Minus their Garden hero from last March, 6-foot-6-inch freshman Matt Cross (leg injury), things could be scripted differently. But one thing is certain: neither team will back down.
■ Beast of the East/Central — Even though Franklin plays in a EMass league (Hockomock), the Panthers — like Concord-Carlisle, Lincoln-Sudbury, Hopkinton, etc. — are now slotted in the Central bracket. And with a win in Wednesday night’s semis against Springfield Central, they coulud play either Cambridge or Needham in the state final on Saturday.
■ Dingle spark comeback — After a lethargic first half from her Archbishop Williams squad, star point guard Asiah Dingle was the difference down the stretch in the Bishops’ 55-51 come-from-behind win over Amesbury on Monday night. Dingle missed her first five shots and committed four first-half turnovers before roaring back with 10 second-half points and five steals. The Bishops will face Hoosac Valley in Saturday’s state final.
■ Arlington Catholic bounces back — After a scoreless third quarter on Monday night, AC outscored Foxborough, 18-4, in the fourth stanza to claim a spot in the Division 2 state final. Sophomore Erin Donlan (14 points) knocked down eight free throws in the final eight minutes to help clinch the win, 37-30. The Cougars will be seeking their first crown since 2014 on Saturday against Medfield.