Murphy’s Return Was Final Piece To Oliver Ames’ Puzzle

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Oliver Ames senior Anna Murphy dribbles to the basket in the first half against Norwood. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
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 LOWELL, Mass. — Legendary Oliver Ames head coach Laney Clement-Holbrook likes to describe her squad as a puzzle, the players fitting together to create a true team.

The Tigers temporarily lost one of the pieces to its puzzle in the middle of February when senior Anna Murphy was forced out of action with a concussion in a win over Foxboro.

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Murphy didn’t play the final four games of the regular season, which included two of OA’s three losses this entire year, missed the first-round win over North Middlesex, and saw very little action in the playoff rematch with Foxboro, essentially missing a half dozen games to close the season.

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“It was difficult, I just remember thinking how bad I wanted to be back, I really wanted to be back but I wasn’t getting better as quick as I wanted to but I wanted to be ready for the tournament,” Murphy said. “And Laney knew that too, she kept telling me to take my time. It took a little longer than I wanted, even though it wasn’t the same as before, it worked out perfectly fine.

“It was unfortunate because I had to stay indoors, I missed everyone so much. I was FaceTiming them at the pasta dinners…it was unfortunate it happened but I think it helped us grow and it made me appreciate the time I had with all of them. It makes me sad to think it’s over now.”

Now back in the fold, Murphy played a vital role in helping Oliver Ames clinch the Division 2 State Championship with a 53-48 win over previously undefeated Norwood.

“Getting her back, absolutely completed [the puzzle],” Clement-Holbrook said. It broke our heart that she missed six games because of that concussion. It was just like God looking over our shoulders and this made things right. The fact that she contributed in that way, especially tonight, it was like all the pieces were back together.

“I always talk about a puzzle, we are one big puzzle. Just because someone’s piece is bigger or someone’s is smaller, if you pull it out, it’s not a complete puzzle anymore.”

The senior reserve has been a big boost in the early goings throughout the playoff run, getting six points in the win over Dracut and adding a basket in the first half of OA’s overtime thriller against Medfield in the state semifinals.

It continued on Saturday night at the Tsongas Center, converting a layup in the first quarter for a 15-10 lead, and then adding a floater (20-14) and a putback in the second, the latter bucket giving the Tigers a 24-21 lead at halftime.

“We absolutely missed her,” said classmate Caroline Peper. “With her out it was a missing part of our team. Even in the Medfield game, we knew she was going to be the key component that was missing in our previous games. We knew she was going to make a great impact and just needed to do what she was doing before she left.”

While her offensive contributions in the first half were important, her points in the fourth were gigantic for the Tigers. OA was forced into some lineup changes due to foul trouble, and the Norwood defense was zoned in on stopping Peper and sophomore Jasmyn Cooper. That left plenty of opportunity for others to step up and Murphy took advantage.

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She hit nothing but net on a tough elbow jumper with under four minutes to play that put the Tigers ahead 44-38. And she wasn’t rattled by the bright lights or loud crowd either as she sank a pair of free throws to make it 48-43 with two minutes to go.

“She’s so consistent, such a great role model,” Cooper said. ”She gives us great energy off the court and on the court. It really brings the energy up in the gym.”

The Mustangs battled back into the game, a quick 5-1 burst capped by a strong take from Erin Reen got the top-seed within one with 25.9 seconds left. After missing the free throw, Murphy hauled in a huge defensive rebound and was fouled.

Cool as a cucumber, the senior sank both free throws to push OA’s lead back to three at 51-48 with 21 seconds left in the game. OA got a final stop and Peper iced the game with two free throws with just seconds left.

“I think everyone believes in everyone else on this team, which is amazing,” Murphy said. “We’re all so skilled and developed players that we aren’t afraid to take it when we need to. Pep was being guarded like crazy, Kaydance [Derba] was in foul trouble, and it’s those times that the whole team works together. At that point, it was just finding the open player.”

On top of her offensive showing, Murphy had her hands full on the defensive side. Classmate Hailey Bourne, one of the best defenders in the region, picked up two fouls early on and battled foul trouble all game. That meant Murphy was tasked with guarding Villanova-commit and 1,000-point scorer Megan Olbrys.

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While Olbrys finished with a team-high 21 points, she was consistently and constantly heavily defended by Murphy and others.

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“Without question [everyone had their moment]. The only two players who had the physicality to handle [Meg Olbrys] were Hailey [Bourne] and Murph. When Murph came in, she stepped up.

“It was just so satisfying for me because I just felt like she had been so cheated but it ends with us winning a state championship so I couldn’t be happier.”

Murphy’s return proved to be the final piece needed in Oliver Ames’ puzzle, and that resulted in the D2 State Championship.

OA Corrals Norwood, Wins Third State Championship

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Oliver Ames players celebrate after clinching the 2022 Division 2 State Championship with a win over Norwood. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
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LOWELL, Mass. – There were less than three seconds remaining in Saturday night’s Div. 2 state title game at the Tsongas Center when Oliver Ames senior guard Caroline Peper stepped to the line. Despite not having scored to that point in the game and with raucous crowds on both sides of the gym making a deafening noise, OA’s leading scorer, who reached the 1,000-point mark for her career in the playoff opener, had the chance to seal a championship.

Peper (eight rebounds), a 97-percent foul shooter this season, barely hesitated, knocking down both free throws to knock out top seed Norwood. Oliver Ames (22-3) led practically from start to finish, walking away with a 53-48 victory, handing the top seed its first loss of the season, and claiming the program’s third state title.

“This to me is the most magnificent moment these kids will ever have and it’s all because of each other,” said OA coach Laney Clement-Holbrook, who earned career win No. 733 on Saturday. “It’s been like a family for the entire year and it couldn’t have ended any better for that family. I’m incredibly proud of them.”

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When asked what was going through her mind with a chance to clinch a title, Peper explained, “I knew they were going to go in and that was going to be it. A little different knowing there wasn’t a game after. I don’t know, I never expected it [to end] this way. I’m sure it will hit me tomorrow but I’m so glad that I did it with this team. I absolutely love them, they’re my favorite people, and they deserve it 100 percent.”

The focal point entering the game was Norwood’s star forward Megan Olbrys. The Villanova-commit had the type of size and all-around game that could cause OA problems on both ends of the floor. Rather than Norwood’s experience, it was OA’s youth that took control of the game early on.

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Sophomore Jasmyn Cooper (game-high 22 points and 10 rebounds) was matched up with Olbrys on the offensive end, so the Tigers made her the primary ball-handler. Cooper got an early bucket on a nice pass by classmate Kaydance Derba, drove past Olbrys for a layup, got out on the break after a Peper steal and look-ahead, and took a feed from fellow sophomore Sarah Hilliard (15 points, two blocks, three steals, and three assists) for another finish at the rim.

Clement-Holbrook said, “We set up our offense based on the fact that we were going to keep Olbrys away from the basket and Jasmyn can play the point, she can play the post, she can play the wing. She’s so calm and she’s so collected for a sophomore, it’s just amazing to me.”

With Cooper scoring eight points and Hilliard adding five, OA jumped out to a 13-8 lead. On the defensive end, Hailey Bourne picked up two quick fouls guarding Olbrys (team-high 21 points) in the paint, so Anna Murphy (12 points) came off the bench to take on that challenge. They held Norwood’s star to just three free throws in the first. Murphy also got a basket to make it 15-10 after one.

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Hilliard got the second quarter started with a long three. The eight-point lead would be the largest of the night for the Tigers. Norwood crept back into the game. Erin Reen (14 points) drilled a three and Olbrys finally got free in the paint for a basket.

A second three from Reen cut the lead to just one, 22-21, but Murphy battled for an offensive rebound and scored to push the lead back to three at the break. It was a scrappy quarter for the Tigers, but energy off the bench from Murphy, Maddie Homer, and Sophia Krinsky helped keep OA in front.

The third quarter turned into a duel between Olbrys and Cooper. The Norwood senior knocked down a pair from beyond the arc and then a free throw from Tricia Wlodkowski tied the game at 28-28. Cooper answered back. She spun through the lane and finished, drove past Olbrys for a layup, and then got out in transition to finish off a two-on-one following a Hilliard steal.

Cooper scored 12 of OA’s 14 points in the third and had the Tigers up 38-35 heading to the fourth. She said, “It’s amazing having this amazing team, amazing coaching staff, to celebrate this moment with me. I feel like the crowd, the environment of the gym just kept me going and kept me pushing to the end.”

After shooting only two free throws in the first half, OA also got to the line eight times in the third, making them all, and would finish the game shooting 18-of-20 from the charity stripe.

OA looked like it was going to break the game open in the fourth. Hilliard drove baseline for a layup and then took off straight down the lane for another bucket to open up a seven-point gap. Alexa Coras drilled a corner three, her only points of the night, to cut the lead back to four but Murphy was clutch again, hitting two at the line and nailing a long jumper that made it 48-41 with less than three minutes remaining.

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In the semifinal against Medfield, the Tigers let and eight-point lead slip and had to go to overtime to get the win. On Saturday, Norwood put together the late rally. Olbrys scored on a put-back and Wlodkowski scored on an inbounds play to make it a one-possession game. After an OA turnover, Reen burst through the lane and scored plus a foul, but she was unable to make the free throw (Norwood was 10-for-22 from the line) and Murphy grabbed the rebound with 22.6 on the clock.

“My mantra is always defense, rebounds, and free throws, and tonight that was really the answer,” Clement-Holbrook said. “Especially late, especially when it was in bonus, Hilliard, Peper, Cooper, Murphy, they were all money. It was awesome.”

Murphy, who missed several games near the end of the season with a concussion, drilled both of her free throws to put OA up three. After Norwood missed two chances on the other end, the ball ended up in Peper’s hands to put the final touches on a championship season.

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“One hundred percent confidence she was making both of them,” said Cooper. “She’s a great free throw shooter, great captain, just a great person to look up to overall.”

The sophomore added, “It’s good that we shared all of our moments together. I feel like collectively as a team we didn’t play selfish basketball, we played good team basketball to get this win. We all have confidence. We’re going to get that bucket no matter what.”

“Everybody has a part,” said Clement-Holbrook. “I always talk about a puzzle. Just because somebody’s piece is bigger than another or smaller than another, you pull that out and it doesn’t look like a puzzle any more.

“We really felt like we had a difficult challenge on our side of the bracket and I think with each progression and each game that we won I could see such incredible personal growth in each one of my players to the point where it was like building momentum for us…I’m so incredibly proud of them.”

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Oliver Ames Books Spot In Final After Overtime Thriller

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Oliver Ames celebrates after its overtime win over Medfield in a D2 State Semifinal matchup. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
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QUINCY, Mass. — For the first time in over a decade, the Oliver Ames girls basketball team is heading back to the Division 2 State championship game.

The third time proved to be the charm for the Tigers against Medfield as Oliver Ames, who had lost back-to-back games to the Warriors at the end of the regular season, emerged from a hard-fought battle with a 62-59 overtime win to earn a spot in the D2 Final.

The victory wasn’t secure until the last second — all tenths of it — ticked off the clock and the final buzzer sounded in overtime. The journey to get there was full of twists and turns, punches and counter punches, and momentum swings you couldn’t script in a Hollywood thriller.

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“When you play the same team three times, all sorts of things happen,” said Oliver Ames head coach Laney Clement-Holbrook. “You’re just so very familiar with each other and what each other does…it comes down to execution. There were moments I thought we had it, and then there were times we made it a little too easily for them. But the thing I’m most proud of is their resiliency because they didn’t quit, they didn’t give up, and they came back.”

While Medfield had the edge for the first two quarters, Oliver Ames surged ahead during the second half. But even with some big runs, the Tigers couldn’t quite put the Warriors away in regulation.

Similar to their 10-0 run in the third quarter, Oliver Ames hit its stride in the fourth quarter and looked poised to run away with the win. The Tigers rattled off a 13-6 run over a four-minute span, a triple from sophomore Kaydance Derba (nine points, four assists) shortly after OA broke the press put OA ahead 51-43 with two minutes to go in the game.

But similar to how the Warriors responded to OA’s big run in the third (a 7-0 run of their own), Medfield quickly turned the game on its head. Ann McCarthy (28 points, eight rebounds) drew back-to-back fouls for four straight free throws. After a traveling call on OA, McCarthy attacked the rim for two more to make it a two-point game.

Medfield kept the pressure up and forced another turnover and McCarthy splashed in a triple to complete a personal 9-0 run as the Warriors suddenly jumped ahead 52-51 with under a minute to go.

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OA had a shot blocked and then turned it over on the ensuing inbounds play, giving Medfield the ball with the lead and just 19.1 seconds to go.

There was no quit in the Tigers as both senior Hailey Bourne (three steals, three blocks) and sophomore Jasmyn Cooper (14 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, three steals) read the inbounds play perfectly and combined for the steal. Cooper found classmate Sarah Hilliard (six points, 10 rebounds, four assists), who alertly dished it off to senior Caroline Peper (26 points, eight rebounds, three blocks) for an easy layup and OA was back up 53-51 with 12 seconds to go.

Bourne came up with a steal on Medfield’s ensuing inbounds but after a foul, the Warriors got a steal of their own, and McCarthy was fouled. The Medfield star hit the first to tie the game but was short on the second. OA grabbed the rebound, was fouled instantly but their 1-and-1 chance from the line with 0.2 seconds left was off and the game headed to overtime.

“I want to give kudos to our crowd,” Clement-Holbrook said. “We’ve had a couple of the boys come to practice with us the last week and they showed up and brought more people, and they were so important. Those foul shots at the end, I just kind of turned to them and they ramped up the noise. That’s high school basketball.

“These kids just love to play, the senior class has been absolutely amazing in terms of paying it forward for these young kids. They are demonstrating the right things, saying and doing the right things, both on and off the court. I’m so proud of them.”

After each team hit a free throw to open overtime, Cooper came down with an offensive board and put it back in to give the Tigers a 56-54 lead. A baseline make from Medfield tied it but Derba fired a beautiful bullet pass to Cooper cutting to the rim for two and another lead.

Although OA got a stop, the Tigers turned it over trying to take it over half. Bourne had another terrific play, coming up with a block that was called a jump ball, and OA had the possession arrow.

The Tigers couldn’t add to the lead and McCarthy came back with another layup to tie it, but Peper was fouled and went to the line in the double bonus.

She sank both.

Medfield answered with one of their own, but with under 30 seconds to go, the Warriors had to foul and OA made sure to get the ball to Peper.

She sank both, again.

“Yeah, that’s a situation I want to be in, that was the plan to get the ball,” Peper said. “I’m pretty confident in my free throw shooting, I shoot a lot of them in practice. I was ready to be in that position.”

With a 62-59 lead, the Tigers got another final stop, and one last halfcourt heave from the Warriors was off the mark to seal the win.

“When it went to the situation in overtime where they had to foul, we want Peper at the line,” Clement-Holbrook said. “She’s got ice in her veins. We wanted her to get her hands on the ball.”

Oliver Ames saw a pair of eight-point leads disappear, once in each quarter. The latter putting the Tigers just seconds away from a defeat, but Bourne credited her teams’ resiliency for being able to bounce back.

“We never put our heads down, we just kept going,” Bourne said. “Even when there was just one second left on the clock, we never put our heads down. We all came together and just really looked at each other and said, ‘We got this.’ No one dropped their head at all. I think that just goes to show how determined we are.

“It’s very hard to beat a good team three times and we felt like we had nothing to lose.”

It was a slow start on the offensive end for the Tigers, who got early baskets from Cooper and Peper, and a late one from Anna Anna Murphy but trailed 12-6 after a quarter.

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Once OA was able to get its outside scoring going, the offense opened up. Peper hit a pair of triples and Derba added one of her own to get the Tigers within one. After Medfield responded, Peper hit nothing but net on another triple, and Cooper found Hilliard down low for two as the Tigers cut the deficit to 24-22 at the break.

“[Peper] and Kaydance got the offense going,” Clement-Holbrook said. “We wanted to get the ball inside but Medfield did a great job of taking it away, there was not a lot of space. I have three sophomores in my starting lineup, so this was really their first time with this environment. Just from an emotional standpoint, the noise, the crowd, I thought they handled themselves beautifully.”

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Hilliard returned the favor to Cooper three minutes into the second and that sparked a 10-0 run for OA. Peper hit another three and then found Maddie Homer for a layup. A steal from Hilliard ended up with yet another three from Peper and the Tigers surged ahead 38-30. Medfield applied its full court press and closed the quarter with a 7-0 burst to make it 38-37 going into the fourth.

“We knew the pressure was on them,” Peper said of playing Medfield for a third time, having lost the two meetings. “We believed we could beat them because we had some of our players missing on those games that are pretty key components to our team. We weren’t ourselves those games so we came into this game wanting it so bad.”

Oliver Ames girls basketball will take on the winner of #1 Norwood and #5 Whitman-Hanson in the Division 2 State Championship at the Tsongas Center, with the date (either Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) and time to be announced.

OA Passes Dracut Test and Reaches State Semifinal

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The Oliver Ames bench cheers another basket for the Tigers, as they rolled to an 84-64 victory over Dracut to book a place in the D2 Final Four. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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NORTH EASTON, Mass. – Facing a team that likes to press, likes to be aggressive guarding on the perimeter, and likes to get you playing as fast as possible, it is critical to have the vision and willingness to make the extra pass. On Friday night at the Nixon Gym in the Div. 2 quarterfinal against Dracut, Oliver Ames put on a passing clinic.

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The Tigers had three players score in double digits, five score eight or more, and had three players finish with at least five assists. At times, it seemed OA could do whatever it wanted on the offensive end, scoring 20 points in a quarter three times and no fewer than 18, as they rolled into the Final Four with an 84-64 victory.

“It’s nice when that’s what you ask for and that’s what you get,” OA coach Laney Clement-Holbrook said about the passing. “This particular group of seniors, it’s exactly what you get from them. It’s never about themselves ever. We look up at all the banners on the walls and I say that you’re not playing for yourself, you’re playing for something bigger than yourselves, and they have so bought into that.”

Last year, OA finished unbeaten but missed out on the chance to see what it could do in a playoff situation. The Tigers felt like a team that could’ve gone all the way. This year’s team is cherishing the opportunity to put together a tournament run.

“It’s just amazing,” said senior Anna Murphy. “Last year, it broke my heart for the seniors because we didn’t get to have the tournament and we would’ve probably made it this far as well and I think them coming out here and supporting us is just great because the legacy just continues and it’s awesome.”

With a huge crowd in attendance, OA jumped out to a great start. Caroline Peper (23 points, five assists, and eight rebounds) drilled a three and Jasmyn Cooper (23 points and 10 rebounds) twice grabbed offensive rebounds and scored. Sarah Hilliard (16 points, 15 rebounds, and seven assists) then took a pass from Kaydance Derba (nine points and six assists) for a layup and a 9-2 lead.

Dracut had a pretty solid road crowd showing its support too and the Middies were able to battle back behind star guard Ashlee Talbot. She showed off an array of moves and range from well behind the three-point line, scoring 12 of the visitors’ 14 points in the first.

The problem for the Middies was trying to stop OA on the other end. After a Talbot three put Dracut ahead for the only time in the game (14-12), Derba answered with a three of her own. Hilliard kept a possession alive and fed Cooper, who in turn touched a pass onto Peper for an and-one. Peper then closed the first by hitting threes from opposite corners, finishing with 12 points in the opening eight minutes.

“When compare her as a ninth grader to now, it’s not just about offense,” Clement-Holbrook said of Peper. “She’s the leader on the floor, she controls the pace, she assists and for her to have scored her 1,000th point with 10 fewer games, and there were games during the season where she could’ve just taken it and been the offensive player and instead leads in assists, it just shows you the kind of character she has.”

Talbot (game-high 40 points) continued to be red hot in the second quarter, adding another 12 points, but she had 24 of her team’s 26. The Tigers were spreading it around and went on a 13-3 run to take control.

“We knew that that press was going to push us,” said Clement-Holbrook. “We put together a collection of boys from the boys basketball team because we knew we were going to faces some pretty tough pressure and I think that gave the girls a lot of confidence.”

Cooper got it started with a layup off a nice feed from Hailey Bourne and Murphy (eight points) came off the bench, in just her second game back after missing several weeks with a concussion, to score six points in the quarter. After Peper buried another three, she then fed it inside to Cooper for another easy basket and a 13-point lead.

Although MacKeznie Murphy would hit a three to close the gap, OA went into the locker room leading 42-32. A defensive switch at halftime would work wonders in the third quarter. Cooper was tasked with trying to keep an eye on Talbot and to use her length to bother her. This was especially important after Bourne picked up her third and fourth fouls. Cooper held Talbot to only three points in the third.

Clement-Holbrook noted, “She can flat out shoot and we knew that coming in. We talked about that at halftime that, while it’s good that nobody else is really hurting us, we need to maybe turn the volume down on her just a bit.”

While the defense was doing its job, the offense kept pouring it on. Hilliard nailed a three and got an easy bucket in transition after a long outlet pass by Peper, who added four points of her own in the quarter. Cooper continued to do work close to the basket, getting an offensive rebound for two, twice getting easy looks after nice passes from Hilliard.

Murphy also got a bucket in the paint to close out the third, taking a feed from Hilliard, throwing a pump fake that left her defender in her wake and finishing on the other side of the rim. OA went into the fourth up 63-46.

“I’m sitting on the bench and they’re making these passes and I’m like how are they seeing this?” Murphy said with a laugh. “You don’t even realize it when you’re out there because we’re just so bonded as a team and I think it really helps that we have all the strong leadership we have.”

Although Talbot got hot again in the fourth, adding another 13 points and knocking down three from beyond the arc, OA was hardly troubled, as the score never got any closer than 15 in the fourth.

Hilliard and Cooper continued to get out on the break and the Tigers kept making the right passes to break down the Dracut defense. Hilliard added six in the fourth and Cooper had eight. Derba drilled her third triple of the night and pushed the lead to as many as 25 points (74-49). Bourne got her second basket with a nice post move to cap the night.

“Last year we didn’t get a chance and it was heartbreaking and it was heartbreaking because I knew we had the potential to present like this,” said Clement-Holbrook.

She added, “I’m just so grateful that we’ve been had a chance for these kids to actually be able to play through this and they so deserve it. The tenacity, the adversity, their resilience, all those things as high school kids they had to manager through this pandemic over the last two years, I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

Oliver Ames (20-3) is back in the state semifinal for the first time since 2016. The Tigers will get a rematch with No. 3 seed Medfield in the Final Four, after the Warriors beat OA each of the final two games of the regular season.

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Oliver Ames Closes Strong to Pull Away From Foxboro

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Caroline Peper scored a team-high 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, leading OA to a big win over division rival Foxboro and a sweep of the season series. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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NORTH EASTON, Mass. – Foxboro was right in the game, down by just five points and had limited Oliver Ames to only two made baskets in the second half (none to that point in the fourth quarter). Seemingly in the blink of an eye, the Tigers broke free and the Warriors suddenly found themselves down 20.

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OA went on a 17-2 run to close out Tuesday night’s game at the Nixon Gym, turning a close, competitive game into a 61-41 victory and a sweep of the season series against Foxboro. Caroline Peper led the way for the hosts, scoring 21 points, grabbing 10 rebounds, and adding three steals and three assists.

“I thought Caroline Peper played the game of her life,” said OA coach Laney Clement-Holbrook. “Both offensively and defensively, she made great decisions with the ball, she controlled the ball, and those four minutes when we went on a run, she set the tone, which helped everyone else relax and play like they can.”

Foxboro coach Lisa Downs said, “It is intimidating playing in this gym, every single year. It’s not an excuse but I think it makes the freshmen and the sophomores play like freshmen and sophomores.”

It was a battle of the two teams who have split all but one of the Davenport titles since the league went to two divisions (OA with six, including this year, and Foxboro with five) and also two teams that have expectations of deep runs in the state tournament.

The Tigers threw the first punch, scoring the first six points of the game. Anna Murphy (six points), who would have to leave in the third quarter with an injury, got things off to a good start for the home team with a drive to the rim, assist on a basket by Jasmyn Cooper, and then a steal and layup.

Hannah Blake (five points) got Foxboro on the board by hitting the offensive glass and Erin Foley’s back-cut on an inbounds play netted her an easy bucket. Cooper (11 points and 13 rebounds) took a defensive board and went the length of the floor for two, but Ava Hill stuck with it after Peper blocked her shot, grabbing the loose ball and scoring to make it 14-10 after one.

OA took control of the game in the second. Hailey Bourne (six points) took a nice feed from Sarah Hilliard, following a long outlet by Peper, and scored plus the foul. Then, it was all Peper. The NYU commit knocked down a pair of threes and scored 12 points in the quarter. Camryn Collins (21 points and eight rebounds) tried to keep Foxboro in it with five points and Kailey Sullivan (seven points) buried a three, but the Tigers led 31-18 heading to the locker rooms.

Foxboro switched up its defense in the third quarter, trying out a zone look that helped keep the Tigers off the glass. OA struggled to find its transition game and was held to only two made field goals, a pair of threes by Kaydance Derba (11 points), and seven points in the quarter.

“I think we controlled their drives and their shots a little bit more by going to a 2-1-2 zone,” Downs explained. “The third quarter was going our way and then I think we were trying to over-dribble because they were shutting down the driving lanes. It definitely wasn’t a 20-point game by any means.”

Blake got a layup for Foxboro, but then Collins went to work. With Bourne in foul trouble, picking up her fourth just three minutes into the third, Collins took advantage. She drove to the hoop for a layup, buried a corner three, hit a floater that appeared to be above the top of the backboard before dropping through, and then hit a pull-up three from the wing. She scored 12 points in the third, helping Foxboro cut the lead down to six.

“It’s not easy,” Clement-Holbrook said about guarding Collins. “She’s quick, she gets her shot off and it has such a high arc. Even if you get your hand up on the close out, it’s got such a high arc and her release, she’s a good shooter and she’s going to be something special.”

Both teams struggled to find an offensive rhythm in the fourth, as fouls were piling up and both teams found themselves heading to the line a lot. Foxboro was in the bonus for the final 12 minutes of the game and both Bourne and Collins would eventually foul out.

Sullivan got the bounce on a baseline floater and hit a pair at the line to cut the lead to 44-39. OA had yet to make a shot in the fourth quarter and was clinging to its lead by going 6-of-8 at the line. Then, Peper grabbed an offensive rebound under the basket, saving the ball to Bourne, who in turn fed Cooper for an and-one that made it a nine-point game.

Downs said, “I think we were freelancing a little too much in the fourth quarter. We run plays well because that’s what they’re comfortable with. They were trying to do things on their own that weren’t scripted and it hurt us in this one.”

The Tigers got a spark and turned the game on its head. Peper followed that with a baseline drive, somehow squeezing a shot over the rim from right under the basket, and hit a jumper on the next possession. Derba came down and hit her third triple of the night and OA was rolling. A long outlet pass from Derba to Sarah Hilliard (six points) gave the Tigers an easy two and then the duo combined again for another layup for Hilliard to cap off the run.

“You want to see what you’re made out of and I thought we rose to the occasion,” said Clement-Holbrook.

Oliver Ames (15-1) will put its 13-game win streak on the line with a visit to North Attleboro on Friday. Foxboro (10-6) will look to bounce back quickly, when it hosts Stoughton on Wednesday.

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Friday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 02/11/22

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Basketball
Taunton, 52 @ Attleboro, 48 – FinalTaunton senior Trent Santos sank a pair of free throws with 4.9 seconds left to ice the win for the Tigers. Santos scored eight of his 16 points in the final frame, hitting of half of his four three-point field goals to lead the Tigers, who trailed 14-9 after a quarter but held the hosts to two points in the second quarter to seize a 20-16 edge at the break. A three-pointer from Attleboro’s Evan Houle put the Bombardiers up 41-38 with four minutes to go but Taunton sophomore Cyrus Morrisette finished a tough take to the rim, Tristan Herry (14 points) drew an offensive foul, and a layup from from Faisal Mass put the Tigers ahead 42-41. Colin Morais (20 points) hit two free throws as Attleboro jumped ahead again but a tough floater in the lane from Herry gave Taunton the lead again, this time for good. Santos added a three with 90 seconds to go to pad Taunton’s lead. Evan Houle added 14 points for the Bombardiers, hitting four three-pointers in the second half.

North Attleboro, 38 @ Canton, 59 – FinalCanton connected on eight of its 10 three-pointers in the first half, racing out to a big lead that it never relinquished in a win over North. Nate Mei (13 points) had two of his triples in the first eight minutes and Lanse Dorcelus scored 18 of his 20 points in the first half as Canton established double-digit leads at the end of the first quarter (21-10) and at halftime (38-15). Matt Chafin and Ashton Cetoute added third quarter triples to help the Bulldogs keep a large lead (51-26) going into the final quarter. Brody Rosenberg and Givany Carney each had 12 points for the Rocketeers.

Sharon, 64 @ Foxboro, 60 – FinalLocked in a close contest the entire way for the second straight game, Sharon emerged with a hard-fought victory on the road over Foxboro. The Eagles’ largest lead of the second half peaked at nine less than a minute into the second half, but it was closer than that the rest of the way. In fact, a 10-0 burst from the Warriors quickly erased that and the teams stayed within two possessions the rest of the way. Sharon carried a 53-51 lead into the fourth quarter and got five points from Matt Baur (16 points), four from Jacob McLoughlin (nine points) and a bucket from John Baez (nine points) to hold on for the win. Dylan Gordon (16 points) banked in a three with just under four minutes to to cut the deficit to one, 59-58 but a strong take from McLoughlin a minute later pushed it back to three. Alex Penders (16 points) cleaned up his own miss with 2:30 to go to one again cut it to one. McLoughlin hit a floater with under a minute to go and Baur added a free throw and the Eagles ended the game without giving up a point over the final two minutes. Donyae Pierre had a big first half for the Eagles, scoring all 12 of his points then to help the Eagles establish a 38-32 halftime lead.

King Philip, 63 @ Milford, 65 – FinalMilford senior Justin Luchini grabbed an offensive rebound and kissed it off the backboard with 1.6 seconds left to give the Scarlet Hawks the win over King Philip. Milford missed on its first layup attempt but Luchini (19 points) poked the rebound free and put it back up and in for the winner. Milford held a 42-29 lead at halftime before King Philip came storming back. Senior Paul Roberts added 14 points, freshman Andrew Rivera added nine points, and junior Wyatt Zagami chipped in with eight points for Milford.

Mansfield, 56 @ Franklin, 55 – FinalClick here for a Recap and Photo Gallery from this game.

Stoughton, 46 @ Oliver Ames, 42 – FinalAnchored by senior guard Josh Rivera, Stoughton had one of its best defensive performances to secure a road win at OA and its first season sweep of the Tigers since the 2010-2011 season. Defense was the story for both teams from the get go, with OA taking an 8-7 lead after one and Stoughton carrying a 17-14 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Black Knights got the offense going, closing the third on a run capped by a three from junior Rayan Sablon (career-high 26 points) at the buzzer. Sablon went on to score 10 points in the fourth for Stoughton, who pushed the lead to as much as nine before a couple of threes from OA’s Zach Tagliamonte (10 points). Rivera capped it with three free throws down the stretch. CJ Williams added a team-high 12 points for the Tigers.










Girls Basketball
Attleboro, 81 @ Taunton, 47 – FinalClick here for a Photo Gallery from this game. – Attleboro’s offense was clicking on all cylinders on Friday night, as the Bombardiers scored at least 19 points in each quarter to pull out the road win. Meghan Gordon scored 30 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to lead Attleboro, which also got 12 points and 14 rebounds off the bench from freshman Vanessa Ellis. Taunton started well on senior night, as Olivia Gannon scored all eight of her points and Abby Souza scored four of her nine in the first quarter, but Gordon was also on fire from the opening tip, matching Taunton’s total with 14 points in the first eight minutes. Attleboro extended its lead in the second with Gordon scoring seven and the Bombardiers knocking down three triples. Kameron St. Pierre (team-high 16 points) kept the Tigers close by knocking down four from deep and racking up 12 points. Attleboro stormed out of the break with a 22-point third quarter to break the game open. Gordon added another seven, while Lindsey Perry scored six and Lily Routhier added four. Kayla Goldrick scored nine points and dished out eight assists for the Bombardiers, while Routhier, Perry, and Avery Vieira had eight points apiece. Cali Melo had four points, three steals, and three assists and Jillian Doherty had four points for the Tigers.

Canton, 71 @ North Attleboro, 41 – FinalKiara Cerruti scored a game-high 23 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the Bulldogs to the road win. In the process, Cerruti became the program’s all-time leading scorer with 1,068 points, surpassing the 1,057 points of Eileen Morneau. The game was tied at 7-7 after one, but then Canton went on a run, outscoring North 21-5 in the second to take control. Both teams found a rhythm on offense in the third, as they combined for 36 points, but a 24-12 fourth quarter put the game away for the Bulldogs. Fay Gallery added 13 points, five rebounds, and seven assists and Erin Beatty had eight points and six boards for Canton. Maia Mahoney added six points and Han Hong had four assists in the win. Summer Doherty was North’s top scorer, finishing with 15 points (all in the second half) and Taylor McMath had seven.

Foxboro, 72 @ Sharon, 52 – FinalFoxboro bounced back with a big win on the road and clinched its place in the state tournament. The Warriors were led by its underclassman backcourt, as freshman Kailey Sullivan scored a career-high 26 points and sophomore Camryn Collins finished with 24. Jasmine Davis scored 19 points to lead the Eagles and Rachael Hager added 17.

Franklin, 65 @ Mansfield, 34 – Final

Milford, 29 @ King Philip, 35 – FinalThe Warriors outscored Milford 11-5 in the fourth quarter to pull out a defensive struggle. The first quarter was a struggle for both teams on the offensive end and finished 5-4. In the second, KP found the range to score 13 points and extend the lead to eight at the break. Maddie Paschke and Leah Santoro each scored four points in the quarter to help KP build its lead. Both would finish with six on the night. The Hawks stormed back in the third, coming out of halftime with a 14-6 quarter to tie things up heading to the fourth. Maddalena Mannucci Pacini scored six of her game-high 11 points in the third and Emily Croteau added all four of her points in the frame. KP got baskets from five different players in the fourth and held Milford to two made baskets to seal the win. Emily Sawyer led the way for the Warriors with eight points and Julia Marsden added five. Jill Araujo scored five for the Hawks and Khatrina Leger chipped in with four.

Oliver Ames, 70 @ Stoughton, 27 – FinalOliver Ames built a double-digit lead by halftime and never looked back in a win on the road at Stoughton. Caroline Peper and Jasmyn Cooper each scored 15 points for the Tigers, who led 31-15 at the halftime break. Anna Murphy chipped in with 10 points for the visitors. Senior Kate Bulger led all scorers for Stoughton with 11 points and sophomore Alyssa Edwards grabbed eight boards.

Boys Hockey
Mansfield, 2 @ Canton, 7 – Final

Girls Hockey
Canton, 4 vs. Lincoln-Sudbury, 0 – FinalAudrey Koen scored a pair of goals and Carolyn Durand made 19 saves to earn the shutout, as Canton picked up a big non-league win. It is the fifth straight win for the Bulldogs. Tess Khoury scored one and had a pair of assists, while Payton McDonough had a goal and assist. Allie McCabe had two helpers in the win.

Tuesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 02/08/22

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Basketball
Attleboro, 52 @ Milford, 38 – Final

Stoughton, 50 @ Canton, 70 – FinalAfter struggling to find its shooting touch over the weekend on the road, Canton was on fire from downtown in its win over Stoughton. Canton came out hitting from three-point range right from the start with five trifectas in the first quarter, and eight by halftime, leading to a 34-27 lead at the break. The Bulldogs added four more in the third and finished with 14 made threes, and senior Lanse Dorcelus scored all of his 16 points in the second half as Canton pulled away (58-38) going into the final quarter. Matt Chafin hit on four threes and finished with 16 points, Nate Mei hit two threes and had 10 points, and a total of eight different Bulldogs made a three-pointer. Stoughton junior Rayan Sablon head a game-high 19 points.

Foxboro, 43 @ North Attleboro, 59 – FinalNorth Attleboro’s defense limited visiting Foxboro to single digits in each the second and third quarters, and the Rocketeers created separation with a big third quarter to earn the upset win. The Rocketeers took a 26-22 lead into the locker room and then limited the Warriors to seven points in the third. Meanwhile, the offense came alive for 16 points as junior Givany Carney scored six of his career-high 17 points and senior Brody Rosenberg had five of his team-high 20 points to take a 42-29 lead into the fourth quarter. North had six players contribute to its 17-point fourth quarter and went 9-for-13 from the line over the final eight minutes. Junior Alex Penders led Foxboro with 23 points while Dylan Gordon added 11 points.

King Philip, 60 @ Mansfield, 74 – FinalKing Philip exploded for 27 points in the second quarter to seize a halftime lead but Mansfield responded with over 20 points in each the third and fourth quarters to get the win. The Warriors trailed 22-10 after the opening quarter but then won the third 27-9, including a 21-0 run, to take a 37-31 lead into the locker room. Freshman Tommy Kilroy came in and scored all of his 11 points in the second to spark KP’s run. The Hornets got back on track in the third as Matt Hyland scored seven of his 15 points, sophomore Trevor Foley added five of his 18 points, and senior Andrew Slaney had five of his career-high 22 points to help the Hornets jump back in front, 52-49. Mansfield kept its foot on the pedal in the fourth with Slaney adding nine more and Foley added six while the visiting Warriors were held to 23 second half points. Will Laplante added 15 points while both Grant Kinney and Tommy Martorano added 11 points each for KP.

Taunton, 48 @ Franklin, 77 – FinalClick here for a Recap and Photo Gallery from this game.

Oliver Ames, 64 @ Sharon, 60 – FinalOliver Ames emerged with a key division win in a close contest on the road at Sharon, splitting the season series. Neither team saw a double-digit lead as the contest stayed close throughout, OA leading leading at the end of each quarter, including a slim 37-35 lead at halftime and a 49-45 advantage going into the fourth. Junior Zach Tagliamonte led the charge for the Tigers with 25 points while CJ Williams gave the visitors a big boost with 13 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore Nate Katznelson scored a team-high 20 points while Matt Baur added 17 points.










Girls Basketball
Milford, 29 @ Attleboro, 55 – FinalAttleboro put together a strong defensive performance to put an end to a three-game losing streak. The Bombardiers held Milford to 10 or fewer points in each quarter and jumped out to a 32-10 lead by halftime to break the game open early. Meghan Gordon and Lily Routhier each scored 11 points for Attleboro, which also got eight points from Lindsey Perry and seven points from Vanessa Ellis. Maddalena Mannucci Pacini had 11 for the Hawks. Erin Michelson and Jill Araujo each scored four points in the loss.

Canton, 63 @ Stoughton, 38 – FinalCanton bounced back from a tough loss to OA on Monday but pulling out a road win just 24 hours later. Fay Gallery led the way for the Bulldogs, scoring 24 points, grabbing six boards, dishing out six assists, and recording eight steals. Kiara Cerruti added 16 points and four boards and Sydney Gallery had 12 points and eight rebounds in the win. Senior Vanessa Phelimond played well on both ends of the floor and Makaiyah Singleton Rivera was a great spark in the second half for Stoughton

North Attleboro, 38 @ Foxboro, 66 – FinalFoxboro broke the game open with 22 points in the second quarter, running out to a big win. Camryn Collins and Kailey Sullivan each scored 18 points for the Warriors, while Hannah Blake (11 points) and Erin Foley (10 points) both reached double digits as well. North was down only three after one, using a good zone defense to slow Foxboro down, but the Rocketeers struggled to keep up on the other end of the court. Summer Doherty led North in scoring with 14 points and freshman Maryellen Charette added 10.

Franklin, 59 @ Taunton, 33 – FinalTaunton was tied with Franklin late in the third quarter, but the Panthers, playing their third game in three days, caught fire in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Tigers 26-5 in the final period, to pull out the win. With the victory, Franklin clinches at least a share of the Kelley-Rex division title. Katie Peterson, Olivia Quinn, and Brigid Earley each scored seven points in the fourth to propel Franklin to the win. Peterson led all scorers with 17, while Quinn finished with 16 and Earley had 11. Stefany Padula added 10 points on three triples in the win. Kameron St. Pierre was Taunton’s top scorer with 16 points. Olivia Gannon chipped in with six points and Cali Melo had four.

Mansfield, 40 @ King Philip, 36 – FinalClick here for a Recap and Photo Gallery from this game.

Sharon, 20 @ Oliver Ames, 65 – FinalOliver Ames started off strong with a big opening quarter and never looked back in a win over Sharon, clinching at least a share of the Davenport division title. All seven of OA’s seniors had a hand in the win with Caroline Peper leading the way with 15 points. Anna Murphy had a double-double in the win with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

OA On Cusp Of League Title After Edging Canton

Oliver Ames girls basketball
Caroline Peper scored 11 of her team-high 21 points in the fourth quarter to help OA hold off a Canton rally and move within a win of clinching a league title. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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CANTON, Mass. – The Canton boys basketball team filed into the standings for Monday night’s game at the Masciarelli Gym at the perfect time. Oliver Ames had pushed its lead to as many as 18 points in the third quarter and it looked like the Tigers were going to cruise to an easy win, but the Bulldogs, as they’ve done so many times this season, found another gear and went on a run.

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With the boys significantly boosting the volume of the crowd, Canton put together an 18-2 run, closing the third with 11 straight points, including a buzzer-beating three by Kiara Cerruti that cut OA’s lead to just two heading to the fourth quarter.

The energy, the noise, it felt like a playoff game, so in the fourth quarter OA turned to the player with the most playoff experience to see things out. Senior Caroline Peper scored 11 of her team-high 21 in the fourth, including a perfect 4-for-4 at the line in the closing minute, to help the Tigers pull out a 68-59 victory. OA can now clinch at least a share of the Davenport title with a win on Tuesday.

“She was so focused today, like I’ve never seen her,” said OA coach Laney Clement-Holbrook about Peper. “She was focused all day long and I think the other kids recognized that and they fed off that. Especially in those moments where she got fouled, cause it’s not easy when you lose a 20-point lead, and she was ice water in her veins. I couldn’t be more proud of her. She just drained those free throws and she was money.”

It was the kind of game that both teams can use as they prep for the state tournament. Tough defense, great shot-making, runs going back and forth.

OA jumped out to the early lead, as Kaydance Derba (12 points, five assists, and six rebounds) drilled a three and Anna Murphy (five points, six rebounds, and four assists) got to the rim for a basket. Canton stormed back, Samya DaSilva (eight points and five rebounds) putting the Bulldogs in front for the first time and Fay Gallery (14 points, six rebounds, four assists, and four steals) drilled a three to make it 9-6.

Peper (10 rebounds and three blocks) started to get going late in the first. She scored OA’s last seven points of the quarter, knocking down a corner three and then answering Cerruti’s triple with a pull-up jumper in the final seconds to put OA up 15-14 after one.

The visitors took control of the game in the second quarter. OA outscored Canton 20-9 in the frame. After Cerruti (team-high 21 points) hit a three to give the Bulldogs a 19-18 lead, the Tigers went on a 13-0 run. Sarah Hilliard (10 points) came off the bench and gave a spark with a couple of buckets, Murphy got a layup after Derba’s offensive rebound and dish, and Jasmyn Cooper (12 points and seven rebounds) got a layup after Peper’s block led to a run out and she finished a nice give-and-go with Hilliard.

Sydney Gallery (seven points) hit a three to try and keep Canton close but Hailey Bourne (eight points and six rebounds) hit a short jumper and Cooper got to the rim for two to send the Tigers to the locker rooms up 35-23.

The lead kept growing after the break. Cooper showed her range with a straightaway three and then Derba added two more from long distance. OA led 46-28 and it appeared like the game was almost over. Canton had other ideas.

With the crowd considerably louder, the Bulldogs seemed to feed off the energy and started to chip away. Cerruti nailed a three and then Erin Beatty twice made nice cuts to the basket for layups to get the lead down to 13. Emily McCabe buried a three from in front of the Canton bench for her only points of the night and Fay Gallery followed with a three of her own.

After Cerruti knocked down a short jumper off a nice drive and dish from Gallery, the OA lead was just five. With 0.7 on the clock, Canton got an inbounds under the basket and Cerruti popped out for a three from the wing. The crowd audibly sighed when the ball bounced on the rim but it went up off the backboard and dropped through to make it 48-46 with eight minutes to go.

“There was never a point where any of we’re talking about this is over, we don’t have a chance,” Canton coach Jim Choquette explained. “At halftime, the focus was to get back on defense. OA historically gets out in transition better than anyone we play all year, that really killed us in the first half.”

He added, “Going on a run isn’t always about the 18, it’s the two. It’s not giving up points as well and rebounding better. We’re getting a lot of stops and a lot of tough defensive possessions as well.”

The energy from that shot carried into the fourth, but OA never looked rattled. Even with three sophomores in the regular rotation, who have yet to see or feel a playoff crowd, the Tigers answered every punch that Canton threw. Of course, Peper’s experience helped. She settled the nerves by drilling a three to start the fourth.

Sydney Gallery and Hilliard traded nice drives down the lane and then Bourne got free with a move through the paint for two. Hilliard dished off to Peper for two more and OA led 58-51. Fay Gallery, who was playing with four fouls, came down and hit a three but then Peper sliced through the Canton defense for two and a 60-54 lead with 2:54 to go.

“It’s really important to be in that situation and I’m really proud of the way we played ourselves into trouble but then played ourselves out of trouble,” said Clement-Holbrook. “I thought we stayed composed. Kudos to Canton because those girls can flat-out shoot, they are great scorers.”

About her younger players, Clement-Holbrook added, “We ask a lot of them in terms of the technical side of things and they’ve just stepped up big time, so I’m just so happy for them because they’ve had great leadership to follow and I told them next year the torch is being passed to them.”

Gallery found DaSilva for a layup and, after Cooper hit two at the line, stepped into her fourth three of the night to make it a one-possession game, 62-59, with only 1:27 to play. It would be Canton’s last basket. OA scored the final six points, two from Cooper on an offensive rebound and then four from Peper at the line, to hold on and extend its win streak to 10 games.

“I always feel like the season is about improving and being better individually than you were the day before and being better than you were as a team the day before,” said Choquette. “We’re playing better basketball as a team. Now it’s about fine-tuning some of those small things so we don’t have that letdown in the tournament, we don’t have that second quarter.”

When asked about the change in atmosphere after the Canton boys showed up in the second half, Clement-Holbrook said, “I thought that was awesome. I’m so glad that they were here because it really made us play to the level we’re capable of and I think we saw some things tonight we haven’t seen yet and I’m excited for that.”

Oliver Ames (12-1, 11-1) will try to seal at least a share of the league title when it hosts Sharon on Tuesday. Canton (9-5, 8-4) will try to earn win No. 10 and confirm its spot in the postseason when it travels to Stoughton.

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Tuesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 02/01/22

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Basketball
Canton, 40 @ Attleboro, 48 – FinalCanton cut a double-digit halftime deficit down to three in the third quarter but Attleboro finished the quarter strong and pulled away for good with a 10-0 run to start the fourth. Lanse Dorcelus drained a three with three minutes left in the third to make it 28-25 but Attleboro closed with a 7-2 run to take a 35-27 lead into the fourth. Alvin Harrison, who had a career-high 19 points, scored twice down low and then sophomore Neo Franco (eight points) and senior Colin Morais each hit a three as the Bombardiers pushed the lead to 45-27 with five minutes left. Dorcelus scored 12 of his team-high 13 points in the second half, Dillon Nguyen hit a trio of second half trifectas for 12 points, and Matt Chafin had 11 points for the Bulldogs.

Foxboro, 68 @ Taunton, 69 – FinalTaunton’s big three of Trent Santos, Tristan Herry, and Faisal Mass combined for 65 points and the Tigers avoided an upset bid from visiting Foxboro. The Warriors twice rallied from big deficits to make a game of it but came up just short as the buzzer expired. Taunton raced out to a 21-5 lead but Foxboro had a big second quarter to make it a six-point game, 43-37, at halftime. After an even third quarter, Taunton once again stretched its lead to double-digits at 64-51 before the Warriors came charging back in the final minutes. Santos, who dropped a game-high 33 points, sank a pair of free throws with 30 seconds left to put the hosts ahead 69-66. Foxboro finally converted at the rim with under 10 seconds to go but there wasn’t enough time left to force an inbounds and the buzzer sounded for a 69-68 win for Taunton. Santos hit five first-half threes while Faisal Mass also had two in the opening half, finishing with 19 points. Herry added a first half three of his own and finished with 13 points. Dylan Gordon led Foxboro with 22 points, Alex Penders added 15, and Sam Golub chipped in with 13 points with three trifectas for the Warriors, who sank a season-high 11 three-pointers.

North Attleboro, 51 @ King Philip, 65 – FinalClick here for a recap and photo gallery of this game.

Sharon, 57 @ Franklin, 75 – FinalSharon had a one-point lead after the first quarter, Franklin surged ahead by 10 at the halftime break, the Eagles cut it back to eight going into the fourth, and then the Panthers poured in 24 points in the final frame to run away with the win. Senior Sean Vinson (14 points) sank four three-pointers in the fourth quarter and sophomore Henry Digiorgio (game-high 25 points) had five three-pointers in the second half, two in the fourth, to help Franklin pull away. Sophomore Sean O’Leary scored 12 of his 18 points in the opening half as Franklin staked a 35-25 lead at halftime. Sharon’s Donyae Pierre scored eight of his 13 points in the opening quarter and both Will Hippler (10 points) and Matt Baur (10 points) hit first quarter threes to help the Eagles take a 17-16 edge into the first intermission.

Oliver Ames, 56 @ Mansfield, 69 – FinalMansfield jumped out to a double-digit lead by the end of the first quarter and kept OA at bay the rest of the way to finish crossover action with a win. Junior Chris Hill (eight rebounds, four assists, two blocks, two steals) tied a career-high with 21 points, including 13 in the first half to help the Hornets seize a 33-20 advantage at halftime. The Tigers held the hosts to 10 points in the third but Mansfield went 9-for-10 from the line in the fourth and put the game away with 26 points. Andrew Slaney (four steals) hit three three-pointers on his way to 15 points while Caden Colby had eight first-half points for Mansfield. CJ Williams and Drew Baxter paced OA with 11 points each while CJ Santos and Zach Tagliamonte chipped in with 10 points apiece.

Stoughton, 57 @ Milford, 54 – FinalStoughton used a balance attack offensively and survived a last second shot from Milford to record a win on the road. The Black Knights had eight players in the scoring column with senior Cash Mathurin leading the way with 11 points. Stoughton led by four (23-19) after a hot start from both offenses but the Hawks tied it up at 32-all by halftime. Stoughton jumped ahead by the end of the third (45-39). Rayan Sablon had a huge three in the final minutes and finished with a team-high 13 points for Stoughton. Milford had a shot at the go-ahead basket in the final seconds but its bid from the block stayed out. Sophomore Jake Soares led Milford with 13 points.










Girls Basketball
Attleboro, 52 @ Canton, 57 – FinalClick here for a Recap and Photo Gallery from this game.

Taunton, 33 @ Foxboro, 60 – FinalFreshman Kailey Sullivan continued her strong rookie campaign with 22 points, as the warriors earned a fourth straight victory. Camryn Collins also reached double figures for Foxboro, finishing with 11.

Franklin, 61 @ Sharon, 27 – FinalFranklin had 10 players get on the score sheet and the Panthers held their fourth straight opponent under 30 points to improve to 10-0 on the season. Sharon was held to just four points in the first quarter and Franklin broke the game open by scoring 20 in the second for a 29-12 halftime lead. An 18-6 third quarter put distance between the teams. Stefany Padula and Olivia Quinn each scored 14 points. Padula scored all of her points in the middle two quarters and buried four threes. Quinn had five of Franklin’s nine points in the first and another six in the second. Katie Peterson added nine points in the win. Jasmine Davis led the Eagles with nine points and Tess Letendre scored eight.

King Philip, 29 @ North Attleboro, 23 – FinalKP was able to pull out a defensive struggle on the road and moved back to .500 on the season. Although North was able to hold KP’s center Emily Sawyer to six points, the Rocketeers struggled to find the range with only four players getting on the score sheet. Summer Doherty led North with nine points and Taylor McMath added seven, while also doing a strong job defensively in the paint and on the glass. Ava McKeon chipped in with five points.

Mansfield, 36 @ Oliver Ames, 60 – FinalMansfield made a second quarter push to cut the deficit to single digits, but Oliver Ames dominated the second half to get the win. The Tigers limited the visitors to just four free throws in the opening quarter to establish a 20-4 lead through eight minutes. Mansfield made a game of it with a big second, cutting it to 32-23 by halftime. But OA once again locked in defensively, surrendering just three points in the third to run away with the win. Senior Caroline Peper led the way with 15 points and eight assists, sophomore Jasmyn Cooper added 14 points and 11 rebounds, Anna Murphy chipped in with 10 points, and Hailey Bourne set the tone with high energy defensive play. Abby Wager led Mansfield with a team-high 10 points.

Milford, 40 @ Stoughton, 36 – FinalFollowing a 40-point night against Burncoat on Monday, Maddalena Mannucci Pacini scored 23 against Stoughton to help Milford win for the second time in two days. The Black Knights had a 25-23 lead going into the fourth, but the Hawks scored 17 in the final eight minutes to come from behind and pick up the win. Pacini had 11 points through three quarters and exploded for 12 in the fourth, including 4-of-4 at the line, and Maeve Driscoll added four of her nine points in the final quarter to pull out the win. Jess Maddalena led the Black Knights with nine points. Katrina Varnum nearly had a triple-double in the loss, scoring eight points, blocking seven shots, and grabbing nine rebounds, while Alyssa Edwards had seven points and 10 boards.

Boys Hockey
Oliver Ames, 1 @ Franklin, 8 – FinalFranklin came out hot right from the opening puck drop, scoring five goals in the opening period in a league win over visiting Oliver Ames. Dylan Marchand scored twice while Christian Shabbick, Ben Paterson, and Domenic Lampasona each found the back of the net once as Franklin established a 5-0 lead. Shabbick, Logan Marchand, and Dylan McEvoy tacked on goals in the third period for the Panthers. Ryan Sicchio assisted on half of Franklin’s goals, Paterson added three helpers, and Justin Magazu recorded two assists. Andrew Livingstone (from Jack Corey and Sean Kearns) scored a second period goal for OA. Junior Brandon Burke turned away 27 saves for OA while sophomore Cole Pouliot-Porter had 16 saves in the win for the Panthers.

Boys Swimming
Mansfield, 63 @ Seekonk, 94 – FinalMansfield closed its dual meet with a loss to Seekonk but put up some impressive performances in the setback. Rico Balanza won both the 100 free and the 100 back, Kevin McCarthy shaved off seven seconds for a new personal best in a first place finish in the 200 free, Xavier Gwynne set a new PR in his win in the 100 fly, and Ryan Morley came in first in the 100 breaststroke with a new PR. Palanza, Morley, McCarthy, and Gwynne teamed up to take first in the 200 free relay as well.

Girls Swimming
Mansfield, 73 @ Seekonk, 97 – FinalMansfield recorded a handful of season-best times but fell on the road to Seekonk. Sofia Seifert took first in the 100 breaststroke, followed by a second place finish and new PR time from Katherine Elliott. Seifert added a season-best time in the 100 free and took second, Elliott also set a new PR in a second place finish in the 200 IM, and Carla Guirguis set a new personal record in a second place finish in the 100 fly. Separately, over at Wheaton College at the Hockomock League Diving Championships, Mansfield’s Caitlyn Zajac took home the championship with a score of 187.75.

Gymnastics
North Attleboro, 123.15 @ Oliver Ames, 136.3 – FinalSenior Kate McGarry took first place in both the bars and the floor, Abbey DeCouto won the beam, Katie Babinikas grabbed first on the vault, and Oliver Ames finished its final dual meet with a win over North Attleboro. McGarry scored a 9.1 on the bars, and won the floor with a 9.3 while OA captains Peyton Rivers (8.8) and Halley Gramer (8.3) each set new personal bests on the floor. DeCouto and Babanikas each scored 9.0 in their respective wins while Shayla Nagle, Kalli Puskar and Lexi Weintraub all scored key points to help the Tigers.

Tuesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 01/25/22

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Basketball
Attleboro, 77 @ Sharon, 68 – FinalClick here for a Recap and Photo Gallery from this game.

Mansfield, 56 @ Canton, 41 – FinalMansfield opened the game with a dominating first quarter and never looked back to get a win on the road at Canton. The Hornets raced out to a 9-2 lead and then scored 10 points over the final three minutes to establish a 19-4 advantage at the end of the first quarter. Junior Chris Hill scored eight of his 11 points in the opening quarter and Mansfield seized a 27-14 lead at halftime. Caden Colby scored nine of his 12 points in the third to help the Hornets pull away in the second half. Senior Matt Hyland also scored 12 points for the Hornets while Canton senior Lanse Dorcelus scored a game-high 17 points.

Milford, 46 @ Foxboro, 61 – FinalA big first quarter helped Foxboro establish a double-digit lead that it never surrendered the rest of the way to take its second win in as many days. Sam Golub hit a pair of threes and scored nine of his 13 point sin the first quarter as the Warriors jumped out to a 20-3 lead after eight minutes of play. From there, it was an even game with Dylan Gordon scoring eight points in the second and seven more in the fourth, finishing with a game-high 22 points. Junior Alex Penders chipped in with 15 points for the Warriors. Sophomore Jake Soares led the Scarlet Hawks with 13 points while freshman Luca Testa added 10 points.

King Philip, 54 @ Oliver Ames, 65 – FinalAfter a close first quarter, Oliver Ames nearly doubled up on King Philip between the second and third quarters to grab a key crossover win at home. The Tigers took a 20-17 lead after one quarter but held the visiting Warriors to eight points in the second, grabbing a 37-25 halftime lead, and then limited KP to nine points in the third to push the advantage to 50-34 going into the fourth quarter. Junior Zach Tagliamonte got the hosts off to a strong start, scoring 15 of the team’s 20 first quarter points. Tagliamonte finished with a game-high 30 points while Drew Baxter added 13 points for OA, who hit 27 shots from the floor. King Philip had six players connect from downtown for a total of 10 three-pointers. Senior Braeden Sottile hit two of them and finished with a team-high 12 points while senior Charlie Grant also knocked down a pair for 10 points.

Franklin, 71 @ Stoughton, 43 – FinalFranklin had four players score in double figures and used a big third quarter to run away with a win on the road at Stoughton. Senior Sean Vinson (19 points), sophomore Henry Digiorgio (15 points), sophomore Andrew O’Neill (13 points), and sophomore Sean O’Leary (10 points) accounted for 11 of Franklin’s 13 made three-pointers on the night. Digiorgio and O’Leary each hit one in the third and O’Neill knocked down a pair and had a total of 10 points in the third as the Panthers turned a 10-point halftime lead (30-20) into a comfortable 57-37 advantage going into the fourth quarter. Junior Rayan Sablon led the way for the Black Knights with 15 points.

Taunton, 60 @ North Attleboro, 33 – FinalTrent Santos and Troy Santo each knocked down a pair of first quarter three-pointers as the Tigers grabbed an early lead but Taunton needed a big second half to pull away from a pesky North Attleboro side. Taunton led 22-13 after a quarter but a prepared and pesky North defense limited the Tigers to just five points (all from Tristan Herry) in the second quarter as the Rocketeers closed the gap to five, 27-22, at halftime. Taunton responded by limited the hosts to just four points in the third as Trent Santos (17 points), Herry (15 points), and Faisal Mass (14 points) each had a pair of baskets to push the lead back to double-digits, 39-26, going into the fourth. Taunton’s strong defense continued, holding North to seven in the final frame while the offense came back alive for 21 points. Casey Poirier led North Attleboro with 10 points.










Girls Basketball
Sharon, 32 @ Attleboro, 61 – FinalMeghan Gordon scored a game-high 31 points to power Attleboro to a big win. The Bombardiers jumped out to a 21-9 lead after the first, extended the lead in the middle quarters, and then closed with a 15-4 fourth quarter to break the game wide open. Gordon scored 10 of Attleboro’s 12 points in the second and nine of Attleboro’s 15 in the fourth. Kayla Goldrick added nine points and Lindsey Perry and Riley Camacho each had seven for the Bombardiers. Jasmine Davis was the leading scorer for the Eagles with 13 points, while Trinity Payne had six and Rachael Hager had five in the loss.

Canton, 63 @ Mansfield, 56 – FinalClick here for a Recap and Photo Gallery from this game.

Foxboro, 69 @ Milford, 30 – FinalFreshman Kailey Sullivan recorded a career-high 23 points to lead the Warriors to a second win in as many nights. For the second straight game, Foxboro had three players reach double figures. Erin Foley added 13 and Camryn Collin scored a dozen points in the win. Brooke Ferreira was Milford’s leading scorer, finishing with 17.

Stoughton, 27 @ Franklin, 61 – FinalFranklin led 18-3 after one quarter and never allowed Stoughton to get back into the game from there, extending its long win streak and staying unbeaten in league play. Stefany Padula buried a handful of threes on her way to a game-high 17. Katie Peterson had 11 points and Emma Sousa finished with eight. The trio combined for all 17 of Franklin’s points in the third quarter. Sophomore Maiya Merritt had 11 points while Alyssa Edwards chipped in with 8 points for Stoughton.

Oliver Ames, 57 @ King Philip, 32 – FinalOA went on a run at the end of the half to take the lead for good and then locked down defensively in the second half to earn the road win. The Warriors led 11-10 after one but a run near the end of the second quarter gave the Tigers a 26-19 lead heading to the locker room. OA took control with a 16-8 third quarter and then held KP to just five points in the fourth to pull away. Anna Murphy anchored a strong defensive effort from OA and added 13 points offensively. Sophomores Jasmyn Cooper (eight rebounds) and Sarah Hilliard (seven rebounds) tied for the team-high with 14 points apiece while classmate Kaydance Derba added 10 points and eight boards. Emily Sawyer finished with nine points, seven in the first half, to lead the Warriors, which also got eight points from Julia Marsden.

North Attleboro, 30 @ Taunton, 53 – FinalKameron St. Pierre scored 14 points in each half, knocked down four three-pointers, and finished with a game-high 28 to lead the Tigers to a big home win. Summer Doherty was North’s top scorer with 13 (10 in the first half) and no other Rocketeer finished with more than three points. Taunton jumped out to a 19-6 lead in the first and never looked back, leading by 11 at the half and holding North to just two made field goals after the break. Abby Souza added six points, all in the first half, for the Tigers and three other players finished with five.

Swimming
Sharon @ King Philip, 7:00
Taunton @ Brockton, 4:00