Friday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 03/04/22

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Basketball
Division 1

#28 Durfee, 39 @ #5 Franklin, 60 – Final A 15-0 run to start the game and a dominant third quarter highlighted Franklin’s big win over visiting Durfee. Sophomore Henry DiGiorgio made a splash in his first game back after missing five games to finish the season, scoring seven of his 10 points in the first while senior Sean Vinson (14 points) hit a pair of first quarter threes to set the tone early. Justin Allen, Will Tracey, and Andrew O’Neill each hit a three in the second as Franklin established a 31-19 lead at halftime. In the third, the Panthers poured in 21 points while holding the Hilltoppers to just eight to extend the lead to 52-27. Sophomore Sean O’Leary scored half of his 12 points in the third while DiGiorgio added a three for Franklin, who will host #21 Catholic Memorial next week.

#38 Concord-Carlisle, 59 @ #6 Taunton, 64 – FinalClick here for a Recap and Photo Gallery from this game.

#21 Catholic Memorial, 66 @ #12 Attleboro, 62 – Final

Division 2
#31 Middleboro, 41 @ #2 Mansfield, 72 – FinalAfter a competitive first quarter, Mansfield held Middleboro to just four points in the second quarter and nine in the third while its offense didn’t skip a beat from start to finish. The Hornets held a slim 18-14 lead after a quarter but while Mansfield’s offense continued at that same pace in the second, Middleboro’s didn’t thanks to a strong defensive effort from the hosts. Sophomore Trevor Foley scored six points in each of the first three quarters and finished with a career-high 20 points. The Hornets had nine players get on the scoring sheet with senior Matt Hyland chipping in with 13 points and junior Chris Hill (a trio of trifectas) adding 11 points. Mansfield will host ##15 Shepherd Hill next week.

#17 Sharon, 66 @ #16 Agawam, 73 – FinalAfter falling behind early, Sharon rallied to erase most of the deficit but fell just short of the complete comeback. Agawam scored 23 points in the opening quarter with six players contributing to the early advantage. Sharon played the Brownies even in the second, trailing by seven (40-33) at the break. The Eagles, who were without second leading scorer Nate Katznelson, got within one possession (68-65) with just over a minute to go but Agawam closed the game out strong to get the win. Junior Matt Baur led the offense with 19 points while senior Will Hippler scored 15 of his career-high 17 points in the second half to help the Eagles make a game of it. Sophomore Jacob McLoughlin chipped in with 12 points for Sharon.

#24 Foxboro, 70 @ #9 Walpole, 73 – FinalIn a rock fight between two evenly matched teams, Foxboro fell just short on the road at Walpole. A back-and-forth clash saw both teams make runs and take turns with the lead, but neither squad led by double digits throughout the game. The Timberwovles threatened to pull away a couple of times, including early in the fourth before Foxboro junior Alex Penders sank back-to-back three pointers to keep the Warriors in it. Junior Andrew Finn drilled a three with under 30 seconds to go to make it a two-point game. After Walpole hit one of two chances from the line, Foxboro’s heavily contested three point bid was to tie the game was off the mark. Senior Dylan Gordon had his way on the offensive end with a team-high 29 points while Penders finished with 26 points for the Warriors.










Girls Basketball
Division 1

#27 Braintree, 43 @ #6 Franklin, 69 – FinalThe Panthers scored the opening 11 points of the game and never let up, rolling to a big win in the first round. Franklin scored 22 points in the first and 20 int the second, building a 42-21 lead at halftime. The lead grew to 30 points after three. Katie Peterson was Franklin’s top scorer with 17 points, 15 of them coming in the first half. Stefany Padula scored nine (six in the first quarter) and Olivia Quinn and Brigid Earley each scored eight. Julia White chipped in with seven points off the bench for the Panthers. Hailey Sherrick was the game’s top scorer with 22 points for the Wamps, 15 in the second half. Franklin will host No. 11 seed Lincoln-Sudbury in the Sweet Sixteen at a date and time to be determined.

#31 King Philip, 36 @ #2 Wachusett, 54 – FinalKP hung tough with the undefeated Mountaineers through the first half, but the No. 2 seed took control of the game with a big third quarter. The Warriors trailed just 27-23 heading to the locker room, but Wachusett put together a 22-4 third to take control of the game. KP held Wachusett to only five points in the fourth, but was unable to make a serious dent in the deficit. Elizabeth Molla and Jackie Bonner combined for a trio of three-pointers and each scored 11 points to pace the Warriors, while Liv Lafond added eight. KP coach Jeff Miszkiewicz said, “I’m very proud of the way the team conducted themselves in a very tough road environment. They handled themselves with class and left everything they had on the court.”

#26 Mansfield, 37 @ #7 Woburn, 42 – FinalKara Santos scored 18 points and Abby Wager had 14 but it wasn’t enough to help the Hornets overcome Woburn on the road in the Round of 32.

Division 2
#30 North Middlesex, 36 @ #3 Oliver Ames, 79 – FinalOliver Ames senior Caroline Peper poured in 30 points, including the 1,000th of her career, to pace the Tigers to a big win over North Middlesex. OA’s offense was clicking early as the Tigers raced out to a 42-21 lead by halftime. Peper drilled a three-pointer on the first play of the fourth quarter to hit the milestone (see video below). Sophomores Jasmyn Cooper (19 points) and Sarah Hilliard (10 points) also played well in the win.

#23 Tewksbury, 49 @ #10 Canton, 56 – FinalClick here for a Recap and Photo Gallery from this game.

#19 Nashoba, 38 @ #14 Foxboro, 56 – FinalFreshman Kailey Sullivan scored 28 points in her playoff debut, leading the Warriors to first round win. Foxboro advances to the Round of 16 for a rematch with Oliver Ames.

Girls Hockey
Division 1

#24 Mansfield/Oliver Ames, 1 @ #9 Haverhill, 6 – Final

Division 2
#25 Franklin, 0 @ #8 Andover, 4 – Final

Tuesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 03/01/22

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Basketball
Division 2

#46 Ludlow, 40 @ #19 Oliver Ames, 91 – FinalClick here for a Photo Gallery from this game.Oliver Ames senior Zach Tagliamonte scored 13 of his team-high 18 points in the first quarter and the Tigers led from start to finish in a blowout win over Ludlow. Tagliamonte’s strong start helped OA establish a 29-6 lead after eight minutes of action. Junior CJ Williams and freshman Cole Craffey each added 14 points apiece for the Tigers, who led 47-18 by halftime. Oliver Ames will travel to #14 Longmeadow on Saturday at 2:00.

#41 Grafton, 60 @ #24 Foxboro, 63 – FinalIn a back-and-forth contest with two evenly matched teams, Foxboro made the big plays down the stretch to secure a win and advance in the state tournament. Trailing by a point, junior Ryan LeClair drained a straightaway three as the clock ticked under a minute to put the Warriors ahead, 59-57. Andrew Finn and Dylan Gordon helped force a jump ball on the defensive end to get the ball back, and Gordon drove to the basket for two more. The Warriors got another key stop that led to two free throws from Sam Golub to make it 63-57 with under 10 seconds to go. Golub, LeClair (12 points), Finn, and Cam Barreira each hit a three in the opening quarter as Foxboro took a 20-15 lead but Grafton surged back ahead with a 17-8 second quarter. Junior Alex Penders scored eight of his team-high 21 points in the third as Foxboro pulled even, 46-46, going into the fourth. Penders also had a three in the fourth and Gordon scored nine of his 11 points in the final frame. Foxboro travels to #9 Walpole on Friday at 5:00.

Girls Basketball
Division 1

#39 Doherty, 41 @ #26 Mansfield, 57 – FinalAbby Wager exploded for a career-high 34 points to lead the Hornets to a preliminary round win over visiting Doherty. Wager scored 22 points in the first half, as Mansfield opened up a 15-point lead heading into halftime. She and Kara Santos comboned for 10 of Mansfield’s 12 points in the first and the game was tied after eight minutes. In the second, Wager knocked down four three-pointers and scored 16 of Mansfield’s 21 points. The Hornets also held Doherty to just five points in the second to break the game open. In the third, Wager added another seven points, while Doherty managed only five as a team and the Hornets pushed the lead to 20. Santos and Rose Maher each finished with six points. Mansfield advances to the Round of 32 and will travel to No. 7 seed Woburn on Friday.

#34 Plymouth North, 33 @ #31 King Philip, 45 – FinalClick here for a Recap and Photo Gallery from this game.

Boys Hockey
Division 3

#34 Diman, 1 @ #31 Stoughton, 7 – FinalIn its first playoff appearance since 2006, and its first since joining with Brockton, the Black Knights skated to a big 7-1 win over Diman. Colby Strunk lit the lamp twice in the win while Sean Farley, Aidan Obrock, Matt Young, Charlie Caputo, and Cooper Card each scored once for Stoughton. Stoughton advances to the Division 3 Round of 32 to take on #2 Scituate on Saturday at 1:00 at Gallo Arena.

Monday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 02/21/22

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Basketball
Attleboro, 67 vs. Durfee, 42 – FinalAfter falling behind in the first quarter, Attleboro dominated the final three quarters to earn a season sweep of Durfee. Playing shorthanded without leading scorer Evan Houle, the Bombardiers got a huge boost from junior Jaiden Outland, who hit four three pointers and finished with career-high 18 points to pace the Attleboro offense. Durfee held a 18-14 lead after eight minutes but Attleboro came storming back in a 22-point second quarter with Outland netting eight point, Jake Struminski adding six of his eight points, and Colin Morais chipping in with five of his 15 points. The Bombardiers won the second quarter 22-5, taking a 36-23 lead into the locker room.

Canton, 66 vs. Fenway, 49 – FinalHolding a six point lead at the break, Canton used a 19-point third quarter to stretch the lead and eventually finish off Fenway for the second time in as many days. The Bulldogs got scoring contributions from six players in the big third quarter with senior Lanse Dorcelus scoring six of his team-high 16 points, senior Nate Mei adding five of his 13 points, and Matt Chafin (11 points), Dillon Nguyen, Conor Hunter, and Bahsor Mahn (eight points) all scored in the quarter as Canton turned its halftime lead (32-26) in a 51-36 advantage going into the fourth. Jacob Solomon added a trio of threes and finished with nine points.

Foxboro, 58 vs. Medfield, 54 – FinalTied at halftime, Foxboro pulled ahead for good with a big third quarter to land a key win over Division 2 foe Medfield. Foxboro had a 20-15 lead after a quarter but the teams went into the locker room at halftime deadlocked, 30-30. Five different Foxboro players scored in the third and the Warriors had their best defensive frame of the game, winning the third 17-9. Alex Penders had five of his 14 points, Andrew Finn and Cam Barreira each sank a three, Sam Golub (nine points) added a basket, and Dylan Gordon had four of his team-high 22 points to help Foxboro pull away.

Franklin, 43 vs. Leominster, 30 – FinalAnchored by one of its best defensive efforts of the season, Franklin landed an impressive win over one of the two ranked teams in Division 2. Junior Ben Harvey had a fantastic showing on the defensive end, holding one of Central Mass’ best players Justin Dadah Jr. to just one three-pointer in the fourth quarter. The Panthers used a 16-0 run across the first and second quarters to create separation. Sophomore Sean O’Leary scored eight of his 11 points in the opening half while Harvey got it going on the offensive end with six points in the second. Geino Scaringello gave the Franklin offense a big boost in the second half with all of his nine points coming over the final two frames.

King Philip, 68 vs. Falmouth, 36 – FinalKing Philip poured in 26 points in the third quarter to run away with a big win over Falmouth in the first round of the Somerset-Berkley tournament. The Warriors built a 27-16 lead at halftime, getting a trio of three-pointers from Grant Kinney in the first half and one apiece from Braeden Sottile (10 points) and freshman Tommy Kilroy. Junior Will Laplante took over in the third, hitting three more threes and went on to finish with 16 of his team-high 24 points after the halftime break. Charlie Grant and Sottile also hit threes in the third quarter for KP, who had 12 makes from three-point range.

Mansfield, 56 vs. Westford Academy, 41 – FinalClick here for a Photo Gallery from this game. Mansfield struggled in the opening quarter against Westford’s zone, but the Hornets turned things around in the second quarter to send the teams into the locker room tied. In the second half, Mansfield locked down defensively, allowing only one point in the third and 12 points in the half, to pull out a win against a team ranked in the top 10 in Div. 1 and advance to the final of the Roundball Classic. Matt Hyland led all scorers with 16, 10 in the second half, and added nine rebounds, five assists, and four steals. Chris Hill added 13, including seven in the second to help the Hornets even up the game and 4-for-4 from the line in the fourth quarter. Andrew Slaney nailed four threes, including two in the first to keep Mansfield close, and finished with 12 points. Mansfield hit eight from beyond the arc as a team and will face the winner of Whitman-Hanson and Brockton in Wednesday’s final.

Milford, 46 vs. Shrewsbury, 57 – Final

Sharon, 59 vs. Walpole, 71 – FinalSharon trailed by just three at halftime but Walpole exploded for 27 points in the third quarter to run away with the win in the championship game of the Davenport Classic. Sophomore Nate Katznelson dropped a career-high 27 points for the Eagles, but Walpole’s balanced attack — five players scored in the third — and successful three-point shooting in the third (five makes) ended up the difference.

Stoughton, 59 vs. Milton, 38 – FinalAfter a back-and-forth first quarter, Stoughton dominated the middle quarters to build a double digit lead that never relinquished the rest of the way. Junior Rayan Sablon hit four three-pointers in the first half and finished with 22 of his career-high 31 points to help the Black Knights get the win. Connor Andrews added nine of his 17 points in the opening half as Stoughton built a 34-19 lead at halftime and had a 46-25 lead going into the fourth.

Taunton, 77 @ New Bedford, 42 – FinalTaunton senior Trent Santos scored his 1,000th career point as the Tigers rolled to a big win to finish the regular season. Santos finished with 29 points in the win and hit the milestone with — fittingly — a pull up three in transition in the fourth quarter. Santos had five threes in the game and 10 total makes. Chris Volcy came off the bench and scored half of his 12 points in Taunton’s 25-point second quarter, turning a close game into a blowout by halftime (43-21). Faisal Mass added eight points for Taunton, which had nine players get in the scoring column.










Girls Basketball
Attleboro, 61 @ Durfee, 30 – FinalThe Bombardiers held Durfee to 12 points in the first half, building a 32-12 lead through two quarters and never looking back to record a fifth straight win. Meghan Gordon scored 12 of her 16 points and Lindsey Perry scored all seven of her points in the first half to get Attleboro off to a great start. Vanessa Ellis scored 13 points (eight in the second half) and Rylie Camacho buried four three-pointers and finished with 12. Avery Vieira scored six of her eight points in the fourth.

Foxboro, 61 vs. Cambridge, 30 – FinalKailey Sullivan scored 23 points, knocking down five three-pointers, as the Warriors rolled to a big win in the opening round of the Warrior Classic. Nine players scored for Foxboro, which will face Walpole on Tuesday night in the final.

Mansfield, 54 vs. Westford Academy, 55 – FinalClick here for a Photo Gallery from this game. Abigail Chambers hit a three from six feet behind the arc with only 4.5 on the clock and Westford pulled out a come from behind win in the first round of the Roundball Classic. The Hornets had led 54-48 in the closing minutes, but Westford closed the game on a 7-0 run. Abby Wager scored a team-high 22 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, to pace the Hornets. She added six rebounds and four steals. Kara Santos chipped in with nine points (five in the fourth) and Bridget Hanley added nine points, five assist, and two blocks. Natlya Gill came off the bench and scored seven points. Mansfield will face Natick on Wednesday afternoon in the consolation round of the tournament.

Taunton, 52 vs. New Bedford, 59 – FinalTaunton and New Bedford had a shootout in the second half, as the teams combined for 68 points, but the Tigers weren’t able to pull off a comeback in the season finale and the Whalers earned a split of the season series. Kameron St. Pierre had a team-high 17 points for the Tigers, all of them in the second half, and knocked down three from beyond the arc. Liv Gannon scored nine, all in the first half, and Cali Melo and Abby Souza each scored eight points for the Tigers.

Canton, 46 @ Westwood, 40 – FinalThe Bulldogs closed out the regular season by winning the title at the Riley Classic and beating one of the teams ahead of them in the Div. 2 power rankings. Fay Gallery scored 17 points, dished our four assists, and had three steals to lead the way for Canton. Kiara Cerruti added 16 points and three steals and Sydney Gallery had seven points, five boards, and three assists. Canton also got a lot of help on the glass, with Han Hong and Erin Beatty each pulling down six rebounds and Samya DaSilva grabbing five boards. Marissa Staffiere made a pair of clutch free throws at the end to help seal the win. Fay Gallery was named tournament MVP and Cerruti was named to the all-tournament team.

King Philip, 49 vs. Archbishop Williams, 28 – FinalKP jumped out to a 16-2 lead after one quarter and extended that lead to 34-6 at halftime, running away with a big win in the consolation round of the end-of-season tournament. The Warriors had 48 points through three quarters. All 14 players saw time on the court and 11 ended up on the score sheet. Liv Lafond led the Warriors with 10 points, while Emily Sawyer had eight and Kylie Watson and Julia Marsden each scored seven points in the win. Olivia Ali knocked down a three-pointer for her first career varsity points.

Boys Hockey
North Attleboro, 1 vs. Walpole, 3 – Final

Mansfield, 3 vs. King Philip, 6 – Final

Stoughton, 1 @ Rockland, 2 – Final (OT)After being shutout by Rockland in the first time around, Stoughton pushed the Bulldogs to the limit this time around before falling in overtime. Joe McNulty had the goal for the Black Knights, Steven Westerlund had a strong game defensively, and Chris Andrade played well in net with 29 saves.

Girls Hockey
Mansfield/Oliver Ames, 4 vs. Dedham, 0 – FinalMOA freshman Emma Rabinovich sparked the offense with her first career goal less than a minute into the game and the Warriors never looked back, skating to a shutout win over Dedham. Rabinovich lit the lamp 30 seconds into the game and then Kylie O’Keefe doubled the lead with a minute left in the period to make it 2-0. Cammy Shanteler (from O’Keefe) and Cataline Kipp each added a goal for the Warriors. Jess Widdop made 35 saves in net to earn the shutout for MOA.

King Philip, 5 vs. Milton, 0 – Final

Tuesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 02/15/22

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Basketball
Attleboro, 69 @ King Philip, 44 – FinalA fire alarm midway through the third quarter at King Philip was a sign of things for come, but for the visiting Bombardiers. After a tight, back-and-forth first half, Attleboro’s offense caught fire in the second, opening with a 14-2 run and never looking back. The Bombardiers led by just two (17-15) after a quarter, and just three (31-28) going into halftime. Six players contributed to Attleboro’s 21-point third quarter with Evan Houle (nine points) and Jake Struminski (14 points) each chipping in with five, four from Colin Morais (eight points), and three from Alvin Harrison (five points). In his first game back, sophomore Neo Franco added 11 points while senior Joe Francois-Annevil spread out his career-high 17 points for the Bombardiers, who stretched the lead to 52-35 going into the fourth. Braeden Sottile led KP with 15 points while Will Laplante added 14 points.

Canton, 67 @ Sharon, 68 – Final (OT)Sharon senior John Baez turned a steal into two points, junior Matt Baur hit a key three, and sophomore Jacob McLoughlin added two free throws down the stretch as the Eagles held off Canton to clinch at least a share of the Davenport division title. After neither team scored for the first two minutes of overtime, Baez (13 points) helped off his man and poked the ball free, going uncontested for a layup with 1:51 to play. Nate Mei (15 points) answered with a baseline jumper to tie the game again but the Eagles came back down and Baur (18 points) splashed in a corner three with the shot clock winding down. Sharon got a stop but Canton forced a turnover and Lanse Dorcelus (26 points) sank a free throw to cut the deficit to two with 29 seconds left. McLoughlin (10 points) tacked on two free throws to push it back to four. Matt Chafin (15 points) hit a three as time expired to cut it back to one. Canton sent the game into overtime with a 9-0 run in the final minutes, capped by a three from Conor Hunter with nine seconds to go to tie it 61-61. Sophomore Nate Katznelson added 10 points for the Eagles, who led 11-5 after the first quarter, 27-25 at halftime, and 48-41 going into the fourth.

Oliver Ames, 53 @ Foxboro, 55 – FinalFoxboro junior Alex Penders scored a career-high 30 points, including some key free throws in the final two minutes, to help the Warriors knock off Oliver Ames and keep their division title hopes alive. OA raced out to an 18-7 lead after a quarter of play and carried a 28-23 advantage into halftime. Senior Dylan Gordon exploded for 10 of his 14 points in the third quarter and Penders added eight as the Warriors put up 20 points to jump ahead 43-42 going into the fourth. Penders extended Foxboro’s lead with free throws to 54-51 with under a minute to go. OA’s Zach Tagliamonte (11-for-13 free throws, 25 points) battled through contact to finish down low to make it a one-point game before Foxboro added a free throw from Sam Golub. Off a miss on the second free throw with 6.5 seconds, the Warriors were able to prevent the Tigers from getting a shot off before the buzzer.

Franklin, 73 @ Milford, 53 – FinalFranklin connected on seven three pointers in the second quarter alone, blowing the game wide open in a win on the road at Milford, which was the 200th career win for FHS head coach CJ Neely. The Panthers jumped out to a 17-10 lead after eight minutes but junior Geino Scaringello and freshman Caden Sullivan each hit a pair of second quarter threes while Evan DaSilva, Will Tracey, and Sean O’Leary each had one as Franklin’s lead ballooned to 43-22 by halftime. Franklin finished with 13 three-pointers in the win and had 10 players find the score sheet, let by O’Leary’s 19 points and Sean Vinson’s 10 points.

Mansfield, 46 @ Taunton, 56 – FinalClick here for a recap and photo gallery of this game.

Stoughton, 50 @ North Attleboro, 61 – FinalNorth Attleboro saw its first half lead vanish in the third quarter but the Rocketeers bounced back with its best quarter of the game in the fourth, pouring in 24 points to run away with the win and a season sweep of the Black Knights. North jumped out to a 16-9 lead after a quarter as senior Casey Poirier scored nine of his team-high 25 points in the opening frame. A three from Brody Rosenberg (20 points) and a pair of buckets from Givany Carney (eight points) helped the Rocketeers take a 29-23 lead into halftime. Connor Andrews (16 points) hit a pair of threes in the third for Stoughton while Rayan Sablon (11 points) and Matt Greenspoon each hit one as Stoughton surged ahead, 38-37, going into the fourth. Poirier and Rosenberg came to life in the fourth, each attributing nine points as North pulled away with the win.










Girls Basketball
King Philip, 34 @ Attleboro, 46 – FinalAttleboro outscored the Warriors by 10 in the second half to win its third straight game and sweep the season series. The score was 19-17 heading into the locker room, but the Bombardiers had a strong 14-7 third quarter to create a cushion heading to the fourth. Behind six points from Kayla Goldrick and four from Meghan Gordon, Attleboro won the final quarter 13-10 to seal the final win. Goldrick led the Bombardiers with 14 points, including a pair of threes, and Lindsey Perry added nine. Gordon, the team’s leading scorer, was held to eight points in the win. Emily Sawyer and Maddie Paschke both finished with eight points for KP, which also got six points from Liv Lafond.

Sharon, 50 @ Canton, 70 – FinalCanton coach Jim Choquette earned his 100th career win, as the Bulldogs picked up a third straight win. Jasmine Davis had a big game in the loss, scoring 25 points and pulling down 30 rebounds. Eva Poulton added 10 points for the Eagles.

Foxboro, 41 @ Oliver Ames, 61 – FinalClick here for a Recap and Photo Gallery from this game.

Milford, 19 @ Franklin, 80 – FinalAll 14 players scored for the Panthers, as they continued their unbeaten run. Milford stayed within seven after the first, but Franklin scored 24 points in each of the second and third quarters to take complete control. The Panthers held Milford to six points in the second half. Olivia Quinn was Franklin’s top scorer with 13 points (11 in the first half). Stefany Padula added 11, knocking down three from beyond the arc, and Katie Peterson and Sasha Tracey each finished with 10 points. Brooke Ferreira scored all of her team-high eight points in the first half and the Hawks also got three points from Erin Michelson.

Taunton, 46 @ Mansfield, 61 – FinalThe Hornets came out firing, jumping out to a 25-6 lead that they never looked back from, despite Taunton rallying in the third (winning the quarter 16-5). After Taunton cut the lead to seven going into the fourth, Mansfield scored 19 points over the final eight minutes, including six each from Abby Wager and Olivia Salisbury, to seal the victory. Wager finished with a dozen points. Kara Santos led the Hornets with 14 points, including eight in the first, and Bridget Hanley and Salisbury each scored nine. Kameron St. Pierre scored a game-high 27 points, including all 13 of Taunton’s points in the second quarter. Cali Melo added 13 for the Tigers, all in the second half.

North Attleboro, 48 @ Stoughton, 28 – FinalSummer Doherty scored a season-high 21 points and North Attleboro held the Black Knights to just two points in the third quarter to pull out the road win. It was only a three-point game after one quarter and North built the lead to 21-15 at the half, but then took the third 14-2 to break the game open. Ava McKeon added eight points and Sam Faria had six for the Rocketeers.

Boys Hockey
Attleboro, 1 @ Oliver Ames, 3 – FinalOliver Ames got its second win in as many days, skating to a league win over Attleboro at Asiaf. Matt Lawson, Jack Perron, and Shaun Teehan each lit the lamp once for the Tigers, who had five players record an assist. Junior Brandon Burke made 17 saves in net to get the win.

Canton, 6 @ Smithfield (R.I.), 0 – Final

Mansfield Closes Busy Week With Comeback at Milford

Mansfield girls basketball
Mansfield’s Anna Darlington take the ball to the basket in the first half of Saturday’s game at Milford. The Hornets came from behind to earn their 10th win. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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MILFORD, Mass. – It has been a long week for Mansfield. Saturday afternoon’s trip to Milford was the fifth game in seven days for the Hornets. Coupled with an early tip, Mansfield could be forgiven for not starting the game with a ton of energy, but the Hornets picked it up with a 22-point third quarter that proved to be the difference.

Click here for a photo gallery from this game.

Abby Wager and Kara Santos scored 16 points apiece, combining for 17 in the third quarter alone, and Mansfield was able to hold the Hawks to just five points and one made basket in the fourth to pull out a 56-47 win that leaves Mansfield on the brink of clinching a spot in the postseason.

“We were playing catch up energy-wise,” said Mansfield coach Heather McPherson. “I said they’re going to come out with confidence, they’re going to come out with energy, we need to find it and start right from the beginning. Obviously, we didn’t meet that goal but I think they did what they needed to do to chip away and put it back in our favor.”

Energy was no problem for Milford at the start of the game. The Hawks were also playing their second game in about 16 hours, but came out aggressive on both ends of the court. Emily Croteau (nine points and six rebounds) got things started with a three from the wing and then Brooke Ferreira buried one as well. A Bridget Hanley layup off an inbounds play and a Natalya Gill steal that led to an Anna Darlington bucket got Mansfield within one but Croteau answered with a layup.

Santos had a pair of put-backs to get her night started (she would finish with 13 rebounds) but sophomore Khatrina Leger (11 points and five rebounds), a transfer from Leominster, matched her on the other end to put Milford up 13-11 after one.

“It’s a testament to my girls,” said Milford coach TJ Dolliver. “They’ve been playing hard. We’ve been competing for a while now with some of these big name teams. They want to be here. It’s noon on a Saturday and we have that type of energy, so they want to be here. They’re playing hard and I love that energy.”

The teams kept firing away in the second quarter. Erin Michelson (six points) started it with a three and Santos came down with a nice post move and lefty hook. Croteau added her second three of the game, but Wager (five steals) got on the board with her first three of the day. Michelson hit from deep again to extend the lead to 24-18 but Darlington (10 points, four steals, and three assists) fed Santos in the post for two and then drilled a three.

Milford was hanging in offensively even though leading scorer Maddalena Mannucci Pacini had yet to get on the board. That changed after Mansfield tied it at 24, as she stepped into a long three to put the Hawks back in front and then got free off an inbounds play for a layup. It was 29-27 Milford heading to the locker room, and the Hawks had six threes as a team.

“It’s not just the girls that are in the game, it’s the girls on the bench who don’t get a lot of playing time,” said Dolliver about his team’s compete level. “We have a lot of girls that can knock down some shots. I feel like everyone has stepped up and found their role and worked hard at it.”

Mansfield turned things around in the third. Santos tied it with a layup, but Pacini grabbed a loose ball and hit a pull-up three in transition to make it 32-29. Wager got a layup, Pacini answered with another three, and then Santos pulled down an offensive rebound to set Wager up for a triple. Wager hit a tough runner on the baseline that made it 36-35, Mansfield’s first lead of the game.

Pacini beat the shot clock buzzer with a runner to put the Hawks back in front 40-39, but Wager hit a contested, off-balance three that put the Hornets in front for good. She finished with 11 of her 16 points in the quarter, although she also picked up her fourth foul. Hanley (five points, four assists, and six rebounds) drained a three and Santos and Darlington each got to the rim for buckets, as the Hornets led 49-42 heading to the fourth.

“We went bigger and we were allowed to switch,” McPherson explained. “You can’t cheat off of Abby but then you have to leave Kara, so making them make a choice. Kara hit some big bunnies and Abby hit some big shots too so it worked in our favor.”

Up to that point, the fewest either team had scored in a quarter was Mansfield with 11 in the first. Over the final eight minutes, the teams combined for just 12 points, three made field goals, and 5-for-11 from the line.

Milford needed more than four minutes to get its first points and more than 6-1/2 minutes for its first made field goal. Mansfield’s offense was also a grind, as the Hornets didn’t knock down a second shot until more than five minutes had gone in the fourth.

“They start to inch away, but we don’t pack it in,” Dolliver said. “It’s just tough if we go on a little run where we don’t score and it just starts to settle in that they’re scoring here and there and we’re not and they start to inch away, but they still battle no matter what.”

Santos scored through contact to put the Hornets up by nine. Pacini (game-high 17 points) made two at the line with 3:41 left to cut it back to seven (51-44). Almost a minute later, Rose Maher (five points) had the biggest shot of the night for the Hornets, drilling a three from the wing to extend the lead to 10 with less than three minutes to go.

“This was a big one for us,” said McPherson. “Looking at it, we stacked our own (end-of-season) Roundball Tournament with teams that are in the playoffs (Natick, Bishop Feehan, Westford Academy), so we need to finish out the Hock strong and I think it’s preparing us for the tournament, which is good.”

Mansfield (10-7), who went 4-1 over this tough week, will have the chance to clinch a playoff berth when it hosts Taunton on Tuesday. Milford (4-13) will head to undefeated Franklin on Tuesday.

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Wednesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 02/09/22

Today’s games are listed below.

Girls Basketball
Foxboro, 39 vs. Wachusett, 50 – FinalClick here for a photo gallery of this game. Foxboro got off to a strong start on Wednesday against unbeaten Wachusett, leading 11-8 after one, but struggled to maintain its offensive output and the experienced Mountaineers made the plays down the stretch to pick up the win. Camryn Collins was the top scorer for Foxboro with 14 points, scoring five each in the first and the third. Hannah Blake also had a big game for the Warriors with 13 pints and 14 rebounds. Erin Foley chipped in with seven points and Kailey Sullivan added five. The Warriors had the lead down to four in the fourth quarter (36-32) before Wachusett senior Charlotte Head took over. She scored nine of her game-high 19 in the fourth and Wachusett closed the game on a 14-7 run to win by double digits.

North Attleboro, 39 @ Franklin, 60 – FinalFranklin jumped out to a 35-16 lead by halftime and never looked back, picking up its fourth win in four days and clinching the outright Kelley-Rex title in the process. Stefany Padula led the way for the Panthers, burying four three-pointers and scoring a game-high 20 points, including eight points in the first as Franklin led 17-8. Padula added another seven points in the second, helping the Panthers score another 18 points in the quarter. Olivia Quinn hit a pair of threes and scored 12 points and Katie Peterson added 11. Brigid Earley and Julia White each scored six points in the win. North’s offense got going in the second half, as the Rocketeers scored 23 points (including a 13-6 fourth quarter), but it wasn’t enough to close the gap. Sam Faria was North’s top scorer with eight points, including a pair from downtown, while Abby Camelio added seven. Summer Doherty scored six and Ava McKeon scored five in the loss.

Stoughton, 24 @ Mansfield, 51 – FinalMansfield used its defense to pull out a win on Tuesday and was dominant again on Wednesday for a third win in the last four days. After a 13-9 first quarter, the Hornets held Stoughton to just four points in the second, seven in the third, and four in the fourth. The Hornets are now just one win away from clinching a playoff berth. Abby Wager had a game-high 13 points for the Hornets, scoring all of her points in the second and third quarters. Bridget Hanley added six in the third, on a pair of threes, and had 11 for the game. Kara Santos added 10 points and Olivia Salisbury had seven for the Hornets. For Stoughton, senior forward Vanessa Phelimond grabbed 10 boards and had eight points, Kate Bulger scored six points, and freshman Leah McCarty chipped in with seven points and seven boards.

Boys Hockey
Attleboro, 1 @ Franklin, 9 – FinalEight different Panthers found the back of the net as Franklin celebrated senior night with a win over visiting Attleboro. Dan Daley scored a pair of third period goals for the Panthers while Ryan Sicchio, Ben Jarosz, Aiden Linehan, Aiden Kuykendall, Ben Paterson, Tommy Balducci, and Domenic Lampasona each found the back of the net once. Nate Parker scored an unassisted second period goal for Attleboro while Nick Piazza turned away 45 shots in net.

Canton, 7 vs. Bishop Feehan, 1 – Final

North Attleboro, 5 @ Foxboro, 0 – FinalClick here for a Photo Gallery from this game.

Mansfield, 4 @ Taunton, 2 – Final

King Philip, 3 @ Oliver Ames, 0 – Final

Stoughton, 8 vs. Wareham, 0 – FinalStoughton notched a key win in its push for a spot in the Division 3 State Tournament, knocking off visiting Wareham/Carver. Colby Strunk led the offense with four goals while Cooper Card, Josh Greenspoon and Steven Westerlund scored a goal each. Chris Andrade and Sean McGowan combined for the shutout for the Black Knights.

Girls Hockey
Stoughton/Sharon, 0 @ Mansfield/Oliver Ames, 8 – FinalClick here for a photo gallery of this game.Mansfield/Oliver Ames exploded for six goals in the middle period in a win over visiting Stoughton/Sharon. Cataline Kipp scored a pair of goals for the Warriors while Kylie O’Keefe, Maeve Anastasia, Ava Adams, Erin DiCenzo, Madison Guilfoyle, and Samantha Ledin each lit the lamp once. Jess Widdop recorded the shutout in net for MOAF. Janelle Murphy played well in net for Stoughton/Sharon.

King Philip, 8 vs. Ursuline Academy, 0 – Final

Franklin, 2 @ Longmeadow, 4 – Final

Wrestling
Stoughton vs. Middleboro, 6:00

Taunton, 67 @ Bristol Plymouth, 6 – FinalTaunton knocked off city rival Bristol-Plymouth to claim the City of Taunton Championships and Christian Balmain became the program’s all-time wins record with his 114th career win. Balmain surpassed former team captain Keith Porazzo, who held the previous record at 113. Michael Leskoski, Ryan Jones, Brandon Mendes, Anthony Vieira, Xavier Sandoval, Ben Mandeville, John Mandeville, Elijah Prophete, Peter Ye, Logan Frank, and Robert Tran also won for the Tigers.

Mansfield Rides Its Defense to Pull Out Win at KP

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Abby Wager scored the final five points of the game to lift Mansfield a to a come from behind victory at King Philip. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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WRENTHAM, Mass. – With the regular season entering the home stretch and teams jockeying for playoff positioning or trying to find those last couple of results to secure a postseason berth, being able to grind out a result is critical. Sometimes that requires finding a way to win even when you’re held to just one point for nearly seven minutes of the fourth quarter.

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Despite struggling to find its offense in the final quarter, Mansfield made enough defensive plays late, knocked down some crucial free throws and managed to walk out of Tuesday night’s game at the Wooden Gym with a 40-36 victory over King Philip.

“We have been letting up too many points,” said Mansfield coach Heather McPherson. 
“I think we’re athletic enough to compete and we’ve been working really, really hard on defense and our mentality is that defense keeps you in games. The defense kept us in that game.

“How many other games can you score one point (in the fourth) until two minutes left and come out with a win?”

KP went into the fourth trailing by 10, 32-22, and without guard Jackie Bonner (eight points), who left with an injured wrist midway through the second quarter. The Warriors fought back, locking down on the defensive end and finding ways to get buckets on the other end.

Jordan Bennett was able to provide some of the offensive spark that KP lost when Bonner had to leave the game. She buried a big three to start the fourth and then snagged a steal on one end and turned it into a fast break layup on the other.

“You don’t just replace a player like Jackie with one player, so all five on the court needed to step up to replace that kind of production and they all definitely did,” said KP coach Jeff Miszkiewicz.

He added, “We’ve never given up all year. This team always fights to the very end and I think we started playing more active on defense, especially off the ball, and they executed that really well in the second half.”

Liv Lafond had been largely quiet offensively through three quarters, but she started to get more aggressive as well. She made a nice cut to the basket and Emily Sawyer (10 points, 16 rebounds, and four blocks) made the pass across the lane for a layup that cut the lead to just two. Bennett then swung the pass out to Lafond (seven points) for a big straightaway three with only 2:10 on the clock that gave KP its first lead since early in the second quarter.

Julia Marsden was able to get the ball into Sawyer for a basket and KP led 36-33. Rose Maher came off the bench and gave Mansfield a much-needed boost, getting fouled and making two clutch free throws to cut the lead to one with 1:17 to go.

Despite being held to just three points in the fourth, Mansfield was still hanging around. Olivia Salisbury stepped in and picked off a pass just as the shot clock was expiring. She fired a lead pass out to Abby Wager (game-high 17 points) and the junior guard was able to make the tough finish in transition to restore Mansfield’s lead.

After another defensive stand, Wager knocked down a pair at the line, putting the Hornets up three with 15.7 remaining. KP got a look at a tying three but it went off the rim and out of bounds with three seconds on the clock. A timeout was attributed to KP, but they had used up their complement of timeouts, so Wager was able to seal the win with the first technical free throw.

“We executed the game plan really well, just a couple things didn’t go our way,” Miszkiewicz explained. “I think we just need to get more consistent and improve our IQ down the stretch. That’s been kind of an Achille’s heel for us throughout the year.”

KP had jumped out to an early lead in the game. Bonner nailed a pair of threes in the opening quarter and Leah Santoro’s jumper had the Warriors up 12-6 after one.

The lead was short-lived, as Mansfield stormed back with a 15-2 second quarter. Bonner had KP’s lone bucket but then was injured taking her second charge of the night and never returned. Maher started the comeback with a three and Wager tied it with one of her own. Wager added a put-back and then a deep three to put the Hornets in front.

After Salisbury got free for a layup, Wager knocked down another pull-up jumper and the Hornets led 21-14 heading to the locker room.

The Warriors came out with the first six points of the third, cutting the lead back to one, Santoro making a big three during the run, but Mansfield calmed down and started to pull away again. Hallie Popat made a nice entry pass to get Kara Santos (12 points and nine rebounds) free on the block for a basket plus the foul.

“As a sophomore, she has come into her own,” McPherson said of Santos. “Sometimes when we give her feedback we forget that she’s just a sophomore. She doesn’t play like it, she plays with confidence. She’s really turned a nice corner.”

Santos, who was going up against the much taller Sawyer on the block, added two points by crashing the glass and Wager got a layup to send Mansfield into the fourth up 32-22.

“An away game win against a team that I think if we played 10 times we’d split, honestly,” said McPherson. “I think this is a big win for us because this is a heck of a week. To get this momentum and be able to go home tomorrow against Stoughton, it was big for us.”

Mansfield (8-6) is in the midst of a busy week and will host Stoughton on Wednesday night. King Philip (7-7) will host Milford on Friday.

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Sunday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 02/06/22

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Basketball
Franklin, 55 @ Attleboro, 49 – Final
King Philip, 60 @ Foxboro, 72 – Final
Mansfield, 59 vs. Natick, 44 – Final
Sharon, 63 @ North Attleboro, 55 – Final
Taunton, 60 vs. New Bedford, 48 – Final
Milford, 42 vs. BC High, 81 – Final

Girls Basketball
Attleboro, 31 @ Franklin, 62 – FinalClick here for a Photo Gallery from this game. Franklin dominated the first and third quarters and rolled to a big win over the second place team in the Kelley-Rex. The Panthers opened the game on fire, taking the first quarter 24-7. Attleboro played nearly even in the second (10-8), but the Franklin stormed out of halftime with an 18-4 third to put the game out of reach. Franklin’s full-court press and interior defense proved too much, as the Panthers have allowed only three teams in 11 games to score more than 33 points in a game. Katie Peterson led all scorers with 15 points, and added two blocks and three steals. Stefany Padula chipped in with 10 points, eight of them in the first quarter. Brigid Earley scored seven and had three blocks and Olivia Quinn scored six points. Attleboro was led by Meghan Gordon, who scored eight points despite being under the weather. Rylie Camacho added five and Sarah Maher and Lily Routhier each scored four for the Bombardiers.

Mansfield, 45 vs. Fontbonne, 32 – FinalKara Santos scored 18 points and Mansfield held Fontbonne to 10 or fewer points in each quarter to pull out a non-league win in the rescheduled finale of the Hornets’ holiday tournament. Santos, who was named to the all-tournament team, scored six points apiece in the first and third quarters. Mansfield held a 13-7 lead after the first, extended it by a point in the second, and then pushed it to double digits in the third. The fourth quarter was a defensive stalemate, with both teams scoring seven points, as the Hornets closed out the win. Abby Wager had nine points for the Hornets, while Rose Maher knocked down a pair of threes for six points, and Bridget Hanley added five in the win.

Taunton, 52 @ New Bedford, 49 – FinalTaunton rallied in the final minute to pull out a non-league road win against the Whalers. Kameron St. Pierre led all scorers with 25 points. The junior guard knocked down three from beyond the arc and shot 8-of-9 from the line. The game was tied at 12 after one, with St. Pierre scoring eight points for the Tigers, including a pair of threes. New Bedford grabbed a three-point lead going into halftime, but the Tigers answered back with strong third quarter to go ahead by four. The Whalers battled back in the fourth, leading 47-46 in the final minute, but then Taunton closed on a 6-2 run to seal the win. Olivia Gannon had a big night for Taunton scoring 12 points and grabbing 15 boards. Jillian Doherty added 11 points in the win.

Boys Hockey
Taunton, 4 @ Attleboro, 0 – FinalClick here for a Recap and Photo Gallery from this game.

Canton, 2 vs. Natick, 1 – Final

Franklin, 1 vs. Reading, 2 – Final

Girls Hockey
Mansfield/Oliver Ames, 1 @ Bishop Feehan, 4 – FinalClick here for a Photo Gallery from this game.

Stoughton/Sharon @ Central Catholic, 12:20

Franklin, 2 @ West/East Bridgewater, 2 – Final

Wrestling
Sharon vs. Maimonides, 11:00

Boys Swimming
Hockomock Championships, 9:00 (@ Milford)

Indoor Track (@ Reggie Lewis Center)
Hockomock League Championships, 5:30

Friday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 01/28/22

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Basketball
Mansfield, 69 @ Attleboro, 50 – FinalClick here for a recap and photo gallery of this game.

Canton, 40 @ Foxboro, 46 – FinalFoxboro held the visiting Bulldogs to just two points in the third quarter to get back into the game and then had its best offensive quarter of the game, scoring 18 points in the fourth to earn a comeback win over Canton. The Bulldogs built a 16-6 advantage after eight minutes of action and carried a 28-19 lead into the locker room. Foxboro cut it to just two, down 30-28, going into the fourth. Canton kept the lead for the majority of the fourth, getting an early three from Jacob Solomon, and then another triple from Conor Hunter with 2:19 to play to make it 40-37. An offensive rebound from Alex Penders turned into two free throws from Dylan Gordon to make it a one-point game with just under two minutes to go. Ryan LeClair forced a turnover and Gordon sank a corner three with 1:08 to go to put the Warriors ahead for the first time all half, 42-40. LeClair forced another turnover and Penders sank two free throws with 31 seconds to go and the Warriors ended with back-to-back stops. Gordon had 15 of his team-high 20 points in the second half while Penders scored 10 of his 12 points after the break. Lanse Dorcelus had a team-high 12 points while Matt Chafin added nine points.

King Philip, 46 @ Franklin, 69 – FinalAfter giving up 16 points in the opening quarter, Franklin’s defense limited the visiting Warriors to 11 points or less in each of the next three quarters on its way to a win. Franklin also got off to a good start offensively with 22 points in the opening quarter. The Panthers extended the lead in each of the next three frames, pushing it to seven at halftime (32-25) and a 15-point cushion (51-36) going into the fourth. Sophomore Henry Digiorgio hit a trio of trifectas on his way to a game-high 19 points while Sean O’Leary (11 points) and Sean Vinson (10 points) each hit two three-pointers and finished in double figures. Sophomore Andrew O’Neill scored seven of his eight in the third to help the Panthers pull away. Tommy Martorano led King Philip, scoring all of his team-high 12 points in the first quarter.

Taunton, 83 @ Milford, 41 – FinalTaunton scored 18 or more points in each of the four quarters and had four players in double-figures in its road win over Milford. Sophomore Troy Santos hit a pair of first quarter threes to help the Tigers jump out to a 20-6 lead after a quarter of play and then senior Tristan Herry scored nine of his 15 points in the second as Taunton established a 38-17 lead at halftime. Trent Santos Scored 16 of his game-high 18 points in the second half, Faisal Mass finished with 17 points, and sophomore Cyrus Morrisette finished with a career-high 13 points for the Tigers, who hit 32 shots from the field.

Oliver Ames, 65 @ North Attleboro, 42 – FinalOliver Ames junior Zach Tagliamonte continued his hot streak on the offensive end, dropping a game-high 28 points to help the Tigers earn a big win on the road over North Attleboro. Tagliamonte his one three in the first and fourth quarters and hit a pair in both the second and third quarters, hitting a total of 11 shots from the floor to pace the Tigers. After OA took a slight lead after the first quarter (14-12), the Tigers erupted for 22 points in the second to take control of the game. Tagliamonte had eight points and freshman Cole Craffey had seven of his 12 points to help OA grab a 36-21 lead at halftime. The Tigers carried the momentum into the second half, scoring 17 points in the third to push the advantage to 53-32 going into the fourth. Brody Rosenberg led North with 10 points while Casey Poirier had nine.

Stoughton, 81 @ Sharon, 52 – FinalStoughton freshman Matt Greenspoon poured in a career-high 24 points, hitting five three-pointers, and the Black Knights had their best offensive showing of the season in a big win on the road over Sharon. Without leading scorer Connor Andrews due to injury, Greenspoon stepped in and scored 18 of his points after the halftime break to help Stoughton stay ahead from start to finish. Greenspoon hit a pair of threes and Rayan Sablon (20 points), Cash Mathurin, Konrad Rogers, and Jayden Costa Heyward each scored to help Stoughton grab a 22-13 lead after one. Josh Rivera, Sablon, and Costa Heyward each hit threes in the second and then Stoughton hit a trio of threes early in the third quarter, turning a 37-17 halftime lead into a 59-37 lead going into the fourth quarter. Sophomore Nate Katznelson had a team-high 13 points for the Eagles.










Girls Basketball
Attleboro, 54 @ Mansfield, 42 – FinalMeghan Gordon scored 26 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter alone, to power the Bombardiers to an eighth straight win. Attleboro started well, holding the Hornets to just five points in the second and took a 28-15 lead into halftime. Mansfield battled back in the third to cut the lead to seven, but then Gordon caught fire in the fourth and Attleboro outscored the Hornets 17-12 over the final eight minutes to seal the win. Riley Camacho scored 11 for the Bombardiers. Kara Santos was Mansfield’s top scorer with 17 and Abby Wager finished with 15, including 12 in the second half.

Foxboro, 79 @ Canton, 73 – Final (OT)After Canton came roaring back with a big fourth quarter to force overtime, Foxboro scored 15 points in the OT period to pull out the win. Camryn Collins and Kayleigh Sullivan scored 25 points apiece and combined for all 15 in the extra frame. Collins scored 18 of her 25 in the fourth quarter and OT. The Warriors led by 11 heading into the fourth, but Canton’s offense came alive as the Bulldogs scored 25 points to level the score. Fay Gallery led all scorers with 27 for the Bulldogs, including 10 points in the fourth. Kiara Cerruti scored 19, all in the second half, and is now at 999 career points. Sydney Gallery chipped in with 13, seven of those in the fourth quarter. Hannah Blake scored 13 points and Ava Hill had 10 in the win.

Franklin, 48 @ King Philip, 21 – FinalFranklin was held to its lowest points total of the season, but the Panthers locked down on defense, not allowing KP to score more than nine points in a quarter, to stay unbeaten. The Warriors led 6-3 after the first, but the Panthers held KP to three in the second and went into the locker room leading 15-9. Franklin outscored the Warriors 33-12 in the second half to pull out the win. Katie Peterson led all scorers with 14, including eight in the second quarter. Olivia Quinn scored eight and Stefany Padula had seven for the visitors. KP was led by Liv Lafond’s seven points and Elizabeth Molla had four.

Milford, 36 @ Taunton, 53 – FinalClick here for a recap and photo gallery of this game.

North Attleboro, 32 @ Oliver Ames, 45 – FinalOA continued its win streak with a strong defensive effort, holding North to 20 points through the first three quarters. OA led by two, 12-10, after the first quarter but pushed the lead to 23-15 by halftime and then ran away with the win. Sophomores Jasmyn Cooper (12 rebounds) and Sarah Hilliard each scored 12 points apiece for OA. Ava McKeon was the top scorer for the Rocketeers with 16 points and freshman Maryellen Charette added five.

Sharon, 34 @ Stoughton, 38 – FinalStoughton held off the Eagles down the stretch to secure its first win of the season. Senior Evie Lam led the charge offensively with a team-high 12 points while sophomore Katrina Varnum sank some clutch free throws down the stretch, finishing with eight points. Alyssa Edwards and Vanessa Phelimond each hauled in seven rebounds for Stoughton. Rachael Hager scored 13 and Jasmine Davis added 12 points for the Eagles.

Boys Hockey
Oliver Ames, 3 @ Attleboro, 1 – FinalOliver Ames grabbed its second road win in a three-day span, snagging a 3-1 win over the Bombardiers. Freshman Shaun Teehan opened the scoring while sophomore Jack Corey and senior Elliot Cohen each found the back of the net as well. Landon Grothe, Dan Paul, and Corey each had an assist while Brandon Burke made 23 saves for the win.

Taunton, 4 @ Apponequet, 1 – FinalTaunton senior Loran Corcoran scored a hat trick to lead the Tigers to a win on the road over Apponequet in the first of three meetings between the two teams this year. Sophomore Conner Goranson added the other goal while junior Connor McGrath and freshman Jonathan McGrath each had a pair of assists. Freshman Cam Tomaszycki recored 29 saves to get the win in net for Taunton.

Swimming
King Philip @ Foxboro, 6:00
Franklin @ Milford, 4:00
Mansfield @ Taunton, 3:30
Oliver Ames @ North Attleboro, 7:45

Gymnastics
Attleboro @ Taunton, 8:00
North Attleboro @ Taunton, 8:00
Attleboro @ North Attleboro, 8:00
Oliver Ames @ Mansfield, 7:30

Gallery Shoots Canton to Important Win at Mansfield

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Fay Gallery knocked down five threes and scored 31 points to power Canton to a win at Mansfield. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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MANSFIELD, Mass. – A lot of attention going into Tuesday night’s game at the Albertini Gym was on Canton’s leading scorer Kiara Cerruti as she closes in on the 1,000-point mark for her career, but it turned out to be another of the Bulldogs’ three senior stars that stole the show and helped Canton extend its winning streak to seven games.

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Fay Gallery knocked down five three-points and scored a game-high 31 points, including 20 in the second half, as Canton answered a Mansfield run with one of its own and then held off the Hornets in the fourth quarter for a 63-56 victory.

I think the benefit of having multiple people who can shoot and drive is it’s hard to stop one in this league, let alone three or four,” said Canton coach Jim Choquette. “Everyone knew Kiara was trying to get to 1,000, so they’re guarding her like crazy, so it became Fay’s night. It opened up everything. When they made their runs, Fay had an answer with threes.”

The teams came out firing in the first quarter, combining for 30 points. Kara Santos got off to a strong start, scoring six of her 16 in the first and put Mansfield ahead 11-5 with a pair at the line. Cerruti (six points, six rebounds, five steals, and five assists) started a 7-2 run with an offensive rebound and assist on a Gallery jumper. Gallery added a three off an Erin Beatty (eight rebounds) offensive board and kick out and a tough hoop to cut the lead to one.

Cerruti, who had a tough shooting night overall but was credited by Choquette for not trying to force her shots and playing within the offense, grabbed a rebound and knocked down a jumper for a 14-13 lead. She is 20 points shy of 1,000.

Mansfield had one last possession and Abby Wager (eight points, three blocks, and three assists) beat the buzzer with a deep three to send the Hornets into the first break up two.

It was a game of runs and it was the Bulldogs who put together the first one, scoring 16 of the first 20 points of the second quarter and building a 10-point lead. Emily McCabe got things started with a three and then Sydney Gallery turned it on the second, scoring nine of her 14 points in the quarter, showing off an array of post moves and knocking down a three.

Mansfield needed a spark and turned to its bench. Natalya Gill gave the Hornets a boost of energy, scoring seven of her 10 points in the second. She drilled a three and then fought for an offensive rebound and put-back late in the quarter that cut the lead down to four heading into the locker room.

“I think we rotate people who kind of give us that spark, which is nice because it makes us hard for teams to predict,” said Mansfield coach Heather McPherson. “It’s kind of a surprise, we don’t know who it’s going to be. I think that spark comes when we’re trusting our offense and working through it and finding each other.”

Gill’s energy carried over into the second half, as Mansfield turned that six-point burst into a 16-2 run, erasing a 10-point deficit and going up by four. Hanley and Anna Darlington (five points) each hit threes that tied the game at 32-32, then Santos went to work in the post with back-to-back baskets.

This time it was Canton’s turn to respond. Samya DaSilva (six points) knocked down a big three to halt Mansfield’s momentum. Fay Gallery did the rest for Canton during a 15-2 run that put the Bulldogs up for good. She hit a three off a Cerruti pass to put Canton ahead and then extended the lead to six off another Cerruti pass. After driving to the basket for two, Gallery took a swing pass from McCabe and hit her third triple of the quarter.

“I commend their offense when I scout them, just how many options they have,” said McPherson. “You’ve got to worry about the Gallery sisters and Cerruti, so there’s a lot of people to worry about, but they stay with all their sets, they set great screens. I thought we played good defense but I also thought Fay, some of those shots were with a hand in her face so what more can you ask a team to do?”

Choquette explained, “We took their best shots, they hit a few really tough shots, they got it inside, hit free throws. We took that and we went back and executed on our end. That’s probably what won the game for us, just being able to answer big, big shots from them.”

Mansfield would get a big three by Gill to stay within six going to the fourth, but DaSilva knocked down her second three of the game to start the quarter and push the lead to nine. Santos threw a long lead pass to Wager who scored plus the foul, but Gallery answered at the other end with another three.

Twice Sydney Gallery matched Mansfield baskets with buckets of her own, as Canton kept the Hornets at arm’s length. Santos got two more in the paint and Hanley drilled a corner three off a Darlington pass to cut the lead down to five, 59-54. After Canton made one at the line, Santos grabbed an offensive rebound and scored to make it 60-56 with 30 seconds to go.

Gallery made two big free throws and, after an empty trip for the Hornets, McCabe added one at the line to seal the win.

“One thing I’m really proud of with the girls is we talk all the time about needing to be a complete team,” said Choquette. “Emily, she has so much energy, her soccer skills really take over when she sees the floor, her anticipation on defense is second to none.”

Canton (8-3) will start a three-game home stand on Friday with the visit of Foxboro. Mansfield (6-4) will be back home on Friday for a game with Attleboro.

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