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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OA Surges Past Foxboro Comeback With Late Run

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OA sophomore Kaydance Derba attempts a three-pointer in front of the student section during the Tigers 58-41 victory over Foxboro. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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NORTH EASTON, Mass. – Heading into the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s Div. 2 Sweet Sixteen game at the Nixon Gym, Oliver Ames looked to be cruising to its third win of the season over Foxboro and a berth in the state quarterfinal.

As is so often the case in this rivalry between the teams that have combined to win all but one of the Davenport titles, the story of the game was far from over.

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The Warriors, who managed only nine points in all of the first half, put together a 14-4 run that cut the Tigers lead down to just seven, which was as close as they had been since the score was 9-2. On the brink of allowing a 20-point lead slip away, the Tigers turned on the gas, got out on the break and, in the blink of an eye, put together a 10-0 run that put the game back out of reach.

Sophomore Jasmyn Cooper scored eight of her game-high 22 points in the fourth, including six of OA’s 10 points in the clinching run, to lead the Tigers to a 58-41 victory.

“We knew though that it wasn’t going to last,” OA coach Laney Clement-Holbrook said of the big early lead that the Tigers built. “It was just a question of trying to keep the momentum going and they came out in the third quarter and they were a different team. From a defensive standpoint, I think they made it more difficult for us and sometimes I think we made it more difficult for ourselves, but that’s what happens when you have youth and first time in the bright lights like this.”

Senior Caroline Peper added, “Defense has really contributed. When we get stops, it really helps the offense. They (the three sophomores in the starting lineup) go with that momentum and they were the ones that were leading that fourth quarter charge, so I’m really proud of them.”

The first half was one-sided. OA locked down on defense, allowing only three made baskets and nine points in the first half, while knocking down five threes as a team. Foxboro looked like a team that was getting its first taste of a hostile road playoff environment.

“We definitely played scared, we played young in the first quarter,” Foxboro coach Lisa Downs admitted. “That’s going to happen, but they’re going to mature after games like that, so those are valuable memories for these younger kids to have.”

Peper (17 points) seemed to carry momentum over from her 30-point outburst against North Middlesex in the first round (which included the 1,000th point of her career). She buried a pair of threes and had eight points in the first. Cooper also got off to a strong start with six points, including a layup after Hailey Bourne went up for an offensive rebound and tipped it to Cooper on the opposite block rather than catch it.

Ava Hill (seven points) knocked down a three off the bench, but Foxboro trailed 16-5 after one. If anything, things got tougher for the Warriors’ offense in the second, as they opened the quarter with a pair of free throws from Camryn Collins (11 points and six rebounds), but didn’t score again until Kailey Sullivan (seven points) banked in a jumper with 30 seconds left in the half.

OA wasn’t exactly lighting it up for much of the second, but the Tigers were able to score in bunches. Sarah Hilliard (six points and 13 rebounds) had a put-back for two and Kaydance Derba (13 points and six assists) hit a pair from beyond the arc, the second even deeper than the first. Peper added her third triple of the night and it was a 29-9 lead heading into the locker room.

Foxboro came out of the break a totally different team. The Warriors erased seven points off the deficit in about 90 seconds. Hannah Blake (nine points and eight rebounds) drilled one from the outside, Collins turned a steal into a short pull-up jumper, and Sullivan was able to bank in a runner plus the foul.

Cooper grabbed one of her 14 rebounds to get an easy bucket and Peper drove down the lane for a finish to push the lead back up to 15. As the clock wound down in the quarter, Peper made a nice catch in the lane of a Derba pass and scored at the buzzer to make it 39-22.

It looked like the Tigers had taken Foxboro’s best punch and survived, but the Warriors were far from finished. Sullivan scored with a drive and assisted on a Blake jumper. Erin Foley followed with a three from the wing to get the lead down to just a dozen. Collins got into the lane for two and Hill took an assist from Foley for an easy bucket. After Collins grabbed an offensive rebound and scored, Foxboro had pulled within seven at 43-36.

Downs said, “I give them a lot of credit because at halftime all I could say was you dug yourself a hole and now we need to focus on every possession, one stop at time, one basket at a time. They fought back.”

Collins fouled out with 4:02 on the clock and it seemed to halt the visitors’ momentum just as the Tigers were finding another gear. OA would close the game on a 15-5 run and for the second time this season would turn a close game with Foxboro in the Nixon Gym into a seemingly comfortable victory.

“That fourth quarter run, we leaked out and that’s what we hoped was going to happen,” Clement-Holbrook explained. “The conversation was ball control, make sure you’re boxing out, make sure you’re rebounding, and turn it into a break and make a run.”

Cooper provided the spark, getting an easy layup off a Derba assist. After Hilliard drove baseline for a pair, Cooper got a feed on the block from Hilliard to make it a 13-point game. She then grabbed a defensive rebound and looked over the top on a long outlet to find Derba for a layup.

Bourne kept a possession alive with an offensive rebound and kicked it out to Derba for her third three of the night and it was suddenly an 18-point game again.

Clement-Holbrook said, “I’m just so incredibly proud of all of them because they’ve worked so hard in practice and everyone of them, not just the kids who play, this is about all of us in preparation for this game because it’s not easy to beat a really good team three times.”

With underclassmen filling both lineups on Tuesday, the expectation is these teams will continue to square off in big games for the foreseeable future. Downs relishes that opportunity, “That’s good for us. They’ll make us tournament-ready. Facing them twice in the regular season and now Mansfield twice during the season, the Hockomock League is quite a league and I’m very proud of what they accomplished this season.”

Oliver Ames (19-3) advances to the Elite Eight and will host No. 6 Dracut on Friday night. Foxboro finishes the season at 14-8.

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

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Basketball
Foxboro, 83 vs. Middleboro, 52 – FinalFoxboro’s offense was nearly unstoppable in the third quarter as the Warriors used a 26-point frame to blow the game wide open in a win over Middleboro, claiming the Warrior Classic Championship. Senior Dylan Gordon made half of his 12 field goals in the third quarter alone and had 14 of his team-high 28 points as Foxboro turned a 10-point halftime lead (35-25) into a 61-36 advantage going into the fourth. Junior Alex Penders added 16 points on eight makes from the floor and Sam Golub sank four threes, finishing with 13 points.

King Philip, 56 vs. Hanover, 65 – FinalKing Philip cut the deficit down to three going into the final quarter but the Warriors couldn’t keep pace with Hanover over the final eight minutes. KP used a 24-point third quarter, getting a pair of threes from Charlie Grant (11 points), seven points from Braeden Sottile (13 points) and six from Will Laplante (15 points) to make it 45-42 going into the fourth but Hanover pulled away with the win over the final eight minutes.

North Attleboro, 27 vs. Randolph, 51 – FinalNorth Attleboro trailed by just six at halftime and played good defense throughout, but couldn’t keep pace with the Blue Devils in the second half. Casey Poirier scored half of his eight points in the first and Givany Carney had four as the Rocketeers established a 10-6 lead after eight minutes. Randolph took control with a 19-point second quarter, taking a 25-19 advantage into the break. Brody Rosenberg added six points for North.

Stoughton, 66 vs. Southeastern, 44 – FinalStoughton held Southeastern scoreless for over seven minutes in the third quarter, turning a tie game at halftime in a blowout win. The Knights were deadlocked at 32-32 at the break but came out and dominated the Hawks in the third, opening on a 15-0 run before Southeastern got on the board with under a minute to go. Stoughton put the game away with a 9-2 burst to open the fourth quarter. Connor Andrews scored 11 points in the pivotal third quarter and finished with a game-high 25 points while junior Rayan Sablon connected on five threes and finished with 20 points. Konrad Rogers chipped in with a career-best 11 points.

Girls Basketball
Foxboro, 53 vs. Walpole, 62 – FinalDespite three players in double digits, Foxboro fell to visiting Walpole in the final of the Warrior Classic. Kailey Sullivan led the way with 17 points and was named to the all-tournament team. Hannah Blake and Camryn Collins each finished with 13 points.

Oliver Ames, 46 vs. Medfield, 64 – FinalOliver Ames entered halftime trailing by just two (29-27) but a big third quarter from Medfield created the separation the Warriors needed to get the win. Caroline Peper had a team-high 15 points, Jasmyn Cooper added 14 points, and Sarah Hilliard chipped in with 10 points for The Tigers, who will host Medfield in a rematch on Thursday.

King Philip, 58 @ Shrewsbury, 29 – FinalKP won for the second time in as many days and clinched a spot in the state tournament. The Warriors held Shrewsbury to just two points in the first quarter and 10 points in the opening half to build a double-digit lead. Coming out of the break, KP scored 22 points in the third quarter to break the game open and then secured the win by holding Shrewsbury to only five points over the final eight minutes. Emily Sawyer had a big day in the middle for the Warriors, nearly matching Shrewsbury on her own by scoring 24 points. Julia Marsden and Elizabeth Molla each scored 10 points in the in win and Jackie Bonner returned from an injury to knock down a pair of threes and score eight points.

Stoughton, 52 @ Waltham, 61 – FinalStoughton put up a great fight but fell on the road in its final game of the season. Senior Vanessa Phelimond led Stoughton with 11 points while senior Kate Bulger chipped in with nine points.

Boys Hockey
Attleboro, 0 @ Foxboro, 9 – FinalFoxboro had an offensive explosion on Tuesday afternoon, netting a pair of shorthanded goals in a win over Attleboro. The Warriors put 54 shots on net with Jack Watts pacing the offense with a hat trick and one assist. Ben Ricketts added two goals and Matt Grace finished with three assists.

Canton, 6 vs. Boston Latin, 2 – Final

Stoughton, 2 @ Taunton, 2 – Final

Girls Hockey
Canton, 2 @ Franklin, 1 – FinalCanton got a pair of second period goals from its defense to come from behind and beat Franklin. With the win, the Bulldogs sweep the season series with the Panthers and complete an undefeated league campaign. Franklin took the lead in the first when Molly Hurley redirected a pass from Lindsay Dennett. Canton answered back in the second, as Tori Carr and Maya Battista both found the back of the net. The Bulldogs were able to fend off pressure from the Panthers in the third to pick up the win.

Friday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 02/18/22

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Basketball
Attleboro, 57 @ Mansfield, 64 – FinalPropelled by a strong first quarter (21 points) and a pivotal third quarter (18-4), Mansfield held off a strong fourth quarter from Attleboro to finish league play with a win. Matt Hyland got the Hornets off to a strong start with half of his team-high 16 points in the opening eight minutes and five other Mansfield players got into the scoring column, including threes from Andrew Slaney (12 points) and Chris Hill (12 points) for an early 21-13 lead. Colin Morais (17 points), Jaiden Outland, Neo Franco, and Jake Struminski each hit a three in the second but Dante James had one for Mansfield and Anthony Sacchetti had six points to help the Hornets ahead at the break (39-30). Hyland had another eight points in the third and Slaney added a pair of triples while the Hornets held the Bombardiers to just four points to break the game wide open, taking a 57-34 lead into the fourth. Attleboro made a late push with Morais, Outland, and Franco hitting fourth quarter threes to get the deficit down to single digits.

Foxboro, 51 @ Canton, 47 – FinalCanton continually cut into Foxboro’s lead throughout the game, eventually pulling even with the Warriors but it was senior Dylan Gordon who converted the go-ahead layup and then sank a pair of free throws in the final seconds to ice the win. Junior Alex Penders (12 points), Ryan LeClair (seven points), and Sam Golub (six points) helped Foxboro build leads after the first (12-5) and second quarters (22-18). Lanse Dorcelus hit on three of his four threes in the second and both Matt Chafin and Nate Mei added one each to close the gap by halftime. Chafin and Ashton Cetoute hit from downtown in the third as the Bulldogs made it 36-36 going into the fourth. Gordon finished with 15 of his 17 points in the second half, his lone field goal of the fourth being the go-ahead bucket followed by two free throws. Cam Barreira, fresh off his best shooting performance of the season in a win at Stoughton, came through with a pair of clutch threes in the fourth.

Franklin, 75 @ King Philip, 50 – FinalFranklin’s offense roared to life in the opening half, putting up 21 points in the opening quarter and then 25 more in the second on its way to a big win over King Philip. Sophomore Andrew O’Neil hit five three-pointers, three in the first half, to spark the Panthers’ offense. O’Neill finished with a team-high 21 points while senior Sean Vinson scored all 19 of his points in the first half. King Philip cut into the deficit by winning the third quarter (16-9) with senior Braeden Sottile dropping half of his team-high 20 points in the quarter. But Franklin’s offense got back on track with 22 points in the fourth, with O’Neill adding two more threes and both Evan DaSilva and Caden Sullivan connecting from downtown.

Milford, 48 @ Taunton, 68 – FinalTaunton only led by two possessions going into the fourth quarter (49-43) but the Tigers took care of business in the final eight minutes, running away with a win to clinch the Kelley-Rex division title outright for the first team in program history. Senior Trent Santos hit four of his six three-pointers after halftime and finished with a game-high 26 points to lead the charge. Faisal Mass added 15 points in the win. Milford freshman Andrew Rivera hit a trio of threes and finished with a team-best 23 points.

North Attleboro, 46 @ Oliver Ames, 63 – FinalNorth Attleboro came out of the gates with 16 points in the first quarter and only trailed by two possessions at halftime but a switch to zone defense from Oliver Ames stalled the Rocketeers’ offense and the Tigers pulled away to finish their regular season with a win. OA held a 30-24 lead at halftime and then got a balanced scoring attack in the third to double its lead from six to 12, carrying a 44-32 lead into the fourth. Drew Baxter had four of his 10 points in the third, MJ Jean Baptiste and Zach Tagliamonte (10 points) each had three, and Dan Reily and Jake Grimaldi each chipped in with a bucket. CJ Williams finished with a team-high 11 points for OA, who had 10 players factor into the scoring. Brody Rosenberg hit a trio of threes to lead North with 13 points, Gavin Wells also had a three trifectas for 11 points and Casey Poirier scored 10 first half points for the Big Red.

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Girls Basketball
Mansfield, 52 @ Attleboro, 58 – FinalLindsey Perry scored a game-high 16 points, including 12 in the second half, to help the Bombardiers pull out a win and sweep the season series against the Hornets. Mansfield scored 18 in the first, including eight from Anna Darlington, to take a five-point lead after one, but Attleboro stormed back with a 15-8 second to take a two-point lead into the locker room. Vanessa Ellis, Rylie Camacho, and Meghan Gordon combined for 13 in the quarter. Perry and Gordon combined for 13 points in the third, as the Bombardiers extended the lead to six after three, which they were able to hold onto over the final eight minutes. Perry scored six points in the fourth, including 4-of-6 from the free throw line. Gordon finished with 11 points and Ellis and Camacho each scored 10. Abby Wager led the Hornets with 15, including nine points in the third quarter alone, while Darlington finished with 10. Olivia Salisbury chipped in with eight points for the Hornets.

Canton, 44 @ Foxboro, 49 – FinalSeven Warriors were on the score sheet as they held off Canton to sweep the season series with the bulldogs. Kailey Sullivan was the top scorer for the home team with 14 point and Erin Foley added 11. Ava Hill went 6-for-6 from the line to help Foxboro seal the win.

King Philip, 24 @ Franklin, 49 – FinalKP led 10-8 after the first quarter but Franklin held the Warriors to only 14 points over the final 24 minutes to finish the league campaign unbeaten for the third straight season. The Panthers took the second quarter 11-2 and outscored KP 30-12 in the second half for their 42nd straight league win. Olivia Quinn led the way for the Panthers with 13 points, including nine in the second quarter, and went 6-for-6 from the line. Stefany Padula hit a pair of threes and scored eight points, Brigid Earley had seven, and Katie Peterson added six points for Franklin. Liv Lafond was KP’s leading scorer with eight points, Leah Santoro had six, and Emily Sawyer and Jordan Bennett each scored four points in the loss.

Taunton, 37 @ Milford, 54 – FinalWithout the league’s leading scorer, Kameron St. Pierre, Taunton struggled offensively early and the Hawks took advantage to pull out a win in their final league game of the season, splitting the seasons series. Milford jumped ahead 14-3 after the first and extended the lead to 14 by halftime. Maddalena Mannucci Pacini scored eight of her game-high 15 points in the first half for Milford. Taunton took the third quarter to slice into the Milford lead, but then the Hawks exploded for 24 points in the fourth, led by Brooke Ferreira’s nine, to seal the win. Ferreira finished with 12 and Jill Araujo added a dozen as well. Cali Melo led Taunton with 10 points and Jillian Doherty added nine, all 19 of their combined points coming in the second half. Lex Haywood chipped in with five.

Oliver Ames, 78 @ North Attleboro, 33 – FinalOA closed out the league campaign with a big road win. The Tigers jumped out to a big lead early in the game and seemed to have an answer for every defensive switch that North threw at them. Senior Caroline Peper exploded for a game-high 24 points and the Tigers got a big boost on the offense end with 12 points apiece from a trio of sophomores: Jasmyn Cooper, Sarah Hilliard, and Kaydance Derba. Summer Doherty scored 11 of her team-high 12 points for North and Maryellen Charette added nine.

Stoughton, 44 @ Sharon, 53 – FinalClick here for a Recap and Photo Gallery from this game.

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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OA On Cusp Of League Title After Edging Canton

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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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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

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