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North Andover led by Morgan Lumb (22 points) easily defeats Tewksbury (52-34) in D2 North Round One

Morgan Lumb (22 points) cuts through Tewksbury defenders

Morgan Lumb (22 points) cuts through Tewksbury defenders.

Morgan shoots over Shannon Semenza. She had four long ones.

(Lawrence) North Andover dominated the first half, Morgan Lumb (22 points) dominated the third quarter, and the Scarlet Knights easily defeated Tewksbury (52-34) in the first round of the D2 North on Friday night.

Twelve days ago NA and Tewksbury had played a tight 39-34 game so the rematch figured to be close.  Hardly.

By halftime the Redman trailed 24-4.  That’s right, 4!

A math whiz will figure out that Tewksbury won the second half…..and they did, but the cows had left the barn before the second half was played.

North Andover (14-7) defensed Tewksbury (9-12) into tough shots while the Knights patiently ran organized offense that turned up one good look after another.

The NA defense (looked like a 1-3-1 to me) led to few breakaways but did cause fourteen first half turnovers.

The Knights scored the first ten points of the game and only a last-second buzzer beater by Shannon Semenza (8 points) kept the Redmen from a first period shutout.

Sara Semenza prepares to block

The second period was more of the same.  The Redmen this time got their two points on free throws (Sara Semenza and Nicole Chaet).  The Knights found points in close (three layups and a converted rebound) and long range (Morgan Lumb and Leah Chittick).  North Andover led, 24-4, at the half and what was there that could make the second half interesting?

Enter Morgan Lumb.  I may not be the first one to have this thought but when Andover’s Nicole Boudreau has moved on to Boston College next year and the talk starts about the best girl player in the state, Morgan Lumb’s name should be in the mix.

I’ve seen the 5-8 junior twice now and she has dazzled on the offensive end.  She has the strength for NBA range 3’s.  Her dribbling skills are excellent and she can get to the basket in a hurry.  She will also give the ball up to teammates.

She didn’t do much of the latter in the third period because she was feeling it.  Morgan put on the best one-period show I can remember, getting all fifteen of NA’s points in the quarter.

You want long range?  The first two scores were 3’s.  You want in close?  The next two were a layup (from Mackenzie Mello) and a converted rebound.  How about a little longer?  Try a baseline jumper.  The grand finale was an NBA length 3-spot off the backboard at the buzzer.  Very impressive!

Credit Tewksbury for persistent offense in the second half despite Morgan’s third quarter outburst.  Trailing 44-22, early in the final period the Redmen ran nine straight to close to a more respectable 44-31 difference.  A three from Katie Dohery sparked the run.  But that was as close as #12 seed Tewksbury would get.

Leah Chittick (11 points) and Sara Semenza (7 points)

Freshman Leah Chittick had eleven points for North Andover.

#5 seed North Andover moves to the quarterfinals against #4 seed Concord-Carlisle.

The NA/Tewksbury game was originally scheduled for Thursday but snowy weather forced postponement.

The game was played at palatial Lawrence High School because the North Andover gymnasium has water damage.

The crowd at the girls game grew as the game went on because there was a boys game between Salem and North Andover to follow it.

Tewksbury was knocked out of the D2 North tourney a year ago by North Andover.  The score that time was 32-16.

Tewksbury qualified for the tournament because they finished second in the Merrimack Valley Conference.

North Andover is leaving the Cape Ann League and joining the MVC this fall.

North Andover boxscore

Tewksbury boxscore

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Michaela Mello

Sherri Ligerrio

Pam Coufos

Mackenzie Mello

Jillian Madden

floor scramble

Morgan Lumb

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Newburyport gets a twenty-point lead by halftime and cruises to 56-42 win over Watertown in the D3 North

Ian Michaels (23 points) gets down the lane

Alex Losh defends Cory Fitzgerald

(Newburyport) Shorthanded Watertown got into a deep rut in the first half and never recovered bowing to Newburyport, 56-42, on a snowy/slippery Thursday night at NHS.

The win gets the Clippers (15-6) into the quarterfinals at home against #5 seed Arlington Catholic Sunday night at 5PM.

The #13 Raiders (6-15) were without Pat McHugh.  Pat injured his ankle in practice two days ago.  He had thirty-two points in Watertown’s opening win of the season.  Significant loss…..you bet!

The Clippers were well rested (hadn’t played in nearly two weeks) and played nearly flawlessly on both ends of the court for the first half.  Newburyport ran their lead to, 34-14, by halftime and the visitors would never get inside ten points the rest of the way.

action under the basket

Ian Michaels (23 points) had it going early with the Clippers first eight points.  The junior guard had fourteen in the decisive first half.

Newburyport from the Cape Ann League ran some of basketball’s basic plays (backdoor cuts, pick-and-roll) to perfection.  “Sharp” is the best way I can describe their execution.

Without Pat McHugh to score some points on the inside, Watertown from the Middlesex League tried to compete via the long ball.  They ended up hitting seven of them but on this night Newburyport had answers.

Watertown’s best burst of offense was by Kevin DiPietrantonio (12 points) who connected on eight straight points with a layup and two triples.  Kevin’s scoring brought the Raiders to, 47-33, 1 ½ minutes into the final period.  But Newburyport answered with an Alex Losh layup on an inbounds play and an AJ MacDougall layin.

The Raiders cut the lead to ten (51-41) late but the early deficit was too much to overcome.

Brett Fontaine of Newburyport went down with an ankle injury in the third period and didn’t return.

sophomore Cesar Fulcar (16 points)

Cesar Fulcar led the Raider scorers with sixteen points.

Colby Morris had four assists in the Clipper first half.

Watertown had seven turnovers in the second quarter and that combined with looking for scoring to replace Pat McHugh hurt them significantly.

The win avenges a loss Watertown handed Newburyport (55-31) in the Division 3 North final at the Tsongas Arena last year.

The road conditions after the game were scary/dangerous.  I couldn’t get my truck with studded tires up my driveway despite four or five attempts.  Driving back to Watertown had to have been an “adventure” for the Raider fans.

Newburyport boxscore

Watertown boxscore

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Ian Michaels

Colton Fontaine (8 points) layup

Brett Fontaine down

Colby Morris

Joey Farrar (11 points)

NHS coach Tom LItalien

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Defense key to Newburyport win over Saugus (50-43) in D3 North First Round

Gabby Cogliano (12 points) looks for an opening against the Newburyport defense.

Beth Castantini (14 points) looks for daylight

(Newburyport) In a game with fifty-two turnovers it was hardly a work of art but Newburyport rallied from a 3-point deficit with 3 ½ minutes left to defeat Saugus, 50-43, on slippery Thursday night at Newburyport.

Newburyport (14-7) now moves on to the Quarterfinals of D3 North and will face Pentucket on Sunday afternoon (1PM) at Whittier in Haverhill.

A Gabby Cogliano converted rebound gave the Sachems a 43-40 lead with 3:47 left.  At this point the #11 seed was in position to knock off the #6 seed on the road.

However, Saugus (8-13) would not score a single point the rest of the way and commit four turnovers.  Newburyport had a well setup three from Lea Tomasz and made seven pressure-packed free throws out of eight attempts to grab the victory.

Lea came into the game for an inbounds play on the opposite side of the court.  Positioned beyond the arc in front of the Clipper bench, Ally Leahy got the ball to Lea for a clean look and the junior connected.

Lea’s triple gave Newburyport a 45-43 lead with three minutes to go.  The next 2 ½ minutes the teams took turns missing and turning the ball over.  One huge play for the Clippers was a block by Lilly Donovan on Allyssa Furtado in the lane with twenty seconds left.

Saugus was forced to foul and Beth Castantini made two free throws with fourteen seconds left to give Newburyport a little breathing room – 47-43.  After Stefani Terrazzano missed a three, Cady Bennett was fouled (hard) and made one freebie.  Beth closed out the scoring with two more free throws.

Jackie Nickolas blocks Molly Rowe

Saugus got up by as many as eight (22-14) in the second quarter but their wasted possessions (thirty-three turnovers) enabled Newburyport to stay in the game.  That eight-point lead shrunk to one point as the Sachems had eight turnovers in a five minute stretch.

Credit the Clipper defense.  They double-teamed anyone who handled the ball and were rewarded for it.

Newburyport put a 12-2 run together in the third quarter featuring two steals that led to points and a Molly Rowe long one.  This surge put the Clippers in front, 33-27, with 2 ½ minutes left in the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter another Molly Rowe three had Newburyport leading 39-35 with six minutes left.  But for the next two minutes the Sachems put up eight points on the inside with the Clippers only answer a Cady Bennett free throw.  This gave Saugus the 43-40 advantage that slipped away from them in the final 3 ½ minutes.

Allyssa Furtado (19 points)

Senior Allyssa Furtado ended her high school career with a very solid nineteen points.

Newburyport can thank their defensive effort for this win.  When they started trapping in the second half the Sachems struggled to run any sort of offense.

Cady Bennett was the key to the success of the Clipper pressure.

Beth Castantini picked up her third foul early in the second half and didn’t return until the 4th period.

Pentucket coach John McNamara was in the house.  His team has defeated Newburyport twice this season.

Newburyport boxscore

Saugus boxscore

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floor scramble

Lilly Donovan

Molly Rowe (13 points)

Norma Waggett (11 points)

Gabby Cogliano

NHS coach Gregg Dollas

Cady Bennett

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