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Westford holds off Billerica 53-49 to advance to Division One North finals

Westford coach Russ Coward celebrates win over Billerica

Westford coach Russ Coward celebrates win over Billerica

Meghan Kibblehouse hit two clutch free throws

Meghan Kibblehouse hit two clutch free throws

Catherine Sennott had a steal and made a free throw late in the game

Catherine Sennott had a steal and made a free throw late in the game

(Haverhill) Two free throws by Meghan Kibblehouse and a steal by Catherine Sennott, all in the last twenty-eight seconds, enabled Westford Academy to hold off Billerica, 53-49, in the North Division 1 semifinals at Whittier Tech on Thursday night.

The Grey Ghosts (20-4) will face Central Catholic at the Tsongas Center on Saturday (6PM) for the D1 North title.

Westford has now won fourteen straight games.  Last loss?  To Billerica, at Billerica, on January 17th (57-53).

Billerica (#2 seed) started slowly (8-0) and fell behind by thirteen (27-14) to the #3 seed in the second quarter.  The Indians (20-3) came all the way back in the third quarter to get the lead (37-36) before falling back by nine (48-39) with 4:48 remaining in the game.  Once again Billerica rallied back with a run of eight to close to one (48-47) with 1:45 left and later, 50-49, with twenty-eight seconds left.

BHS coach Chris Doneski opted to foul right away and that gave Meghan Kibblehouse a chance to get her first two points of the game………and she did.

Billerica had twenty-five seconds to do something about their three-point deficit.  However, when Brittany Lomanno tried to get the ball to teammate Shannon Hayes, Catherine Sennott (15 points) jumped the passing lane and stole the ball.

Catherine was immediately fouled, made the first free throw giving WA a 4-point lead and enough room to withstand three Billerica shots in their last possession.

Sam Hyslip (21 points) looks for a shot inside

Sam Hyslip (21 points) looks for a shot inside

Junior Sam Hyslip (21 points) led all scorers and was very strong around the basket. She also made 7-of-9 free throws and had the layup in the last quarter that put the Ghosts in front, 50-47, with 1:08 left.

Junior Shannon Hayes (13 points) was key in the 10-point run the Indians put together in the third quarter to take their only lead (37-36) with a minute left in that quarter.  Shannon scored the first six points in the run and teammate Brittany Lomanno (11 points) picked up the other four with a layup and two free throws.

In the rally back from the 48-39 deficit in the 4th quarter, it was Danielle Nickerson (10 points) getting six of the eight unanswered points Billerica collected.  Joslyn King converted a rebound for the other two points.

Joslyn King gets Billerica within one point

Joslyn King gets Billerica within one point

Joslyn would later make two season-on-the-line free throws with twenty-five seconds left before Meghan Kibblehouse and Catherine Sennott starred in the next two possessions to get WA to the finals.

Despite the tight defense, both teams handled the ball very well.  I had them both for only eight turnovers each.

Hannah Hackley (11 points) was fouled in the first quarter attempting a 3-point shot and made all three free throws.

Westford was able to get inside for easier shots.  However, the athleticism of Billerica allowed them to make some tough outside shots.

Both teams brought active student sections.

Shannon Hayes (13 points) flies to the rim

Shannon Hayes (13 points) flies to the rim

Coach Bob Romeo of Masconomet (lost to Billerica earlier in the tournament) took this one in.  Also saw Coley Viselli of Pentucket on hand after leading the Sachems past Ipswich last night in the Division 3 North semifinals.

Westford Academy boxscore

Billerica boxscore

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Brittany Lomanno (11 points)

Brittany Lomanno (11 points)

battle underneath

battle underneath

Billerica starters

Billerica starters

Sam Hyslip (21 points)

Sam Hyslip (21 points)

Hannah Hackley (11 points)

Hannah Hackley (11 points)

Joslyn King looks to the rim

Joslyn King looks to the rim

Bailey Mongillo gets set to block

Bailey Mongillo gets set to block

Kayla Leverone gets fouled by Hannah Hackley

Kayla Leverone gets fouled by Hannah Hackley

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Strong shooting and a strong finish get Pentucket past Billerica 59-39 in girls basketball

Kelsi McNamara (15 points) fires a three

Kelsi McNamara (15 points) fires a three

McKenna Kilian (13 points) pullup jump shot

McKenna Kilian (13 points) pullup jump shot

(West Newbury)  Pentucket hit eight 3’s and scored the game’s last eleven points as they defeated Billerica, 59-39, in a nonleague contest on Wednesday night.

A little over a year ago Billerica, at their place, had a strong second half and routed the Sachems, 63-43.

But this time around undefeated Pentucket (6-0) made shots from long range (eight over the first three quarters) and shut out the Indians (4-1) over the last 4:25 of the game.  That combo did in the Division One opponent from the Merrimack Valley League.

Pentucket took the lead for good midway through the first quarter (7-6) on a three by Kelsi McNamara (15 points).  That lead would get to nine (17-8) before the Indians ran seven straight into the second quarter.  Brittany Lomanno (10 points) had Billerica’s only three as the Indians moved to within two (17-15) 1 ½ minutes into the second quarter.

Pentucket would get that lead up to eight (29-21) as Coley Viselli (9 points) ended the half with a three and two free throws.

Shannon Hayes (eight points in third quarter)

Shannon Hayes (eight points in third quarter)

Kelsi McNamara dropped three 3’s in the first 2 ½ minutes of the second half to offset a strong third quarter by junior Shannon Hayes (eight points in the quarter).  Pentucket led, 46-35, after three quarters.

The final quarter started out harmlessly enough – full court drive by Kayla Leverone, two free throws by Alex Moore, and two free throws by Danielle Nickerson.  48-39 with 4:25 left.

The rest of the way?  All Pentucket.  McKenna Kilian (13 points) sparked the Sachems.  The speedy sophomore started things with a block of Brittany Lomanno’s layup attempt.  Later she added a couple of full-speed, stop-on-a-dime jumpers, two free throws, and a last-second toss off the backboard.

Alex Moore (8 points) from the corner

Alex Moore (8 points) from the corner

Pentucket had four three’s in the first quarter, one in the second, and three in the third.  Normal starter Alex Moore (8 points) came off the bench late in the first quarter and promptly drained two 3’s in thirty seconds.

Billerica coach Chris Doneski surprised me plenty by going to a zone defense after Pentucket had four 3’s in the first quarter.  But it actually worked in the second quarter.  The third quarter?  Not so much!  Blame Kelsi McNamara.  The sophomore found three openings around the top of the key and connected on all of them.

Back to the man-to-man went the Indians.  Playing that defense and facing full-court pressure all game long may have been the culprits in the Indians disastrous last 4 ½ minutes.

Tess Nogueira (12 points) looks to go under and up

Tess Nogueira (12 points) looks to go under and up

Tess Nogueira (12 points) had the best game I’ve seen her play.  She faced a taller defender (Joslyn King – 6’1”) and was able to score points and get Joslyn (6 points) into foul trouble.  Two memorable Tess moments were a flip-back as she went under the basket and a full-court drive in the last two minutes.  On that drive I’m certain she was planning on giving the ball up but no one from Billerica stepped up to stop the senior and she kept on going.

It is hard not to be impressed with Division Three Pentucket being able to defeat a quality D1 opponent.  Billerica was 17-4 last season.  I saw them lose to D1 undefeated state champ Andover (with Nicole Boudreau) by a point at Andover.  The Indians missed four free throws in the last 1 ½ minutes in that tough loss.

Brittany Lomanno (10 points) looks to get open

Brittany Lomanno (10 points) looks to get open

The pace of this game was certainly to the Sachems liking.  They forced the ball away from Billerica’s primary ball-handlers much of the game and made passing difficult.  Credit the Indians for being able to handle the pressure in the backcourt.  The struggle was in the front court.  Billerica had twenty-one turnovers (by my unofficial count) and missed a ton of rushed shots.

You win by twenty you probably will overlook your own team’s eighteen turnovers.  Billerica’s athleticism forced that many and showed well in the one-on-one matchups when the pace was to their liking.  However, Pentucket was able to speed things up most of the night and get enough openings to dominate from long range.

Billerica will next be hosting a very tough North Andover team at home on Friday night.

Pentucket will be hosting Cape Ann League opponent Newburyport also on Friday night.

ESPN Boston was in the house.  So was Masco’s Bob Romeo.

The state championship banner has now found a spot on the gymnasium wall.

Pentucket boxscore

Billerica boxscore

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McKenna Kilian along the sideline

McKenna Kilian along the sideline

opening tip

opening tip

McKenna Kilian in the lane

McKenna Kilian in the lane

Kayla Leverone (3), Tess Nogueira (32), Danielle Nickerson (22)

Kayla Leverone (3), Tess Nogueira (32), Danielle Nickerson (22)

Coley Viselli (9 points) sets for a three

Coley Viselli (9 points) sets for a three

Joslyn King

Joslyn King

Kelsi McNamara

Kelsi McNamara

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