Boys - Stoneham's Tom Nadeau scored 26 points in his team'a win over North Reading
Girls - Foxboro's Kat Tamulionis scored 21 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in her team's win against Stoughton
Team - The Old Rochester Boys defeated Burke 64-61 in one of the best games of the tourney so far
Boys - Newton North's Tommy Mobley scored 23 points including career point 1,000 in his team's win over Braintree
Girls - Fenway's Takora McIntyre scored 22 points in her team's win over Matignon
Team - The Brookline Boys needed double overtime plus a superb performance down the stretch from Elijah Rogers to beat Taunton 84-82
Boys - Andover's David Giribaldi made the winning lay-up in his team'a late comeback win over Billerica
Girls - Sharon's Karlie O'Driscoll scored 22 points, grabbed 10 boards, and had five blocks and five steals in her team's win over Norwood
Team - #15 seed Oliver Ames Girls upset #2 seed Plymouth North 57-50 in the D2 South sectional
Boys - Durfee's Tyree Robinson was dominant (28 pts. 9 rebs. and 7 blocks) in his team's win over Bridgewater-Raynham
Girls - Bishop Feehan's Maddie Jolan scored 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in her team's win over Wellesley
Team - The Newton South Boys defeated higher seeded Marshfield 66-55 to advance in the D1 South Sectional
-South: West Bridgewater, Blue Hills
-North: New Mission, Mystic Valley
-South: Greater New Bedford
-South: Holbrook, Upper Cape
Players to watch:
-North: Meghan Foley (Mystic Valley), Katie Monestime (St. Clement), Takora McIntyre (Fenway), Jazz Laracuente (New Mission), Samnell Vonleh (Whittier), Monica Pech (Lowell Catholic), Gianna Hill (Pope John)
-South: Margarita Delaporta (Blue Hills), Brittany Stone (West Bridgewater), Iris Rivera (Greater New Bedford), Christine Schandek (West Bridgewater), Michaela Adams (Blue Hills), Nakira Examond (Greater New Bedford), Sam Medeiros (Westport)
Overview: In the North, Fenway is the clear favorite after winning the Boston City Championship this week. New Mission and Mystic Valley look to pose the biggest threats to Fenway, but their overall team speed on both ends of the floor looks like a tall order for any team to overcome in the sectional. In the South, there are two undefeated teams in Blue Hills and West Bridgewater. Unfortunately for Blue Hills, Greater New Bedford lurks in their bracket after going to the Garden the last two seasons. We think that West Bridgewater half of the bracket shapes up better than Blue Hills' and we see Fenway and West Bridgewater meeting in the D4 final.
-South: West Bridgewater
The Contenders: Bourne, Abington
The Wildcards: Norwell, Hanover, Coyle & Cassidy, Archbishop Williams
Could Surprise: Apponequet, Rockland
Players to watch: Linsay Bumila (Coyle & Cassidy), Alana Gilmer (Archbishop Williams), Chelsea Doucette (Bourne), Meghan Rabb (Hanover), Brie Girouard (Bourne), Jen Worden (Abington), Stephanie Flynn (Hanover), Sara Barcomb (Norwell)
Overview: This is another wide open sectional with the top six teams having three or fewer losses. Then there is the issue of dealing with Archbishop Williams. At 11-11, they drew a #12 seed, but with a number of quality wins on their resume they may be the most dangerous #12 seed in the girls playoffs. Another intriguing match-up could occur in the sectional semi-finals as rivals Abington and Norwell could hook up again as the two have split their two games in the regular season.
Beantownhoops pick: Abington. We think they will get through their half of the bracket and will meet Archbishop Williams in the sectional final. But as unpredictable as this bracket looks, it would not even be close to a surprise to see anyone else winning it.
The Contender: St. Mary's
The Wildcards: Winthrop, Bishop Fenwick
Could Surprise: Lynnfield
Players to watch: Brianna Rudolph (St. Mary's), Sharell Sanders (St. Mary's), Jennie Mucciarone (St. Mary's), Kate Lipka (Bishop Fenwick), Emma Mancini (Lynnfield), Kristin Siscamanis (Winthrop), Ashlynne Babb (Winthrop), Collen Corcoran (Bishop Fenwick)
Overview: Winthrop, Fenwick, and Lynnfield have all had a successful season, but unfortunately St. Mary's is just that good. They have depth at each position and have played a tough non-league schedule to prove it (not to mention conference foes in Arlington Catholic and Archbishop Williams).
Beantownhoops pick: St. Mary's. Watch Brianna Rudolph closely during this sectional, one of the best players in the area.
The Contenders: Duxbury, Plymouth North
The Wildcards: North Attleboro, Notre Dame (Hingham)
Could Surprise: Westwood, Sharon
Players to watch: Catherine Harrison (Duxbury), Joie Grassi (Plymouth North), Meghan Walsh (Plymouth North), Danielle Peron (North Attleboro), Lauren Becker (Notre Dame), Ashley Ahern (North Attleboro), Karlie O'Driscoll (Sharon)
Overview: Duxbury is one of the best defensive teams in the state and their undefeated record proves that. Plymouth North has a star in the freshmen Grassi and along with Meghan Walsh and Samantha Burkhead they have a formidable trio. The two teams to watch closely are North Attleboro and Notre Dame. Both have dealt with bits of inconsistency on the season and depending on if their good side shows up they could make a run here.
Beantownhoops pick: Duxbury. Defense wins championships and it is clear that Coach Bob Sullivan emphasizes that end of the floor. A Plymouth North/Duxbury sectional final will be fun to watch if it develops.
The Contenders: Watertown, Arlington Catholic
The Wildcards: Bedford, Wilmington
Could Surprise: Pentucket, Hamilton-Wenham
Players to watch: Mo Buckley (Arlington Catholic), Emma Lutz (Arlington Catholic), Gabby Coppola (Watertown), Sam Cowan (Bedford), Shannon Murphy (Watertown), Kelsi McNamara (Pentucket), Sam Charette (Hamilton-Wenham)
Overview: A competitive sectional which we could easily see one of six teams winning it. Watertown has a great combination in the Coppola sisters along with freshman Shannon Murphy and Arlington Catholic's deadly duo of Buckley and Lutz will be tough to stop. Bedford got hit by the injury bug late in the season, but when healthy they are one of the top teams in the area. Wilmington and Hamilton-Wenham have a chance to surprise and Pentucket is always right there.
Beantownhoops pick: Arlington Catholic. They are finally healthy after Buckley's knee injury and this week of preparation should have her ready for their first round game.
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