Paris Wilkey scored 14 points for the Rams.
By MIKE ALONGI
Needing to win their final game of the regular season to finish 10-10, and qualify for the state tournament, the Marblehead High girls’ basketball team battled for 32 minutes but came up short, losing 38-30 to Classical Friday.
“We competed for the entire game, but we came up against a very good team, and they got by us,” Magicians coach Wayne Hanscom said. “We overachieved all year, this team did this year, I think, we won nine games, which is great, but we wanted to win 10.”
For Marblehead, their season ends at 9-11, while the home team Rams improve to 17-5, and wait for playoff seedings that will be announced Friday, February 24.
Classical coach Tom Sawyer said his team has been solid on defense all season, and Friday night against a desperate Marblehead team was no exception.
“We didn’t score a heck of a lot of points tonight, but we scored enough to win,” Sawyer said. “All year long for us it’s been the defense and tonight was no exception. We won 17 games overall this year which is great, the most we’ve won in a season since we were 20-0 way back in in 2003-2004.”
For the Rams, junior Paris Wilkey led all scorers, dropping in 14 points. Irianis Delgado, another of the talented Rams’ junior forwards, chipped in with 11 points.
Marblehead’s senior co-captains, Lindsay Walker and Ashley Stiles, were both playing their final game for the Magicians. Walker led her team in scoring with 12 points, while Stiles contributed three points. The Magicians’ other senior, point guard Montana Joyce, scored four points in her final game, and junior Hannah Garthe put in 11 points for Marblehead.
Newburyport 37, Lynnfield 34
The Pioneers (1-17) battled back from a 10-point deficit at halftime to make it a game. Lynnfield trailed by 12 early in the third quarter, but junior Juliana Passatempo hit a pair of buckets to help fuel an 8-0 run that closed the gap to four.
The Pioneers actually took the lead briefly with five minutes left in the game when junior guard Hannah Filipe buried a three to put Lynnfield up 30-29, but the Clippers pulled out the win in the final seconds.
Lynnfield freshman Melissa Morelli led the Pioneers with 11 points followed by Passatempo with 10. Paige Gouldthorpe had 11 points for Newburyport and Olivia Nelson, 10. The Clippers (10-8) qualified for the tournament with the win. Both teams have two non-league games remaining.
Malden 45, Saugus 44
The Sachems put forth a great effort, but lost on a buzzer-beating three-pointer against Malden on Friday night. Olivia Valente led Saugus with 12 points, while Taylor Bogdanski had 10 points and Alessia Salzillo had nine points.
The Sachems (15-6) will close out the regular season on Tuesday with a home game against Swampscott.
St. Mary’s 59, Bishop Fenwick 50
Jalen Echevarria had 14 points to lead the Spartans’ offense on Friday as St. Mary’s improved to 12-4 on the year. Jonathan Mola contributed 13 points, while Stephen Fama had 12 points.
The Spartans will take on Malden Catholic on Sunday afternoon in the Comcast Tournament at Malden Catholic High School.
Beverly 59, Salem 52
The Panthers improved to 11-7 on Friday night behind 14 points from Kevin Morency. Toskany Abreu had 13 points and Pat Gavin contributed 12 points.
For Salem (9-9), Henny Vlaun led the way with 12 points and Ethan Espinal added nine points. Next up for the Witches is the Spartan Classic tournament at St. Mary’s High School on Wednesday.
Somerville 59, Peabody 42
For Peabody (13-7), Moisse Irizarry had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, also adding four blocks. Matt D’Amato had eight points and Chubukem Onwuogo had five points, six rebounds and four blocks. The Tanners are all done with the regular season and now await the Division 1 North tournament seedings.
Tech 64, Minuteman 46
Tech clinches the CAC Small outright with the win. Belmin Berilo scored 10 points, David Davis added eight points and Johnny Marino finished with seven.
“It was a good team win,” Tech coach Stevie Patrick said. “13 of our guys scored.”
Tech finishes at 7-13, 7-1 in the CAC Small.
“It’s a wonderful thing,” Patrick said. “Us and the girls team, we’re going to the state tournament together. It’s a good thing for Lynn Tech because it’s been a while. It took hard work.”
St. Mary’s 4, Newburyport 1
Dante Maribito continued his strong season with two goals and an assist in a win over Newburyport in a make-up game from earlier this season. Mike Zampanti and Colin Reddy each had one goal and one assist in the win.
The Spartans (13-5-1) have another make-up game on Sunday afternoon when they take on Andover at Connery Rink.
Division 5 state championships
James Brumfield was the lone runner representing the Spartans at the Division 5 state championships on Friday, placing in the top 10 in three events. Brumfield finished fourth in the high jump with a height of six feet even, then finished fifth in the 55-meter dash (6.77 seconds) and 10th in the 55 hurdles (8.22).
Shawn Carlson, who was the the No. 1 seed in the 600-meter coming into states, took first place in the event with a time of 1:23.56.
Top-seeded runner Nick Kinnon set a meet record in the 300-meter on Friday, finishing with a time of 36.18. Kinnon also finished second in the 55 dash (6.57).