The Saugus girls basketball team’s long ride home from Gloucester Friday night was a happy one, as the Sachems came away with a 53-36 win.
Alessia Salzillo led the way with 14 points and played stellar defense, racking up seven steals. Taylor Bogdanski (6 points) and Marisa Stockwell (5 points) were playmakers on the glass.
“Taylor was just bringing the energy and boxing out and working the offensive glass as well,” Saugus coach Mark Schruender said. “Those two were really cleaning up the glass for us.”
Allie Kotkowski bounced back from an illness earlier in the week and provided plenty of energy on defense, while Jillian Ricupero provided a spark off the bench.
The Sachems (5-2) have a tall task ahead on Monday against Revere.
“We’re taking it one day at a time,” Schruender said, “But Revere’s really good. Everyone talks about Valentina (Pepic), rightfully so, but they have a bunch of kids who can play.”
St. Mary’s 59, Austin Prep 42
The Spartans were led by Pamela Gonzalez’s 19 points.Olivia Nazaire added 14 points. The Spartans (6-3) now make the trip to Brooklyn, N.Y. on Sunday to take on North Rockland High School in the Rose Classic Tournament.
Lynn Classical 46, Peabody 34
The Rams improved to 8-1. Irianis Delgado logged a double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds to pace the Classical offense, while Jeylly Medrano had nine points, seven rebounds and four assists. Jean Gupton also had a nice game with four points and 10 rebounds.
Classical visits Beverly Monday afternoon.
Beverly 48, English 34
Ely Guity scored 18 points with six rebounds and four assists. Kimaniy Dorsey added eight points and four rebounds. English visits Medford Monday night.
Bishop Fenwick 52, Arlington Catholic 47
Sammi Gallant had a huge game for Fenwick with 22 points, six rebounds and five steals. Olivia DiPietro added a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Courtney Norton had 10 points and five assists.
Fenwick (6-4) hosts CCL rival St. Mary’s Friday.
Danvers 48, Winthrop 30
Lily Montanari had 14 points to lead the Falcons (6-1). Siobhan Moriarty added 10 points and Sarah Unczur just missed a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds.
Danvers hosts Marblehead Tuesday night.
Revere 59, Marblehead 34
Marblehead was led by Madi Ernst’s eight points. Darcy O’Sullivan had seven points, five rebounds and two blocks, while Emily Clough had six points and eight rebounds. Madeline Bowden had a big game on both offense and defense.
Marblehead visits Danvers Tuesday.
Swampscott 29, Salem 15
Grace DiGrande led all scorers with 11 points and eight rebounds, while Brooke Stout had six points and seven rebounds. Ella Sprague grabbed 12 rebounds.
Shawsheen Tech 63, Lynn Tech 24
Tech dropped to 2-7. Arianna Anaya had 11 points, while Shyla Jackson contributed seven points. The Tigers host Minuteman Tuesday.
Peabody 49, Classical 43
The Tanners saw big games from Chris Canela (15 points), Jake Irvine (13 points, 6 rebounds) and Jake Gustin (12 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals).
“Classical has been one of top teams in the NEC for years,” Peabody coach Thad Broughton said. “They’re a well-coached, great all-around team, so this is a huge win for us.”
For Classical, Malik Anderson led the way with 14 points, while Deontae Plouffe added 13.
The Rams (6-2) take on rival English Wednesday, while Peabody (5-3) will take on the Bulldogs Friday.
English 73, Beverly 54
Alonzo Linton scored 22 points to lead English (7-1). Javonte Edwards scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and Javaris Hill added 10 points with 13 rebounds. Myles Manalaysay knocked in three 3-pointers to finish with nine points. English battles Classical Wednesday.
Marblehead 84, Revere 68
Marblehead got itself back up to .500 with the win. Derek Marino had 28 points and six steals, while Seamus Keaney almost mirrored those stats with 26 points and six steals.
The Magicians (4-4) host Danvers Wednesday.
Arlington Catholic 46, Bishop Fenwick 34
Nik Pignone led Fenwick with 17 points. Fenwick (3-6) has another road game Sunday at Lowell Catholic.
Gloucester 56, Saugus 42
Vinny Cirame had 13 points for the Sachems, while Mike Mabee had 11 points. While it’s been a tough season for Saugus, coach Mark Bertrand sees signs of improvement.
“We had a really bad first half, but played great overall in the second half,” Bertrand said. “If we can just put two halves of solid basketball together, we can rack up some wins.”
The Sachems (1-5) play Essex Tech Tuesday.
Shawsheen 64, Tech 61
Belmin Berilo scored 29 points, Rob Wallace added 22 and Tre Baldwin added 11. Tech (4-4) visits Minuteman Tuesday.
Bishop Fenwick 85, Gloucester 74
The Crusaders finished first in 10 events. Fenwick had four double-winners on the night, as Rowan Emerson won both the 50 freestyle (25.33) and the 100 freestyle (57.72), Sophia Lumino won the 100 breaststroke (1:13.08) and the 200 freestyle (2:09.20), Catherine Christuk won the 100 backstroke (1:02.36) and the 500 freestyle (5:29.87) and Sabrina Botthof won the 100 butterfly (1:11.14) and the 200 individual medley (2:41.14). The Crusaders also got relay wins from the team of Christuk, Emerson, Lumino and Botthof in the 200 medley relay (1:56.22) and the team of Botthof, Christuk, Lumino and Emily DelBene in the 200 freestyle relay (1:53.56).
Fenwick (4-0) hosts Matignon Sunday.