School Sports Roundup: Gallant drives Fenwick to victory

Sammi Gallant (center) led Fenwick past Arlington Catholic. (Item File Photo)

The Bishop Fenwick girls basketball team did just enough to sneak away with a 33-30 win at Arlington Catholic Tuesday night.

Senior Sammi Gallant did the heavy lifting for the Crusaders, scoring 23 points with seven rebounds and three steals.

“Sammi led us in rebounding and scoring,” Fenwick coach Adam DeBaggis said. “She did an unbelievable job taking the ball to the hoop and she hit a couple big three’s. It was a game between Sammi and Arlington Catholic’s Erin Donlin (17 points). They went head to head all night. Sammi definitely carried us on the offensive end.”

Olivia DiPietro scored eight points with six rebounds and “played great defense all night. She played well offensively too, just had a couple buckets that didn’t fall for her,” DeBaggis said.

Fenwick (6-5) has two days of practice to gear up for a battle at St. Mary’s Friday night (6:30).

“Every game we play in the CCL is like a boxing match,” DeBaggis said. “It comes to down to the team that’s standing the longest. It’s always like that with St. Mary’s.”

Shawsheen Tech 52, Lynn Tech 20
Michayla Lawrence and Niyo Mwajuma each had seven points for the Tigers in the loss. Tech (4-8) plays on the road against Notre Dame Wednesday.

Lynnfield 52, Ipswich 34
The Pioneers overcame a slow start and a Tigers’ rally in the third quarter, then clamped down defensively in the fourth, holding the visitors to three points to seal a 52-34 win. With the win, Lynnfield improved to 4-5.
Junior captain Missy Morelli scored a season-high 18 points, while freshman Cate MacDonald scored 14 points and junior captain Tori Morelli scored 10. Lynnfield’s four wins are the most for the Pioneers since the 2014-2015 season.

Medford 92, Lynn Classical 85
Carly Mendonca was a double-winner for the Rams in the loss, taking first in the 100-yard freestyle and the 100 backstroke. Jacob Lang finished first in the 500 freestyle, while Ciara Collins placed first in diving. The 400 freestyle relay team on Lang, Mendonca, Sydney Finnigan and Christian Flores also took first place.

Classical (5-2) won’t swim again until the NEC conference meet on January 31.

Marblehead 92, Swampscott 83
Brian Coleman and Theo Chemel were both double-winners for the Magicians, with Coleman winning the 50 freestyle and the 100 butterfly and Chemel taking the 100 backstroke and the 500 freestyle. Other winners for the Magicians were Lucas Perez in the 100 freestyle and Cara Grazado in diving.

Marblehead (7-0) swims against Danvers Thursday.

Danvers 58, Salem 36
The Falcons had two double-winners on the day, with Ethan McGrath taking first in the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly and Raphael Hicaro placing first in the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke.

Madeline Butler finished first in the 100 backstroke, TJ Salvo took the 500 freestyle and Jared Casey finished first in the 100 freestyle.

Bishop Fenwick 46, Arlington Catholic 43 (OT)
Senior forward Jaysean Stuart had 12 points in the overtime win, including the final 3-pointer to win the game. Senior Nate Andrews had 12 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks.  

Fenwick (8-2) hosts St. Mary’s Friday.

Shawsheen 67, Tech 48
Rob Wallace led the Tigers with 13 points. Qasim Abellard scored six points and dominated the post with 12 rebounds. Amari Gaston contributed in all areas and tallied six points, five steals and four assists.

The Tigers host Chelsea next Tuesday.

Salem 72, Essex Tech 23
Jayco Pena had a solid night for the Witches with 13 points and four rebounds, while Bobby Jellison added 12 points and four rebounds.

Salem (8-2) hosts Gloucester Friday night (7).

Lynnfield 60, Ipswich 50
The Pioneers won their third straight game to improve to 4-6 (4-4 CAL). With the Pioneers clinging to a four-point lead, 40-36, after three, sophomore Jack Ford (22 points) and junior captain Clay Marengi (18 points) combined for 13 fourth-quarter points to put the game out of  reach. Senior captain Jackson Cleary (seven points), Khad Connell (five points), Max Boustris and Tony Hunt (three points) and John Astrofsky (2 points) also scored. Lynnfield’s next game is Friday night against Pentucket (6:30).

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