The No. 6 Lynnfield Pioneers girls basketball team punched its ticket to the Division 3 North semifinals Sunday afternoon with a 69-43 rout over No. 4 Greater Lawrence Tech in Andover.
Junior captain Melissa Morelli had a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds while freshman Cate MacDonald scored a game-high 21 points, 11 of them in the first quarter to help the Pioneers jump out to an 18-4 lead.
The Pioneers kept their foot on the gas in the second period, outscoring the Reggies 21-10 to take a comfortable 39-14 lead into the halftime break, then coasted home in the second half.
Sophomore captain Grace Klonsky had a solid all-around game with 10 points, four steals and three rebounds, while freshman Riley Hallahan contributed six points and four rebounds off the bench. Sophomore Ava Buonfiglio also delivered quality minutes off the bench with six points, five rebounds and three assists.
With the win, the Pioneers advanced to an all-Cape Ann League semifinal matchup Wednesday at Whittier Tech (7 p.m.) against Amesbury, the No. 2 seed.
Winchester 3, Bishop Fenwick 2 (SO)
It took two overtimes and a shootout, but eventually the No. 11 Crusaders ran out of gas and had their season ended by the No. 3 Sachems in the Division 1 North quarterfinal at Stoneham Arena Sunday night. Fenwick took a 2-0 lead going into the third period, but Winchester woke up in the final minutes to force two overtimes before eventually winning the shootout by a score of 2-1.
Jake Murphy scored two goals for the Crusaders, while Diego Alvarez-Segee had one assist.
Fenwick finishes the season at 11-10-1.