Rudolph, St. Mary’s open with win over Bedford
The State Tournament brings out the best in the best players and Lynn’s Brianna Rudolph was a force to be reckoned with in the St. Mary’s High girls basketball team’s 62-58 victory over Bedford in the Division 3 North quarterfinals.
Rudolph, a junior guard from Lynn, scored 27 points in the Lady Spartans’ exciting win over a tough and talented Bedford team that is moving to Division 2 next season. Rudolph, MVP of the Spartan Classic, showed the depth of her skills with jumpers, drives, and rebounds.
“Brianna is approaching the threshold of good player to great player,” said St. Mary’s coach Jeff Newhall. “She’s becoming more consistent and getting better and better.”
Sharell Sanders had 16 points in another superb all-around outing while Jennie Mucciarone netted ten points.
The St. Mary’s boys basketball team was set to play Snowden in the Division 4 North sectional semifinals Monday night at Chelsea High School. The defending state champions rolled to a 63-46 win over Winthrop before besting Pope John, 65-51, in the quarterfinals.
Lynn’s Tommy Deveau has been outstanding in the post season, scoring 15 points against Winthrop and adding a team-high 24 points in a gritty win over Pope John. Matt Manning, a returning starter from last year’s state championship team, had a 20-point outing against Winthrop and a 22-point gem against Pope John.
The Lynn English boys basketball team has advanced to the Division 1 North semifinals after beating Haverhill 76-47 and Somerville 75-47. Erick Rosario (21 points), Fred Hogan (12) and Stevie Collins led the rout of the Hillies.
The Lynn English girls basketball team was eliminated by three-time defending state champion Andover, 55-47, Sunday in the Division 1 North quarterfinals at the Paul Cavanagh Fieldhouse. Diondra Woumn led the Lady Bullogs with 20 points. Andover hit seven 3-pointers in the fourth period to pull away to a victory.
The St. Mary’s girls hockey team defeated Newton North 5-1 Saturday night at Connery Rink to advance to the Division 1 semifinals where they will play Austin Prep. Alison Butler powered the St. Mary’s offense with two goals and an assist.
The English boys are set to play Everett High Tuesday night at Beverly High School. The two schools met in the Division 1A football playoffs in 2011 with Everett defeating the Bulldogs on its way to the Super Bowl title. Everett football coach John DiBiaso is also the school’s boys basketball coach.
A coach from UMass/Lowell women’s basketball program, which is moving up to Division 1 next season, was on hand to watch the Lady Spartans’ terrific trio of Sanders, Rudolph, and Mucciarone in their game against Bedford. The coach indicated that he had earlier witnessed Sanders’ impressive defensive effort against Lynn English in the Boverini Tournament.
The Division 4 North sectional finals will be held at Emmanuel College Friday night while the Division 1, 2, and 3 North sectional finals will be held Saturday at Tsongas Center in Lowell. The North sectional champions will play the South sectional champions Monday and Tuesday at the TD Garden in Boston.