For years, Braintree girls’ basketball coach Kristen McDonnell and her counterpart at Cathedral, Clinton Lassiter, had tried to schedule a game between their teams, with the intent of sharpening each other for the postseason.
It finally happened on Monday night, with the visiting Wamps knocking off Cathedral, 62-57, in front of a raucous Senior Night crowd.
McDonnell said her team wasn’t accustomed to such an atmosphere, but noted her players were prepared to expect such intensity from the second-ranked Panthers (15-3). And while the game started off at a fast pace, it was a bit sloppy on both ends and marred by multiple turnovers and missed fastbreak opportunities.
But once fourth-ranked Braintree (14-2) started to “embrace the chaos,” as McDonnell put it, the game started to open up for the Wamps, who were led by juniors Jeniyah Jones (15 points, 5 rebounds) and Adriana Timberlake (14 points) and senior Rachel Tutkus (12 points).
After Cathedral controlled a 30-27 halftime lead, Braintree came out in the second and went on an 11-0 run punctuated by consecutive jumpers from Jenna Roche and Mackenzie Moore to give the Wamps a 40-32 lead.
Dejah Jenkins (18 points) and Mackenzie Daleba (12 points and 10 rebounds) helped the Panthers rally for a 46-43 lead that eventually grew to 53-46 in the fourth.
But the Wamps displayed their championship mettle when Moore buried a 3-pointer to pull Braintree within 55-54 before Jones hit the go-ahead layup with 1:33 left.
“I think Clinton and I both scheduled this game intentionally at the end of the season so it would help us, regardless of a win or a loss,” said McDonnell, who indicated the teams planned to stage a return game at Braintree next season.
“You’re not going to play the toughness and the athleticism of these kids too much, so I think any game like this you gain a lot going forward.”
Archbishop Williams 60, Bishop Feehan 56 — The third-ranked Bishops (15-2) pulled out the double-overtime win over No. 9 Feehan (13-4) thanks to a 28-point performance from senior point guard Asiah Dingle."I almost had a heart attack,’’ said ABW coach Matt Mahoney. Though the Shamrocks held possession with less than a minute to go in second OT, Dingle stole the ball and turned over the power to the eventual winner. The Kent commit then drained a pair of free throws to finish it out. Junior Bridgette O'Reilly connected for a 3 beyond the arc to boost the Bishops post-regulation.
St. Mary’s 80, Mystic Valley 48 — The host Spartans (14-6) raced out to a 56-17 halftime cushion over the 18th-ranked Eagles (15-3) for their third win in four days. Pamela Gonzalez (15 points) and Olivia Nazaire (12) scored all of their points in the first 16 minutes. Sophomore Gabby Torres netted 21. Menel Lamadzema led MV with 23.
Matignon 59, Mount Alvernia 27 — Junior forwards Korine and Katty Haidul scored 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the Warriors (16-0).
St. John’s Prep 56, St. Mary’s 54 — In Lynn, Jarnel Snow-Guzman poured in 14 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, including a winning layup in traffic as time expired, as the sophomore point guard rose up for the visiting Eagles (14-4) in crunch time.
“With the talent we have on this team, I feel like we shouldn’t be losing to [St. Mary’s],” said Snow-Guzman. “We needed someone to step it up and I felt like it was my turn as the point guard to step up in a big game.”
Malden Catholic 5, Braintree 2 — Jerry Bazile (2 goals) broke a 2-2 tie with the go-ahead goal in the second period, Colin Nester doubled the margin, and sophomore Kevin Burkett made 11 saves in his return to the lineup from injury for host MC (6-8-3) in a nonleague matchup vs. the Wamps (6-6-5).
“It’s all about the two points,” said Malden Catholic assistant coach Phil Antonelli. “We are on some unchartered waters right now; having to fight for a playoff spot is something that we have not gone through in a long time. The message to our group is we have to find out what we are made of.”
Central Catholic 9, Westford 0 — Seniors Eric Lester (3 goals) and Matt Lane (2 goals) fueled the attack as the top-ranked Raiders (18-1) locked up the Merrimack Valley Conference title at the ICenter.
Plymouth North/South 3, Canton 2 — Kayla Donovan and Kelsey Routhier stuffed in power-play goals four minutes apart in the third period, lifting the 12th-ranked hosts (13-3-3) past the No. 9 Bulldogs (11-3-3) at Armstrong Arena. Canton had allowed 16 total goals in its first 16 games.
“We were able to bury most of all our rebound shots tonight and our first line was phenomenal, as usual,” said Plymouth coach Sadie Wright-Ward.
Lauren Fitzpatrick netted Canton’s second goal with 1:34 remaining in the third.
Donovan said her team had a ton of energy.
“It was senior night, we had a great crowd and we lost to Canton twice last year,” she said. “We were pumped up going into that third period and played really well together.”
St. John’s Prep senior Tristan Shelgren was named the state’s Gatorade Boys’ Cross-Country Runner of the Year. The Boxford teen won the Division 1 state title by 22.12 seconds, captured the Foot Locker Northeast Regional by 4.2 seconds, and placed 39th at the nationals.
Carrying a weighted 3.65 GPA, he will run cross-country at the University of North Carolina.Nate Weitzer reported from Lynn, Tom Joyce from Plymouth, and Carson Tully from Malden. For more highlights, go to bostonglobe.com/schools. To report scores, call 617-929-2860/3235 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.